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America Test Kitchen non stick skillet

walker May 6, 2009 05:22 PM

Does anyone know which brand they use on the show -- I guess it'll be the one they recommend as the best, right? How much? Where to buy? Thank you.

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    trakman May 6, 2009 09:19 PM

    Am not sure which brand they use on the show. However, many folks say that you should buy the least expensive heavyweight non stick pan you can buy since they all will eventually scratch and lose their non-stick coating. You may have a restaurant supply store near you, which carries low cost non stick professional weight pans. I have found that Bed, Bath and Kitchen carries the Tramontina brand, in my case 10" size, for about $19. Given that coupons for 20% off are all over the place for BB&B, and if your newspaper or mail delivery doesnt give you one, I'm sure their web site will. Takes the pan down to about $15. It's perfectly sloped to do omelets, heavyweight on the bottom, has a rubber sleeve on the handle which can be removed if you want to place the pan in the oven, and will probably last a few years, if you are careful in using non scratch utensils in it. If it gets scratched, toss it and buy another one. Save your big bucks for the All Clad or Caphalon stainless stuff for other cooking, but this pan is a workhorse for a non-stick, day to day, pan. If you can find the equivalent in a restaurant supply house, it will work the same, but I wouldnt pay more than $15 for it. If you need a cover, any restaurant supply house can sell you one for a 10" frying pan.

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    1. re: trakman
      walker May 6, 2009 10:26 PM

      Thanks for the reply.
      Just thought I'd mention to you my favorite non stick dutch oven size -- it's Berndes, 4.5 qt and I cook tomato sauce and many other things in it. It's not teflon and it's really great. Zappos is now carrying it and Amazon has some sets. (The store I bought it from in San Francisco closed down.)

      1. re: trakman
        sbp May 7, 2009 07:00 PM

        I used to have terrible luck with non-sticks. As others have noted, the nonstick finsih on the cheaper ones chips, scratches and peels off over time. I had a Scanpan whose finish remained intact, but everything under the sun stuck to it. I finally went out and got an All-Clad non-stick. Have had it for 4 years, and it sees serious use. If it ever wears out, I'm getting another.

        1. re: sbp
          walker May 8, 2009 01:42 AM

          Nothing sticks in my Berndes. I'll look in to the All-Clad non-stick.

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