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de Buyer: Mineral vs Mineral B?

We've just started using our induction cooktop and new cookware. I need a larger "griddle" pan for pancakes and french toast. We like the de Buyer blue steel pans so far but the little 9.5" pan we use exclusively for eggs would be too small and the fry pans have sides that are too high.

I see that de Buyer has a Mineral and Mineral B 30cm (11.8") pans that would be perfect in size. However I don't see the Mineral version only the Mineral B version on various sites.

What's the difference? Looks like the Mineral would be fine for our use. Any sites for the plain Mineral version?

Thanks

JIm

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  1. BTW, just noticed that de Buyer doesn't have an induction compatible icon as a characteristic of their blue steel line but it's obviously magnetic and works fine on our induction cooktop.

    curious...

    jim

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    1. re: mdgolfbum

      "just noticed that de Buyer doesn't have an induction compatible icon ..."

      I always thought that was just a typo because like you said it can be easily magnetized

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        My guess is that on commercial induction units, the thinner blue line has more chance of warping.

      1. Mineral and Mineral B are very similar. In my view, they are essentially the same thing. There is another post similar to this. It may be helpful to you:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8145...

        1. I thought the "B" meant that it was coated with beeswax.

          1. Found the straight mineral line at finestcookware.com and bought this one is 11.8" size:

            http://www.finestcookware.com/catalog...

            jim

            1. It is irresponsible of people to assume that they have the answer to problems, simply by having bought a pan and followed the guidelines.

              I wanted to buy a de Buyer Mineral pan, and like most shoppers was confused by the difference between the Mineral and the Mineral B, not to mention the varied results in preparing the pan for first use.

              Guess what? I went directly to de Buyer France for the answer. Here's the response from the de Buyer representative.

              The mineral and the Mineral B are identical in fabrication The only obvious difference is the color of the plastic insert(to identify them) and the imprinted B and "Bee' on the cooking surface.

              The real difference, and the ONLY SIGNIFICANT ONE, is that the Mineral B has a hard beeswax coating: The coating is applied simply to protect the cooking surface from being scratched or stained while in the hands of the retailer. Since it is protective, it must be REMOVED BEFORE the pan can be seasoned. Hence the different instructions printed on the cardboard cover. If you want to verify the accuracy of this response, do as I did; Pick up your phone and call de Buyer in France.

              PS: The pans are oven safe but not for more than 10 minutes, and not over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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                1. re: coachtfp

                  "PS: The pans are oven safe but not for more than 10 minutes, and not over 400 degrees Fahrenheit."
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                  This has me mystified. I've had my carbon steel skillets in the oven for hours - albeit they are Paderno, not de Buyer. Still, I don't fathom the difference.

                  1. re: rosetown

                    rosetown,

                    It has more to do with that little plastic nob on near the end of the handle:

                    http://www.chefdepot.net/graphics14/d...

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      What a dumb thing to do - I assume with a little work one could remove it?

                      1. re: rosetown

                        Probably. I think one of the poster did. pekek or Eiron? Maybe