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Everyday Family Living Cookware Best Approaches to Cooking for a Large Family

My introduction to 360 Cookware was on my very first date with my husband, Bryan. He handed me a 1 Quart Saucepan with excitement, as it was one of the very first pieces he made at his cookware factory — Americraft, in West Bend, WI.  He declared it, “the best stainless steel cookware you will ever own!” I was skeptical since he felt the need to give me instructions on how to cook. Telling me it was high-performance cookware and I only needed to cook on medium to low heat … I mean, I’d been cooking for most of my life! I was certainly eager to try it since, according to Bryan, it was the best stainless steel pots and pans I had ever laid my hands on!

Of course I didn’t listen to any of his advice about cooking on medium to low heat and I burned the broccoli during my first experience. However, once I figured out how efficient 360 Cookware was, I quickly became a cooking machine. I threw out all of my coated cookware (yuck!) and proceeded to build my set, one date at a time. :)

Modern-Day Update on Family Living Cookware

Fast-forward 5 years and I am now working side-by-side with Bryan at Americraft. When we got married, our families blended to include six children, between the ages 7 to 14. The five older children are boys, so you can imagine our need for quick meals for big families.

We love to cook. Dinnertime is important to our large family and we try to make it to the table as a family every night. Like you, I deal with the same daily questions plus some other challenges when cooking for 8:

  • “What’s for dinner?”
  • “Oh no! Did I take out enough meat to thaw?”
  • “I’m running late, the kids have practice, homework, gymnastics, etc. – what can I cook that is quick and still nutritious?”
  • “How many will actually be here for dinner? ”
  • “How many kids are going through a growth spurt?”  BIG ISSUE!!!
  • “Is doubling the recipe going to be enough?”
  • “How many pans do I need?”
  • “But 2 kids hate chicken!!”

You get the picture. We have all been there.

We’ve All Been Therewhen it comes to large family cooking.I end up doubling (sometimes tripling) every recipe I make with cookware for a large family, so I use my 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan nightly and absolutely love it. I don’t even put it away, when it is cleaned it goes right back on the stove for the next night. I kept begging for an extra-large skillet, so needless to say I was excited when we were able to introduce the 360 Cookware 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan! Another one of my favorites is our big Stainless Steel Stockpots. I love the 8 Quart Stock Pot. I cook a turkey in it about once a week. (Yes, on top of the stove. No, it doesn’t take forever!)

Juicy Stove Top Turkey

It is hard to pick a favorite 360 Cookware Recipe, but I would have to say, a big winner in our family is the one pot chicken parmesan (even for the kids who hate chicken). Very simple dish that looks like it took forever and is done all in 1 pan! That part is great, especially after seeing another chicken Parmesan recipe that calls for using 2 pots and a baking dish, not including another pot if you want to put it over noodles. I’ll take a one-pot-clean-up recipe any day!

One of our main missions at 360 is to provide cooking tools that will help keep large families at the dinner table. I use 360 Cookware daily and I couldn’t live without it. It makes cooking fun and manageable with a large family.

Thanks for listening to my story about how 360 makes my life a little easier. I hope it will help you too and if it does, please reach out to me and let me know how! I would love to hear from you!

Here’s to cooking 360!

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