Q: I'm in my mid-20s and I'm starting to build out my first apartment on my own. My favorite part of the shopping is stocking my kitchen tools. I've looked high and low for some recommendations for a good baking dish.
What other products should I be looking at? I would like to spend $100 or less, but care most about durability and functionality.
Sent by Tammy
Editor: Well, you can't go wrong with a really handy 9x13-inch baking dish. Once you find the right one, it'll become your go-to for lasagna, brownies, and a myriad of casseroles. It's one of my favorite items in the kitchen, thanks to its versatility.
If you want a dish that makes the transition from the kitchen to the center of the table flawlessly, then established brands like Le Creuset and Staub will do just that, but you'll quickly hit the $100 mark. Keep an eye out for those items at stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx. From there it's going to depend on what kind of baking you do; choose function when buying the following items: cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, quick breads.
You can find long-lasting options from brands like NordicWare and Chicago Metallic, and often buying the pans in a bundle makes them more affordable. However, some bundles have more than you really need. If you're not a cake baker and really only need an 8x8-inch pan and a baking sheet to round out your baking gear, you're better off buying pieces.
Any other thoughts to add, Kitchn readers?