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Dec 15, 2008 08:38 AM

Non-Stick Pans

Thanks to all for your advice on cookie presses. I have a new quest. My son-in-law has requested for his secret Santa gift "cheap non-stick frying pans that can be put in the dishwasher." I was thinking of visiting a resturant supply place. Anny other suggestions?
Thank you - Bob

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  1. cheap non-stick can be found anywhere but is almost not worth the money because it scratches pretty easily and then shouldn't be used. that being said, if that's what you want, just go to any mass merchandiser, even your grocery store probably sells them, along with target, macy's, BBB, etc.

    1. Rather than the supermarket, a restaurant supply place is ytour best bet. Surfas and Restaurant Source both have on-line catalogs. I have a Vo.llrath non-stick pan that works fine.

      1. The non-stick coating manufacturers recommend hand washing in warm water. Here is a link to Dupont's site describing the different types of Teflon available, the "Autograph" allegedly being the best they make. This type of list always makes me think of the Duff, Duff Lite, and Duff Draft scene in the Simpsons.

          1. re: Jennifer_B

            My favorite pan is a large and heavy, heavy, heavy aluminum T-Fal nonstick saute pan from T.J. Maxx. I'd buy a dozen more if I could find them.

            1. re: Jennifer_B

              Yes, I recommend TJ Maxx or Marshall's too. I got my latest non-stick pan from Marshall's for around $15 and it's a really nice pan. Very nice, welded handle, balanced perfectly and a beautiful non-stick surface. I think the brand is "Culinary Comforts".

              1. re: flourgirl

                I bought a Culinary Comfort pan from Marshall's. It's non-stick and full aluminum. Say it is PTFE/PFOA-free and can take high heat. It's supposedly is similar to old ScanPan technology...a very hard ceramic coating. It's light gray in color. Paid $9 for a med-small pan. So far it takes high heat well and I think it will hold up...but I'm only using it for eggs and vegetables so far. It might become a camping pan.

                I've owned Calphalon "professional" non-stick and like it but it can't take high heat...and are really expensive.

                1. re: ML8000

                  I didn't see this post until today. Yes, what you described is the same as the pans I have. They didn't come with any info on them (I have three in different sizes) but I thought that might be what the material was. I've had those pans for almost 4 yrs now, they get regular use and the surface still looks great with no scratches etc. I don't really use them for very high heat, I have other pans for that, like my cast iron and all clad pans, but I've been very happy with these and would absolutely buy them again, If I even needed to replace them.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    So far the pans have worked great...and at that price you really don't have to think about them much. I bought a couple of more. For the price, hard to beat and they work as well as the Caphalon non-stick I have.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      I'm glad to hear you're still seeing them - I haven't looked for them in a long time but I think I'm going to buy a back-up set.

            2. I give pans the knuckle test. I rap the bottom. The more solid the sound/feel the better.

              I find that a well performing non-stick pan does not need the dishwasher - just wipe clean under running water, and put it back on the stove.

              My latest purchase of non-stick was a pair of 8" from the restaurant supply aisle at Sams Club. One is being held in reserve, awaiting the day when the current 'egg pan' has to be demoted to sauce duty. That was several years ago.