Though I’ve always enjoyed cooking for my friends and my family, I’ve logged more hours in my kitchen during the past seven months than imagined I would in years. Preparing different meals for kids and adults, finding storage space for non-perishables, and the endless cycle of cleaning has taken a toll. With many more hours of use, my worn-yet-functional cookware had seen better days. After my latest organizing spree, where I tried for the millionth time to fit all of my pots and pans into a cabinet designed to hold much less, I realized it was time to simplify my situation. Equal Parts cookware came to the rescue.
Equal Parts’ latest set of pots and pans is intentional in ways my old set was not. The four pieces easily nest in a single stack for storage in the smallest spaces, meaning no more Jenga-like precision needed to put them all away. The two universal lids work across the collection, eliminating the inevitable back and forth for my husband and me: one of us rushes to cover a bubbling pot, and the other frantically searches for the right lid (“Nope, that one doesn’t fit either!”). This new set cuts out all the guesswork.
The naturally non-stick and non-toxic ceramic is oven and dishwasher-friendly, a huge relief to a certain someone (me) who ruined a different non-stick frying pan by accidentally throwing it in the dishwasher. Even without a spin in the dishwasher, cleanup is a total breeze—baked-on food comes off with a wipe, and my pans are still scratch-free, despite countless eggs scrambled and pancakes flipped.
Each set comes with one 8-Inch Fry Pan, one 10-inch Essential Pan, one 3.5-quart Sauce Pan, and one 8-quart Stock Pot, and the bundle is just $325 (total value $363). Shoppers can also buy single pieces to mix and match colors or test out the product before purchasing the set. The brand offers a 30-day trial to be sure you love what you buy.
I've learned to never underestimate the importance of strategically-designed lid knobs and pot handles—having been burned before, I never want to go there (the hospital) again. Equal Parts' designs leave substantial space between the knob and the pot lid, and a silicone gasket allows heat to dissipate. The pot lid and contents stay hot, but your hand is protected when you open the lid. Long stainless steel handles have a flat top and curved bottom, so they're comfortable to hold and not awkward for smaller hands. Knowing that I’m not going to get burned when I check on a covered pot of simmering liquid has given me much-needed peace of mind.
The hardest decision you’ll have to make is which color to choose—the new collection comes in five bold hues (red, navy, light blue, cream, and black) and a sleek design that adds personality to any space. I went for the light blue, which is supposed to elicit the sense of calm I’ve been so desperately missing during my pandemic cooking. I hate ruining fancy frying pans and working myself into a burn-prone cooking frenzy, so I’m here to embrace the tranquility. Pick out your own set now.