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Feb 11, 2012 08:13 PM

DeBuyer Mineral/Mineral B and Oven

Hello, I'm a new user here and thought I could get some help.
I spent last 6 hours on this board reading about Debuyer Mineral pan and I still cannot find an answer.
I found topics all over this board with members getting letters from Debuyer stating that both pans are the same, and the only difference is beeswax and the stamp, but I cannot find anywhere an answer for both pans being Oven ok.

I want to get a first pan, mainly for steaks, some eggs, chicken, etc. me and the wife are buying our first house and I would like to get quality for the first time.
However I want to finish the steak in the Oven for last few minutes and I see that the Mineral B doesn't have stove logo on it.

I'm at 2 weeks of dry aging my steak, and forgot about the pan :)
So now I'm in a rush to get one, don't wanna write DeBuyer since this will most likely get me nowhere or will get a reply next month, based on what I read from members here.

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  1. I had the same concerns regarding the debuyer mineral pans,which have a silicone(?) coating on the handle.Although I was assured by many Chowhounders that this would not be a problem,I opted for their carbone plus line instead.
    I use it for searing and roasting from stove top to oven with no problems what so ever( and they're cheaper too) :D.
    I highly recommend the carbone plus line,best pans I've ever used...
    I still use non stick for eggs and SS for acidic sauces(tomato,wine based etc)..

    1. "but I cannot find anywhere an answer for both pans being Oven ok."

      How high of a temperature do you want to go? The pans themselves can endure fairly high temperature. However, the plastic nobs on the handles do not.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I was hoping for 500 F and I don't think I would be cooking anything in the oven for more than 10 minutes.
        It's pretty funny that they put a tiny rubber stamp on the pan and it chanages the whole use of it :)

        1. re: toyopl

          "It's pretty funny that they put a tiny rubber stamp on the pan and it chanages the whole use of it "

          Some people hate the idea. I also think Petek is correct that entire handle has a coating as well.

          Anyway, I think that is about the time frame DeBuyer has recommended. Petek knows more. I remember Petek bought a Mineral Pan and only returned to it to get the Carbone Plus due to the temperature limitation. Of course, Carbone Plus is much cheaper at the same time.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            "I remember Petek bought a Mineral Pan and only return to it to get the Carbone Plus due to the temperature limitation."

            That's exactly what I did,didn't want to take the chance of ruining such a beautiful looking pan.

            1. re: petek

              Do you remember the temperature limit that the store clerk told you? I remember you said "X degree at Y minutes"

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                I think she said 400 deg for 20 -25 mins but I could be wrong,I'm getting too old to remember such details :-D

                1. re: petek

                  :) You keep saying you are old, but you are not. You just think it is funny to say you are old to grab some seniority from me.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    'You keep saying you are old, but you are not"

                    52 this year buddy! I sure ain't no spring chicken... :P

                    1. re: petek

                      Not that old. Isn't like the "Age of Career" (when career takes off)?

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Not for me guy.It's more like "age of winding down career" for me.

                  2. re: petek

                    I just looked at my mineral pan, and the coating appears to be a laquer of some sort(I scraped a bit off) but it extends all the way to the pan base. This area has only slighty discoloured after being used at high heat for extended amounts of time, I wouldn't hesitate to leave it in the oven at 500 for 30 min.

                    1. re: Dave5440

                      Dave do you have Mineral or Mineral B ?
                      Wanna do a little test for me in the oven at 500 F ? :)

                      1. re: toyopl

                        It's the B, 500 for how long? Oven is on now, I did pop out the little silicone button though

                        1. re: Dave5440

                          10min is fine, I just mostly want to pop it in there to finish the steak.

                          1. re: toyopl

                            I just took it out after 30 min, the handle DID discolour slightly it went from the blueish to amber, but what a kick start to the seasoning it's almost all black now

                            1. re: Dave5440

                              Awsome, thank you for the little test, nice to find members that help so quickly.
                              I can go ahead and order Mineral B now, I'll just pop out the little button like you did.

                              1. re: toyopl

                                "members that help so quickly."

                                Hmm... Dave is especially nice. I won't say every members are as helpful as Davey.

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      Sometimes my sarcasm over shadows that!!

        2. Hello, new member here.

          I purchased three Mineral B frypans a couple of weeks ago and have used the oven method to season them. I can state from personal experience that the silicone buttons in the handles were not affected at all being in a 500 degree oven for over an hour. The handles, however did discolor to an almond brown color. The handle coating seems unaffected (i.e. it did not get brittle, charred, or cracked), other than the color change. I emailed De Buyer about this color change, and they replied that the coating on the Mineral B pans is oven safe to 530 degrees, but will discolor at higher temperatures.

          By the way, Hotal & Restaurant Supply ( has the best prices I have found - $24 for the 8" Mineral B, $28 for the 9.5" and $38 for the 11" They have other sizes as well. They do charge for shipping, but even with that added it's still quite a bit less than anywhere else I've found.

          Happy cooking!

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          1. re: geofn

            Thanks for the information, and welcome to CHOWHOUND.

            1. re: geofn

              Another new member here.

              My experience is identical to geofn's.

              I started oven seasoning my Mineral B crepe pan last night. 500 degrees for an hour and the handle is very dark. I took the rubber "B" out of the handle prior to putting it in.

              I'm just starting to branch out from "cheap and crappy" cookware to some of the better stuff on a piece-by-piece basis, and am dabbling with cast iron and carbon steel as a way of getting away from teflon nonstick. So far, carbon steel seems to be gaining favor.

              1. re: drtrech

                Update on oven seasoning of De Buyer crepe pan:

                3 seasoning sessions at 500+ degrees for 1 hour each (one was actually 2 hours) results in the handle coating being very dark, but with no sign of cracking or brittleness so far. And the pan has a nice dark seasoning--hoping to use it tonight for the first time.