Current thinking on non-stick
Are we supposed to use non-stick or not? Someone mentioned to me that teflon is no longer good for your health.
I'm no expert, mind you, but here;s my understanding: Non-stick pan surfaces can, and do, chip away w/ repeated use, and this is not something you're apt to want to digest in your omelette. I've got a few myself: An expensive one from All-Clad (gift) and a couple of cheap Wearevers. The AC surface, after about five years of heavy use, is shot. The Wearevers, about a year old, are still ok but they don't conduct heat nearly as well. I tend to use my well-seasoned cast-iron skillets for much of the same things I would use a non-stick.
Were I buying a non-stick pan, I wouldn't buy an expensive pan...I'd go less rather than more expensive, since the surface is not built to last.
If you're worried about teflon, you may want to look into Scanpan (http://www.scanpan.com/main/details.a...). It's a ceramic/titanium mix and you can use metal utensils on it. I've had mine for about 4 yrs and it still looks good. Another bonus of it is that it's a tempered handle, so you can throw it in the oven if needed.
A few years ago I replaced most all of my pots and pans with a nice set of All Clad, keeping my "everyday" Caphelon pan and a non-stick omelet pan. This post reminded me that my omelet pan needed to be replaced.
Today I purchased a small Lincoln Wear-Ever non-stick pan from a commercial supply place. The label reads: "The best non-stick coating. Period. Incredible durability for long lasting performance. Four times more durable than competitor coatings. Superior Scratch Resistance. Unique, ceramic reinforcement results in the hardest scratch resistant, Non-Stick surface available for commercial use. Exceptional release qualities. Special top-coat gives CeramiGuard@ II exceptional release qualities. Hardest 3004 Aluminum Alloy. Few dents, not spots and burned food incidents." The price was just under $39.00.
I would love to do away with all Non-Stick pans, but just can't seem to do it. Hopefully this one will last.