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Thread: What frypan should I buy?

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    What frypan should I buy?

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    My non stick frypan is a cheap one, the Essentials brand from Woolworths. It seems to get uneven heat, which I notice when I fry fish fingers on it. I'm using a gas stove top (although I'm buying a house in the next few months, so that could change).

    My other non stick frypan is a Tefal (which I'm sure I bought from KMart), although it is much bigger and I use it for different foods (like poaching eggs and frying mince meat). Should I replace my Essentials brand frypan with another Tefal? I've been looking at frypans from IKEA (I must confess I have IKEA on the brain), would they be better? Which frypan is good for having even heat?

    I notice the problem with uneven heat happens when I have the other gas hob in front of the frypan going when I'm boiling something in a pot. The part of the frypan closest to the other gas hob heats up more than the other part of the frypan (I normally have two pots going at the same time, so I can't just shift the frypan to be diagonal to the gas hob with the flame). Is this a problem that can't be solved by buying a new frypan?

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    We use Scanpan non stick at home, they distribute the heat evenly with just little or no oil needed. Cost a bit more but well worth the investment, keep an eye out for when they are on special~~~~!!
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    we only use cast iron, or black steel pans. They take a bit of care to season them, but are then almost as non stick as Teflon, and will last for decades if not generations. We supported an Australian mob through kickstarter but they are now in kitchen stores and online. Expensive up front, but will outlast any teflon pan and tolerate super high heat so you can cook steak inside and not worry about teflon degrading with high temps. Google aus-ion if interested. They are not for everyone, but I think they are great and will never buy teflon pan again.
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    Yep, Scanpan make good stuff...

    We eventually went for Anolon cookware, seems a bit more heavy duty and will work with pretty well all heat sources including Induction, which we use. Also not the cheapest around but bought once, lasts forever kind of deal...

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    Yeah don't buy Teflon or similar non-stick coated pans if you can avoid it. Europe is heading towards a blanket ban of that stuff due to its toxicity. Get stainless steel, cast iron or black steel, season it properly and you'll have a pan for life. We have a couple of Scanpan stainless fry pans and they're awesome.
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    Finally, a topic I know something about! I believe buying a frypan is a bit like buying a knife - you only need one or two good ones and the frypan should feel good in the hand.

    Look for a frypan with a good weight to it - that's personal to you. Generally speaking, lighter pans heat up faster, but heavier pans will retain heat better.

    Agree with the others - avoid non-stick and Teflon if you can. My general rule is stainless steel for all pots, fry pans can be non stick but they need to be heavy duty. All pots and pans need to be oven safe. I prefer frypans with a a rubber/silicon grip on the handle so they stay cool and are comfortable in the hand.

    It might be a good idea to look for induction compatible pans as this basically means your pans will be upgrade proof. I switched to induction at our last house and it was life-changing.

    I do like Baccarat pans - they seem to be less popular these days but I bought mine on sale at General Trader I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Europe is heading towards a blanket ban of that stuff due to its toxicity.
    Do you have a link to that info Leroy?

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Do you have a link to that info Leroy?

    Mal.
    I didn't save the article Mal, but I'll have a look. It was on Food Inc from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melbroaster View Post
    Ive had a few expensive non stick but my cheap cast iron is better. It is very well seasoned though. My next pan will be from solidteknics.
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    Not a lot of Teflon in commercial kitchens haha... stainless for days.

    That said, I have a couple of decent cast aluminium pans with metal handles, they weren't particularly expensive and are handy for scrambled eggs etc.

    I do worry a little about the toxicity of non-stick coatings, especially with my griddle pan as that gets heated to very high temps - but the coating is long gone and it's now mostly bare alu seasoned with a layer of carbon. 🤔

    Next buy will be stainless; Solidteknics looks good.

    Interestingly, I saw a study a few years ago comparing heat distribution of heavy cast iron pots with thin steel; the cast iron (one of the French brands) fared very poorly, with uneven heat distribution! Obviously they do retain heat well, though. Love my La Creuset, sadly I left it on a still-hot hotplate and the enamel chipped off the inside.
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    Solidteknics seem to be really good but haven't used one. Just bought a korean non-stick pan called happycall. Sounds lame I know but my mates swear by them! Have only used them for a week but they are very well made and been good so far. Alot cheaper than the other brands too. Have gone through tefal, scanpan, swiss diamond, silit and they all are crap so was gonna give up on 'non-stick' cookware but will try these ones and probably solidteknics next up.
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    I just found a link to the Cancer Council saying Teflon cookware does not cause cancer.

    https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/860...-cause-cancer/

    Of course if somebody else finds a link that says differently then that will be interesting to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    I just found a link to the Cancer Council saying Teflon cookware does not cause cancer.

    https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/860...-cause-cancer/

    Of course if somebody else finds a link that says differently then that will be interesting to look at.
    Apparently Teflon itself is a non-carcinogenic but PFOA used in making Teflon may be.
    As always, don't rely on just one source but here's one link:
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    Parents in law were raving about WOLL pans lately. Pretty expensive, from memory and I'm not in Australia atm so haven't had a chance to test it out.

    Using olive oil in a non-stick pan is very likely to ruin the coating in the long run as it has a low smoke point. Just thought it was worth mentioning as it's something I've done before.
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    Ive got a woll pan. Can buy them lots of places in australia. I wont buy another. Its a good pan but no better than the scan pan it replaced.
    Im careful with it but it still requires more maintenance than a cast iron pan.
    Cant cook tomato in cast iron pans as the acid eats them.
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