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ChezButtons Oct 8, 2009 12:46 PM

I'm thinking of getting a new fry pan. The Demeyere pans look great and I was all set to get the 11" Proline with a helper handle when I saw the multi-function pan they also offer. Looks like I could use it for frying plus a bunch of other stuff. The loop handles on the multifunction have me wondering, though. Will I miss the long handle when I fry? I think I might but I can't say the reason. Why do fry pans and sauce pans have long handles, anyway? Maybe to keep your hand away from spattering fat. Or maybe the longer handle stays cooler. Long handles make it easy to carry a pot/pan with one hand, but since I would need the helper handle on this heavy fry pan anyway, the long handle has no advantage for carrying. The short loop handles certainly make things easier to store.

Anyway, I'd love to hear any advice on getting the multifunction vs the fry pan. I mainly want something for pan-frying and making pan sauces. But I'd like to do more braising and steaming (and who knows what else that I haven't learned yet). I've been using an old Farberware dutch oven for these, but the FW seems really thin on the bottom and prone to overheating.

Also (related to my previous complaint about my All-Clad saute pan being "domed" in the middle with a moat at the sides - thanks to all who chimed in), are the Demeyeres flat on the interior?

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    monocle RE: ChezButtons Oct 8, 2009 02:01 PM

    The main issues I've seen with handleless cookware that the handles get hot and you miss certain control aspects. The main advantage is that it can fit into smaller spaces like a toaster oven.

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      Paulustrious RE: monocle Oct 8, 2009 03:22 PM

      You are right - especially on gas. The loop handles can get very hot. The other problem is that you cannot 'flick' the food over in a pan so you need a spatula as well.

      To chezbuttons. With a long handle you can use it as a lever underneath your forearm - makes it easier to lift.

    2. greygarious RE: ChezButtons Oct 8, 2009 08:17 PM

      NOT having a long handle has some pluses. Many long handles are not made of oven-safe materials. If you have small children there is more of a risk of them pulling a long-handled pan off the burner; ditto if you are in tight quarters. With the pair of loop handles nothing hangs over the edge of the stove. You do need to wear an oven mitt to hold the pan with one hand while holding the spoon or spatula in the other.

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