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Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: March 18, 2016 06:44PM
My non-stick All Clad pan is starting to stick. I am trying to find unbiased research on the best non-stick cookware. It is not easy...google finds tons of things, but I'm not sure if any of them are really worth reading. Consumer Reports show the top 2 from their list.

I am trying to find something that is durable, yet non-stick, and can withstand stir frying temperatures. Is there such a beast?



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 18, 2016 06:49PM
I just went through this. i'm not sure it makes sense to put "durable" and "non-stick" in the same sentence - at least in the way most think of durable. Companies that make solid, long lasting pots and pans may make clunker non-stick. (but they match!!)

I ended up with a T-fal - [www.amazon.com]

I chose based on Cook's Illustrated nerdy but no-nonse research [www.cooksillustrated.com]



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 18, 2016 06:56PM
Non-stick and durable?

you just describe a very well seasoned cast iron skillet.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 18, 2016 07:01PM
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Ombligo
Non-stick and durable?

you just describe a very well seasoned cast iron skillet.

I agree. I got a cheap Lodge from Amazon and I think it is better than most pans I had, and I can only imagine what a nice cast iron pan can do. Lodge comes pre-seasoned from factory, but to do that they make it a little rough. A nice and smooth cast iron is more difficult to season, but I think you get much better results.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: March 18, 2016 07:07PM
We are pleased with our Calphalon cookware. One skillet that gets the most use is starting to lose it's black finish on the outside, but have not noticed a decline in the non stick performance. They are a little pricey, but they are worth it , IMO.

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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Bixby
Date: March 18, 2016 07:23PM
Both cast iron and certain types of steel, when properly seasoned, are nearly as good as teflon. Plus, they last more than a lifetime and you're not eating chemicals.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 18, 2016 07:54PM
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space-time
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Ombligo
Non-stick and durable?

you just describe a very well seasoned cast iron skillet.

I agree. I got a cheap Lodge from Amazon and I think it is better than most pans I had, and I can only imagine what a nice cast iron pan can do. Lodge comes pre-seasoned from factory, but to do that they make it a little rough. A nice and smooth cast iron is more difficult to season, but I think you get much better results.

I have heard that people smooth out the new Lodge skillets by sanding them with a drill sanding pad. I don't know the details.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 18, 2016 08:21PM
Either cast iron, or steel, if you're gonna go uncoated, but if you still want to try a non-stick coated pan, go for a ceramic, or rock based coating, rather than teflon or chemical-esque coating. Realize you've gotta take care of 'em, as if you bang 'em around w/ other pots and pans, bad things can happen. Use plastic or wood utensils, and you'll be fine. Eggs, fish, maybe browning some chicken, a bit of sauteing and you'll be dining in style.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: jawg
Date: March 18, 2016 08:41PM
I agree with the recommendation for Ceramic Coated cookware.
Check out Williams-Sonoma Professional Ceramic Non Stick cookware.
I have the 8" and 10" fry pans and find them to be the best non stick pans I have ever used.
The coating feels harder and more slippery than Teflon to the touch and cooking on them.
They are also compatible with induction cooktops, having a ferro-magnetic stainless steel base.

Discussions with Williams-Sonoma recommended against washing them in the dishwasher due to potential effects of dishwasher detergents on the coating on essentially any type of non stick cookware regardless of the manufacturers' recommendations.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: March 18, 2016 09:34PM
I have always used Calphalon nonstick which is fairly pricey. Looking at my Amazon history I can see that I was replacing my main skillet, used every night, about every two years. I still like my Calphalon skillet but like others have mentioned be aware it won't last forever even though it is expensive and well built. I believe America's Test Kitchen recommended an inexpensive nonstick from T-fal.

I did experiment with different kinds of pans and in the end I chose a variety. My cast iron skillet gets used almost every night and is by far my favorite. Easy to clean, cooks evenly and should last forever. I use my nonstick Calphalon for anything tomato based or for cooking spanish rice. Sauces are cooked in a Costco stainless skillet.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: March 18, 2016 10:55PM
Ceramic starts to stick after about 30x and then goes downhill fast.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: J Marston
Date: March 18, 2016 11:56PM
Cast iron is good if properly seasoned. But any stainless steel pan can also work, as long as you heat it to the right temp and add a small amount of oil. Like a lot of kitchen gadgets, non-stick cookware helps those who lack skill or experience, but you can get the same results (and none of the drawbacks) without it.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 19, 2016 01:07AM
How is anondized compared to Teflon?
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: tahoedrew
Date: March 19, 2016 01:24AM
Non-stick but for what purposes?

I have two types of pans I consider "non-stick":
1. A well-season, meticulously maintained cast-iron skillet
2. A GreenPan 10" and 12" frying pan

The GreenPans do NOT see high heat. As with any "non-stick" coating, they'll break down. That said, my GreenPans are going on about a year with zero issue. I use them to cook eggs, the "easy and quick" prepared pasta dishes from places like Trader Joe's, etc. I use plastic and wood on them and hand-wash them every time.

The cast-iron skillet can cook anything from eggs to a steak. I don't cook eggs in it because it's cooking my bacon while I'm also making eggs in the GreenPan. I maintain it meticulously, usually re-seasoning it after every time I cook something over high heat - meat or anything similar.

~A
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 19, 2016 04:52AM
I got a set of the T-fal Prometal Pro with the induction compatible base about a month ago. This was after asking for a recommendation. I have been fairly careful not to overheat it and just wipe clean. I can't really say how many uses, but eggs still slide out. Edit: this set is not what I call complete, it is missing a chicken fryer, a really big low edge skillet, and a really big stock pot (I have a 50 year old Revere clone for stock pot duty, so I won't likely buy one). The T-fal line is a bit annoying because they don't always list if the pans are induction compatible.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: March 19, 2016 08:18AM
we're too scart of chinese made pots and pans. only US or western made now.
dumped all our non-stick except 2 cookie sheets. they get foil or silicon sheets on them. (yea I know, aluminum and silicon……..)

otherwise, all 30yo Bronx made ss, a 80yo cast iron, one new lodge cast grill pan and a Le Creuset dutch oven.
all clean up well no matter what.

ss is so efficient, I can't think of a time when we use it above medium, except for a few secs to get grease going. cast iron takes a beating and cleans up with salt and water. the dutch behaves pretty much like ss.
I've made pizza in the cast iron and put it in the oven at 550º and it's fine.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: August West
Date: March 19, 2016 08:47AM
I've had success with the Green Pans, too.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: March 19, 2016 09:22AM
Our "green" ceramic pans have not been my favorite...going on 2 years now.

• Olive oil is a no-no as something in it burns and leaves a sticky residue on the pan.

• Residue left on pan looks bad and cause the next food cooked to stick badly

• The residue can be removed with a good baking soda scrub, which we do every few days.

We have always done quite a bit of cooking with olive oil so thats not a great thing. Our next set will likely be something different.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Wags
Date: March 20, 2016 01:20PM
Le Creuset

Hands down. Expensive, but it'll last a lifetime.
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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 20, 2016 02:34PM
Go to an estate or moving sale and hope you can find something 35 years old or more. Nice, thick metal. Don't sweat the lack of non-stick as they will clean up if you soak them in water long enough.



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Re: Best Non-stick cookware?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 20, 2016 08:20PM
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Wags
Le Creuset

Hands down. Expensive, but it'll last a lifetime.

And if it doesn't, mail it back, and they will replace it. My dutch oven was my mom's originally. Maybe 40 years old right now.
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