What is the best value in ceramic nonstick frying pans? My brother
bought some white ones on eBay and the nonstick performance is not
very good at all. Food does stick and it is impossible to wipe them
clean with a paper towel.
I want something with good nonstick performance at a reasonable
price. Can anyone recommend one? Thank you in advance for any
When I am in the kitchen, I often kick one of my cat's balls.
After I kick it, he will sometimes play with it for a few
Very few pans have truly long lasting non-stick, but you should be
able to get some years from them. I have two size non-stick pans. The
large one is a Woll that is on the pricey side but still is non-stick
after five years. Then I have a small Farberware pan that is about 2
years old now and was about $15 at TJ Maxx. I can fry an egg and just
wipe it out with a paper towel.
I've see the "ceramic" pans but have not tried any of them. For
serious cooking I use SS lined copper (mine is Falk) or a tri-ply All
Last time they were on sale at Costco I bought a set of Tramontina
frying pans -- and I'm really happy. I've been using plastic/wood tools
with them (no scratches -- why take a chance?), and stuff really doesn't
stick -- including scrambled egg whites (dried egg white + equal volume
of water, blend (in blender) until mixed) with no oil or Pam. They're
on sale again. $20/set, no coupon required.
Everything has a "best use" place. CI is great for some stuff, not so
good for others.
Want to sear a teak? Get out the CI
Want to cook something with tomato sauce or other acidic ingredients?
Use stainless steel or other non reactive material.
If I want to make breaded pork chops, the ones in the triple ply
stainless steel will brown evenly over the entire pane, while the ones
in the cast iron will brown faster towards the center of the pan, than
the outer edge. The copper pan is great for even browning also.
We often use the cast iron pan as a roasting pan for pork roast and
meatloaf. It works great for that. Put the formed meatloaf in the
pan, cut up potatoes and put them around it, cook in the oven at 400
until done, about 160 degrees. Turn the potatoes once.
I have to drag out the cast iron skillet I use at camp. I have not tried
that much lately. Ill have to get to know it. My one aluminum, tfe, pan
still has a tendency to lift up in the center with gas heat, even hough its
thick. I made a bad choice buying a really thin pan, you can bend with our
hand. My stainless skillet is a bit of a pain, even though it's really nice
with copper bottom.
I use enameled roasters or enameled soup pots, because they impart less
flavor, even compared to stainless. They go bad too after a lot of use.
I have 3 styles
1) Cast Iron, for big jobs, simmering, and griddle use
2) Aluminum, uncoated for middle work
3) Thin carbon steel pans for fast frying, eggs, crepes, roux, etc.
The trick with all 3 is proper seasoning and no scrubbing with hard
detergents and scrubbers
I only use boiling water and an bristle brush to clean them.
That always leaves a small coating of fat (butter, oil, lard) that keeps the
iron one from rusting and forms the next coat of seasoning when heated
I use mainly my cast iron skillets and Calphalon hard anodized aluminum
The old-school Calphalon, without any "non-stick coating," work well
with a minimum of oil, and withstand metal utensils. They are also
suitable for heating/browning in the oven. However, unlike the iron
skillets, they must be kept free of "patina" to retain their inherent
These reviews sounds like they don't really work as advertised very long.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Ceramic vs traditional teflon-type at Cook's
Eco-friendly nonstick skillets promise to help the planet while they
cook your dinner. But do any actually measure up?
Naturally you can't see the comparison chart without getting involved,
but the front article is useful.
The concern is for a substance that is used in the /manufacture/ of Teflon;
that chemical is absent from the finished pan.
Teflon on cookware is harmless to human health. Not that the "chemical"
paranoiacs will believe that.
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