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Non Stick frying pan

Post by EnjoyIt » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:42 pm

Bogleheds,
I need a little consumer advice on purchasing a good non stick frying pan. I cook eggs at least 3 times a week and need a frying pan that will hold up to this constant abuse of sticky eggs and cheese. I have tried upgrading to Calphalon with fantastic results at first but after about 2 years it turned into junk. I used their lifetime warranty and had it replaced to have the exact same thing happen in under 1 year. Generally I clean the pan after using dawn, warm water and a soft sponge.

BTW, the Calphalon pan cooked great, evenly heated without any issues until the non-stick layer finally came off.

Calphalon wasn't cheap but at this point I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money for a good nonstick pan.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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Post by Pajamas » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:14 am

It helps to have the pan hot before adding the eggs and to use a little oil, cooking spray, butter, etc. The non-stick pans eventually wear out and have to be replaced. If you get a nonstick pan and use a silicone spatula and cook only only eggs in it, the finish will last longer.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by FiveK » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:36 am

We've had good luck with the second place one from Equipment Review: Could We Find a Good Nonstick Skillet? | Cook's Country. No experience with #1 but it might be a match for your use. Good luck!

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by 4nwestsaylng » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:40 am

I have had Calphalon and Costco nonstick pans, they always scratch. Cooks Illustrated test kitchens estimate that you will have to throw out a nonstick in a year or two, so recommend not spending a lot.They tested a lot of nonsticks.

I don't trust nonstick; anything that can scratch off can get in your food. Or if the pan overheats and smokes, you may actually be vaporizing the chemicals and breathing them.

I use a regular All-Clad frypan, just spray it with nonstick spray such as Pam (I use Costco's brand) and I make omelettes every day with no problem. Trick with the omlette is to use only a touch of water, any more and it will stick.

I only use All-Clad and my trusty Lodge cast iron for cooking anything. Just use oil or spray and you will be fine. I looked into the "Greenpan" ceramics, and people comment on line that they scratch easily too, so who needs it?
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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by Teague » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:41 am

They're all terrible, every single one of them, at least as far as durability goes.

I and others have been down the road you seek to follow. It leads only to frustration.

Buy a decent but not expensive one at Sam's Club or similar, and consider it disposable.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the nonstick pans of our lives.
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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by tj » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:46 am

I ordered some pans on Amazon and the one I use frequently is already losing some of it's finish after 2 months. It's frustrating.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by German Expat » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:52 am

We use 2 Tefal non stick pans for more then 1 year and are pretty happy with them. But in general all non sticks won't last that long, expect to have to change them after 1 - 3 years. Therefore I would suggest you buy decent but not too expensive ones. No matter what they write I would also not put them in the dishwasher.
Also keep in mind they are not made for very high heat.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by sunny_socal » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:57 am

Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by j0nnyg1984 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:02 am

every non-stick pan will eventually wear out. I started with Calphalon, I've since moved everything up to all-clad, but I can already tell that my 7" fry skillet is wearing out. Needs a bit more oil to be non-stick these days.

Find a good restaurant supply store and see what they have. You really don't need name brand.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by EnjoyIt » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:31 am

sunny_socal wrote:Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/
Is this really true? do cast iron pans really not stick with just some spray oil on it?

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Post by livesoft » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:57 am

Teague wrote:Buy a decent but not expensive one at Sam's Club or similar, and consider it disposable.
This is what to do. They are cheap. Buy a few of them at the same time.
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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by DSInvestor » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:02 am

EnjoyIt wrote:
sunny_socal wrote:Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/
Is this really true? do cast iron pans really not stick with just some spray oil on it?
cast iron pans are non-stick if they are properly seasoned. Another option is carbon steel pans. Here's a link to an America's Test Kitchen video on carbon steel pans: https://youtube.com/watch?v=-suTmUX4Vbk

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by Hyperborea » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:20 am

The best value and possibly even best not considering value non-stick frypan I have used is one from Ikea. They have some pretty cheap but junky models. However, there is a somewhat more expensive model that's about $35 and it's been great for us. Our first one went for about 12 years before we bought the replacement. The new one seems to have a tougher coating and it should possibly last longer.

As with all Teflon-type non-stick pans, don't use metal utensils and don't overheat the pan. That will shorten the life by a lot.

Cast iron is great for non-stick too but it is a lot heavier and more cumbersome to deal with. It also requires more maintenance. I use ours for doing pan steaks and other such things. I use the Ikea pan for eggs and other similar things where I don't need to develop a fond.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by FraggleRock » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:49 am

After 30+ years of frustration with "non stick" pan failures we switched to carbon steel.
Matfer Bourgeat, 3 mm thick.
Works great.
Final solution.
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We also have a Le Creuset cast iron skillet. I prefer them over Lodge (which we also own) due to their edge shape. I find the shallower sides easier to work with on the Le Creuset.
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Post by KSOC » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:19 am

sunny_socal wrote:Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/
+1
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Post by bovineplane » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:31 am

Cast iron. Lodge is great and inexpensive. It will last forever.

I cook eggs on mine every day. 10 inch is nice for eggs but a bit small if you cook for a family regularly. 14 inch is nice for big meals but quite heavy. 12 inch I have found to be the most versatile. I think both amazon and walmart have these. I also see them alot at yard or estate sales. Even if it looks warn out, it is not and can be seasoned back to use.

This is how I keep mine: 1. Never wash with soap. 2. Season after use with some type of oil. Can be vegetable, bacon grease, peanut oil, etc. Olive oil works but smokes at lower temps than the others. 3. Electric stoves and cast iron can be tricky as it takes forever to heat up evenly. Works much better on gas. 4. Don't be afraid to use it on an outdoor grill. Works great. 5. To wash, wipe out left over food with towel (paper or otherwise), and bit of water and clean scrub brush if necessary, place back on stove on medium to warm up, when warm add a bit of oil and spread evenly, allow to cool before putting away. 6. You will find most times you dont need spray before cooking if you do above but it doesnt hurt. Just a bit. Again the reminder on olive oils and smoke as pam or other sprays have an olive oil variant.

To re- season if your wife refuses to follow above and uses soap every time she uses the pan you can use the oil method above but will take quite a bit of oil to season and may require more than one application.

Lastly, non-stick pans suck.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by Swimmer » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:14 am

Agree. I bought an All Clad mistakenly thinking it would last. Despite giving it excellent care, it's no better than the cheap ones. I'm about to pitch it.

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Post by saveinvestbecomefree » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:43 am

I'm a huge fan of cast iron and even wrote a post about sanding an inexpensive Lodge skillet to make it like the smooth "machined" bottom skillets that cost about $200. This makes it a bit more non-stick. However, I have to admit that even cast iron is not as non-stick as many claim, even properly seasoned. For eggs, which I cook daily, I find the cheapest non-stick pan (I think I paid $7 on amazon last time) and toss when it stops being non-stick. I find a cheap non-stick skillet lasts about a year.

For everything except my morning omelet with cheese, I use cast iron or my fancy all-clad. For a non-stick pan, I go cheap and disposable even though I hate cheap and disposable. There simply isn't a good alternative out there for non-stick skillets, no matter how much you pay. The second best option is cast iron but it's not quite as good.

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Post by Dottie57 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:06 am

EnjoyIt wrote:
sunny_socal wrote:Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/
Is this really true? do cast iron pans really not stick with just some spray oil on it?

The hey need to be seasoned with oil. And I am not sure about cleaning. They can rust if you don't keep them dry.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by Rupert » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:10 am

I use a relatively inexpensive ceramic-coated pan just for eggs. Nothing else gets cooked in there. I gave up on the teflon ones, as even the expensive brands wouldn't last more than a year or two. Everything else gets cooked in cast iron. (For some reason, I don't like eggs cooked in cast iron. Probably just a personal thing.)

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by heartwood » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:20 am

T-fal. We have several pans and pots. They come in both steel and in aluminum, and in several quality grades. We prefer the steel for when we use an induction countertop unit. I use mine almost daily for eggs. No problems with the coating after several years.

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Post by Nowizard » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:59 am

Use a wooden spoon rather than a metal one? :happy

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by lightheir » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:22 am

It's a real stretch to call cast-iron 'non-stick' for eggs.

I love my cast iron skillet, and yes, I can in definitely get it to be as non-stick as possible while cooking eggs, with almost no egg sticking to the surface after I'm done cooking.

But doing so requres : a WELL seasoned skillet, preheated pan (takes longer than you think with cast-iron), and most importantly, a LOT more oil than you'd likely use in any non-stick pan. (Most good new nonstick pans can in fact cook eggs nonstick with zero oil.) And there's always a real chance that you'll have to reseason the cast iron after the eggs if you go too light on the oil, as then the eggs will pull off most of the seasoning in the process. Happens to me about half the times I make eggs in my skillet.

I'd say it's really a stretch to call it non stick when you're using so much oil and heat that in fact, ANY surface you use will be close to non stick at that point (woks, etc.)

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Post by aristotelian » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:31 am

Teague wrote:They're all terrible, every single one of them, at least as far as durability goes.

I and others have been down the road you seek to follow. It leads only to frustration.

Buy a decent but not expensive one at Sam's Club or similar, and consider it disposable.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the nonstick pans of our lives.
I agree, but my approach is to use cast iron exclusively. People did cook eggs successfully before the invention of Teflon. Pre heat the pan, use plenty of oil, and let the eggs cook before disturbing them. They will then separate almost on their own, preserving the seasoning of your cast iron. You cast iron will last you the rest of your life and you can pass it on to your kids to boot. https://youtube.com/watch?v=wqguaRbI0fg

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Post by open_circuit » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:34 am

aristotelian wrote:I agree, but my approach is to use cast iron exclusively. People did cook eggs successfully before the invention of Teflon. Pre heat the pan, use plenty of oil, and let the eggs cook before disturbing them. They will then separate almost on their own, preserving the seasoning of your cast iron. You cast iron will last you the rest of your life and you can pass it on to your kids to boot.
This guy cooks. :beer

We have the same approach in our house. Cast iron is used at nearly every meal. I prefer my cast iron for cooking scrambled eggs over any other pan I've ever owned.

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Post by aristotelian » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:41 am

open_circuit wrote:
aristotelian wrote:I agree, but my approach is to use cast iron exclusively. People did cook eggs successfully before the invention of Teflon. Pre heat the pan, use plenty of oil, and let the eggs cook before disturbing them. They will then separate almost on their own, preserving the seasoning of your cast iron. You cast iron will last you the rest of your life and you can pass it on to your kids to boot.
This guy cooks. :beer

We have the same approach in our house. Cast iron is used at nearly every meal. I prefer my cast iron for cooking scrambled eggs over any other pan I've ever owned.
Cheers! :sharebeer

I use cast iron for just about everything other than sauces. Frying, roasting, baking (pizza, cornbread, biscuits). Do not own a single non-stick.

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Post by 1reason2live4 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:43 am

We have used Swiss Diamond for 10+ years and they are still like new. Just a spritz of non-stick spray and good to go. A little pricey but worth it to us. Have not found anything that will stick even when accidentally overheated.
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Post by takeshi » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:19 am

saveinvestbecomefree wrote:I'm a huge fan of cast iron and even wrote a post about sanding an inexpensive Lodge skillet to make it like the smooth "machined" bottom skillets that cost about $200.
Vintage cast is another way to get smooth cast iron. My 1940's Wagner is very smooth. Not sure what they're selling for these days but they were creeping up at the time I bought mine years ago.
bovineplane wrote:Never wash with soap.
Modern soap is just fine on properly seasoned cast iron. Back when soap was made with lye you didn't want to use soap.
sunny_socal wrote:Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand
There seem to be a number of the latter these days: Finex, Smithey Ironware, Field Company, Borough Furnace, etc.
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Post by myleaf » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:23 am

We use All Clad. But the coating degrades with time. But it comes with a lifetime warranty. Never tried to use the warranty as of yet. All Clad advises against using Non-stick spray on their pans. They claim that it builds up a coating that affects the non stick properties of the coating.
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Post by furikake » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:30 am

I tried a few different non-stick pans and they were all disappointing. Then I got the cheap Costco ones, and they seem to work better than the more expensive ones I bought before. Or, if you're skillful enough, you can make stainless steel non-stick: https://youtube.com/watch?v=1376ITxF1Oc

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Post by lthenderson » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:22 am

FiveK wrote:We've had good luck with the second place one from Equipment Review: Could We Find a Good Nonstick Skillet? | Cook's Country. No experience with #1 but it might be a match for your use. Good luck!
Based upon a previous review by America's Test Kitchen (same outfit as Cook's Country) I bought their then number one choice of T-fal (now number two on the linked list) and have been using it for three years now with not a single problem. They have held up much better than any non-stick pan I owned the previous thirty odd years.

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Post by Independent George » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:32 am

Commercial kitchens treat teflon pans as disposable - they abuse and replace them constantly. You can stretch the life if you're careful, but all of them will lose their coating after a while. Alternately, a properly seasoned and maintained carbon steel pan is pretty nonstick, and will last forever.

I once contacted Robar about coating a stainless steel pan in their NP3 finish - they quoted me a price of $1.50 per square inch. Since they have to coat the entire pan, I estimated it as coming out to around $200 for a 10" omelette pan. I have no idea how nonstick it would be for cooking, but they did tell me that NP3 is FDA approved for food preparation, and it's proven quite durable in firearms parts which see far more heat and wear than any kitchen environment.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:50 am

We purchased a nice large and deep (so it works for most everything) Tfal non-stick skillet from Costco recently. I don't remember the price but it was very reasonable, especially for the quality - typical Costco.

We've given up having all matching cookware for the reason you mention - the regularly used pieces wear out much more quickly. So we now just buy good quality replacement pieces as cheaply as possible as they wear out. When the lesser-used pieces become worn we'll consider purchasing a new set.
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Post by mega317 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:53 am

EnjoyIt wrote:Bogleheds,
I need a little consumer advice on purchasing a good non stick frying pan. I cook eggs at least 3 times a week and need a frying pan that will hold up to this constant abuse of sticky eggs and cheese. I have tried upgrading to Calphalon with fantastic results at first but after about 2 years it turned into junk. I used their lifetime warranty and had it replaced to have the exact same thing happen in under 1 year. Generally I clean the pan after using dawn, warm water and a soft sponge.

BTW, the Calphalon pan cooked great, evenly heated without any issues until the non-stick layer finally came off.

Calphalon wasn't cheap but at this point I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money for a good nonstick pan.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
You have a pan that gave you "fantastic results" and has a "lifetime warranty". Sounds like you're all set.

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Post by namekevaste » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:38 pm

After several years of buying non-stick cookware, we are sold on cast iron. We have a couple of Staub cookware, but I use my Lodge skillet the most. I cook eggs all the time with very little oil that (using a silicon brush with oil on a heated pan). It is important to clean the cookware without detergent. A with a little warm water works like magic

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Post by roymeo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:14 pm

Teflon still releasing enough toxic chemicals into the air it kills people's birds the first several times you use it?

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Post by blueberry » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:21 pm

If eggs are the only problem, consider poaching in stainless steel. Need the cheese, sprinkle grated stuff on top while still hot. I like stainless steel, but sure sometimes the pan qualifies as a 'soaker'. Then the scrub out qualifies as a good for me little bit of elbow grease.

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Post by aristotelian » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:24 pm

roymeo wrote:Teflon still releasing enough toxic chemicals into the air it kills people's birds the first several times you use it?

Looks like it:
http://peteducation.com/article.cfm ... 9&aid=2874
Another reason I prefer cast iron. They say Teflon is non-toxic, but I still don't like the idea of ingesting it. Laws of physics says that when it deteriorates it does not just disappear.

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Post by blueberry » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:30 pm

I love my cast iron dutch oven for cooking things in the oven, but stopped using my cast iron frying pan - always worried I'd drop it on my glass top range, and it takes so much longer to heat than stainless steel. Maybe if I had a gas range...

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Post by jayjayc » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:41 pm

Buy the Tramontina Proline non stick pan. If you're lucky, you can find it at Costco for $30 (they rotate their stock of Tramontina cookware). It's a high-performing, hefty pan that is cheap.

It's also the top rated pan by Sweethome. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-nonstick-pan/

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Post by BW1985 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:51 pm

We have Cuisinart Green Gourmet (ceramic) frying pans. They lose their true non-stick after time but I use butter to cook eggs and coconut oil for other things.

Other cookware we have All Clad stainless (not non stick).
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Post by ThriftyPhD » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:12 pm

We're big fans of cast iron, but for eggs we use stainless steel. It takes a bit of oil, but once you have the process down there is little to no sticking. Preheating and temp control will give a good result. Haven't owned 'nonstick' in years.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:32 pm

jayjayc wrote:Buy the Tramontina Proline non stick pan. If you're lucky, you can find it at Costco for $30 (they rotate their stock of Tramontina cookware). It's a high-performing, hefty pan that is cheap.

It's also the top rated pan by Sweethome. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-nonstick-pan/
Looks like a nice pan. They have them online for $34.99 plus $4.99 shipping.
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Post by sunny_socal » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:45 pm

DSInvestor wrote:
EnjoyIt wrote:
sunny_socal wrote:Get yourself a good cast iron pan, use a little oil and it's totally non stick even with eggs. Iron is better for you than aluminum as well.

Lodge is common, here is the fancy brand

http://stargazercastiron.com/
Is this really true? do cast iron pans really not stick with just some spray oil on it?
cast iron pans are non-stick if they are properly seasoned. Another option is carbon steel pans. Here's a link to an America's Test Kitchen video on carbon steel pans: https://youtube.com/watch?v=-suTmUX4Vbk
Great video!

The Matfer Bourgeat looks great :beer

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Post by jezo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:56 pm

I have a ceramic pan that I got from TJ MAXX. It works really well my eggs never stick to the pan.

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Post by F150HD » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:22 pm

Teague wrote:They're all terrible, every single one of them, at least as far as durability goes.

I and others have been down the road you seek to follow. It leads only to frustration.

Buy a decent but not expensive one at Sam's Club or similar, and consider it disposable.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the nonstick pans of our lives.
+1 I go through 1 every year or two. Now I just buy a cheap one and dispose when it gets mangy.

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Post by Slacker » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:28 pm

My experiences:

I usually just get two of the cheapest 8" non-sticks I can find and recycle them every 1-2 years. I only use these as egg pans (never high heat, only silicone spatula).
Last time I tried to find my old trusty replacement pans, the lowest prices I found were about $10/pan - way too expensive for a disposable item so I decided to give "Greenpan" a try. Utter crap. 2 months of careful use and my eggs started to stick.

Just recently decided to pick up a Calphalon with anodized aluminum coating. Great so far.

Castiron - I love cooking on cast iron, but cannot ever get eggs to work on cast iron. I either get broken eggs or brown hard crispy eggs swimming in oil.

Stainless steel - this worked with cooking spray instead of my normal "misto" or just putting down a 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Still can't keep the eggs quite as white and tender as I can with a non-stick though, but it is good enough when we visit the in-laws as they only have stainless for me when I cook breakfast (I may try butter next time on the stainless steel as the fats in the butter should work with the egg proteins better to maintain tenderness vs oil, but I won't know for sure until I try).

I cook my eggs on low or low-medium heat for over-medium/over-easy and medium heat for sunny side up. This gives me fully cooked whites and the runny yolks I desire while keeping the whites from turning tough, crunchy or browning.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by onourway » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:14 pm

I agree with the cast iron/carbon steel for the most part - these are fantastic pans that will last a lifetime and brown and sear like nothing else. However, they do require a bit more care than many people are willing to give, they are quite heavy, and they require a routine to work well for eggs.

An alternative suggestion that splits the difference - I have a hard-anodized aluminum Calphalon omelet pan that I've owned for 20 years. If I am careful to use it only for eggs, and treat it like my cast iron pans - that is, no washing with soap, just wipe it clean with a paper towel after every use, it is essentially non-stick with the tiniest bit of oil or butter. My wife likes to use cooking spray though, and she cooks a lot of the eggs in that pan, and cooking spray totally ruins it - it gets totally sticky and you have to wash it.

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Re: Non Stick frying pan

Post by Splanchnic » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:48 pm

Independent George wrote:
I once contacted Robar about coating a stainless steel pan in their NP3 finish - they quoted me a price of $1.50 per square inch. Since they have to coat the entire pan, I estimated it as coming out to around $200 for a 10" omelette pan. I have no idea how nonstick it would be for cooking, but they did tell me that NP3 is FDA approved for food preparation, and it's proven quite durable in firearms parts which see far more heat and wear than any kitchen environment.
NP3!! Lol! I like your style! Why not cerakote?

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