Nordic Ware Pro Cast
I found this new saute pan on Amazon and it looks interesting. Cast aluminum with a graphite non-stick surface. It comes with a lifetime warranty and it's made in the USA. The 8 and 10 are under $30 each. Oddly, the 8 in costs more than the 10.
Only a few reviews, but they're all good. The only question is longevity of the nonstick surface.
Anyone have any experience with these, or do I get to be the guinea pig?
I have had a few Nordic Ware pans in the past but have not been thrilled with their nonstick coatings. I suppose if expectations are managed they do ok. Back in the day, I expected nonstick cookware to last for many years. Now, I only expect a good two or three years out of the stuff, and Nordic Ware can certainly manage that. (Nordic Ware is the inventor of the Bundt pan by the way.)
These pans are manufactured in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just SW of Minneapolis. Their workers are paid well with benefits if that matters. (My fathers office used to be just a few blocks from their manufacturing plant).
re: John E.
Even Calphalon lasts just 6 months in professional kitchens (per mario batali.)
For me, for home use, if I can get year per non-stick pan, I am happy. I've seen the nordicware pans at my local restaurant supply store and they do look nicely above average. Much heavier metal casting of the pan, thicker non-stick coating.
If you want to go uber cheap but good - the non-stick skillet set at Costco has served me well, I always get at least a year from three non-stick pans for about $20 (if I have a coupon) $30 if I do not.
But if you want nice heft and balance without buying the whole set - those nordic pans do look awfully nice! Happy cooking to you!
Looks like you're gonna have to take one for the team. Looks like a good pan, great price and USA-made. What's not to like?
If Nordic's website is accurate, this line has been around since 2004.
The pans arrived the other day. Initial impression: so far so good.
The only documentation was the paper glued to the pan. At first they look smaller than other pans of the same size, and the handles look longer, but side-by-side there really isn't much difference. The handles are comfortable and the pans light and well balanced.
This pan is higher on the end with the handle which is supposed to makes flipping omelets etc. very easy, I guess, but as I 'fessed up in http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839473 that isn't what will happen here.
While the web site says, "oven safe handles," the insert makes no mention of this and gives no temperature limit.
The inaugural cooking even was uneventful. The pan heated evenly cooked evenly, and didn't stick. Clean up was equally a breeze.
As with all non-stick cookware, non-stick longevity remains the big question. If I remember, I'll report back.