Beware the Warranty..

Standing at the kitchen bench pretending not to eat the roast chicken this evening I started thinking about pots.  I had roasted our chicken in my big le creuset.  It used to belong to my mother, it will probably be handed on to my daughter.  I am a stinge with pots and pans, I own only what I need, no more no less.  My collection of pots has been scrounged second hand from family members, friends, sales at old jobs and the odd junk shop.

Tell me about your favourite cookware, fancy, old, new or borrowed..
I own very few pans under 25 years, however the worst pot I own I bought a little over two years ago.  A medium sized stock pot purchased new with a warranty and everything.   This pot pitted at its very first use (crayfish stock). The manufacturer helpline claimed the shop should exchange and the shop stated the manufacturer should replace.   Mid book shoot, while organising my wedding and filming a pilot for a TV show this pot got filed in the too hard basket. I spot it occasionally at the back of the shed and groan, I could have had new fancy shoes for the price of that damn pot.

This experience keeps me sober when I get all hot about having new cookware, or cookware that matches, or stuff that stacks tidily.  The old pots are the best, in second hand shops I make a bee-line for kitchen stuff, every few years it pays off (last year I got a lovely black enamelware roaster with its original leaf imprint lid).

The only positive exception is my tall enamel dipped pot. Lime green, probably the reason for the sale price, it is perfect for my Chinese whole chicken soup. This pot also served as a jam pan until I got a real preserver. I used my lime green beauty on Good Morning and it received more comments than I ever got. This pot is scratched and sad inside but a quick re-enameled and it will be tickity-boo. It may be a new pot but it has old values.

A counting and re-appreciation of my current pots;
  1. milk pan, bought to celebrate being single again, fantasy of morning cappuccinos and the lifestyle section of the paper all to myself.
  2. small saucepan; from the sale of old pots at Nestle NZ when we upgraded the kitchen
  3. medium saucepan
  4. medium saucepan; as above
  5. medium le creuset; broken handle, still works though...
  6. large le creuset; found it  with the medium one in the woolshed at mums. Remember her getting these for Christmas when I was about 6.
  7. tall enamelware pot, closing down sale at Nest - 30 bucks, total score.
  8. crappy stockpot, hmm no further comment
  9. giant heavy gauge stockpot, left over from when I had a catering company
  10. preserving pan, wedding present!
  11. cast iron frying pan, a hand-me-down from dear friends up north
  12. small seafood frying pan- was in a kitchen we took over to open a restaurant
Beware the warranty, the oldies are the best. 


  1. Anonymous5:47 pm

    hi Laura,

    Could you be so kind as to suggest where I might go to get my Le Creuset pots re-enamelled Please? I've had them for 20 years and I'm really starting to notice the pitting now. many thanks in advance
    Gina Payne

    1. Hi Gina,
      I have spoken to a number of people about this, and the least expensive option is to do nothing, apparently the oil and sugars in your food may create a natural base...
      There is a crowd in Canada
      but i have yet to locate someone in NZ.
      I'l keep you posted if i do!


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