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Cookware For Steak?

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I would like to cook steaks, grilled chicken, catfish, pork chops at home but the problem is that I am in an apartment and can't season a Cast Iron Grill Pan without setting off the fire alarm constantly whenever I re-season the pan.
I would like to cook steaks in particular in a "Fry Pan" not made of Cast Iron; a fry pan which cooks steaks/chicken beautifully? Does anyone have suggestions for cooking steaks, chicken et al in another type of grill or frypan other than CI? Perhaps Stainless Steel w. a very heavy bottom or even a copper bottom? I am an amateur cook so would appreciate any help.
Help I love grilled meats but I can't stand another fire alarm going off due to the smoke in my tiny little apartment.
Thank you,
Catherine.

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  1. I'd take the battery out of the fire alarm while you're cooking or seasoning the pans!

    Otherwise a thick bottomed aluminum clad pan or copper pan would probably be great. You just might not get the sear that you're looking for.

    1. If you do not wish to mess with cast iron, if I were in your situation, I would buy a Tramontina triply stainless steel skillet.

      http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produc...

      1. I use a Le Creuset cast iron grill pan - naked, I've never seasoned it - my understanding is that it is lined with a special sort of glass that bonds with the cast iron. To clean the pan I use baking soda, h2o and a scrubby sponge.

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        1. re: OCEllen

          "I use a Le Creuset cast iron grill pan - naked"

          Most Le Cresuset cast iron grill pans on the market are not naked. Like you implied, they are actually enameled.

        2. Use an oven proof stainless steel pan.

          Sear on the stovetop, then finish off in the oven.

          1. My smoke alarm went off incessantly, even when opening the oven while cooking. Finally I bought a fan that clips to my breakfast bar, and aimed it at my smoke detector, to keep the air moving around when I cook. It works really well.

            http://www.walmart.com/ip/Atlantic-6-...

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            1. "I am in an apartment and can't season a Cast Iron Grill Pan without setting off the fire alarm constantly whenever I re-season the pan."

              I also live in an apartment. It should be a huge problem if you season your pan inside an oven and open the windows. I often like to season on the stove. In that case, you need to pay closer attention, but there is no reason why you cannot do it at home as long as you have the windows opened.

              Now, if you don't want to use cast iron, then use a stainless steel cladded pan. One advantage of a stainless steel cladded cookware is that they have more even heating surface than cast iron pans. The disadvantage is that meat tends to easily stick to stainless steel surface, so a bit more oil and a bit different kind of skill is required.

              John E. suggestion for the Tramontina triply pan is good as it is inexpensive.

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                "... It should be a huge problem if you season your pan inside an oven and open the windows..."

                I meant "it should NOT be a huge problem..."

                Anyway, good luck.

              2. Thanks so much everyone! I think I appreciate your suggestions and comments. Your replies have been very helpful!
                Thank you .....
                Smoke Free in Toronto!

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                1. re: MCatherine

                  "I think I appreciate your suggestions and comments."

                  :) I think the fact that "YOU THINK you appreciate our suggestions and comments" :P