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Question about Calphalon frying pans

I am about to become the owner of two of these (new slide non-stick). I can pick 8, 10 or 12. Which two do you think might be most useful? We are two but I often cook for others and like making leftovers. Thanks for your suggestions about which will be most useful.

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  1. 10 and 12. 8 is ok for 1 only IMO. Also, since these are frying pans, it doesn't really matter if you have more surface area than you need. It isn't like you're making sauce in them where you wouldn't be able to stir it properly if the pan was too big.

    1. An 8" is great for breakfast for one. Unless you are going to use both skillets at once, I'd say get the 12" and forget the rest. Sure you have a little more heating time to get the larger pan up to temperature but, the extra room is nice whether for 1 egg or several. Now add, frying meat and similar things and the advantages of "a little more elbow room" become apparent.

      About the only thing the smaller skillet is better for that come to mind are small frittatas and similar things where you want a smaller but thicker cooked item.

      1. I have all three sizes but use the 8" much less than the others.

        1. C is not a "high end" product, but I like it a lot. Not "cheap" but also not really expensive. First C I bought was a "set"... 2 skillets, a straight-side saute, 2 sauce pans and a smallish "stock" pot... non-stick. WISH I hadn't given up on some well used but not abused pieces that just lost their non-stick abilities!

          Have bought a few other C pieces over time.

          C has an excellent replacement policy! I took them up on their policy a year or so ago with 2 skillets and FAVE sauce pan. Cost me a few $ to send stuff to them, but got BRAND NEW replacements in a week or so.

          1. I agree that the 10" and 12" pans would be the most useful. We have an 8" nonstick pan used only for frying two eggs at a time.

            1. I use 10" the most, cooking for two. Unlike some others, I do make sauces in mine, so size matters.

              Because you like entertaining and multi-meal cooking (sounds better than leftovers), I'd suggest 10" and 12".

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              1. re: DuffyH

                In a larger skillet, can't you just tilt it and spoon your sauce over the meat? Or, pour it into a little gravy boat?

                1. re: Sid Post

                  Hi Sid,

                  i was thinking more about evaporation. In a frypan, with it's big flat base, a sauce made in a too-large pan can disappear in the blink of an eye.

                  1. re: DuffyH

                    Gotcha', I wasn't thinking of thin liquids that evaporate easily.

              2. I agree with most of the rest here. Go big or home. You can fry one egg in a 12", but you can't sear a pot roast in an 8".

                1. I ended up keeping the 2 smaller ones and giving my daughter the 12" (that I wanted) because I knew in my heart it would be more useful for her. Thanks for all the counsel.

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                  1. re: debbypo

                    You are a generous mom.

                    I saw a contestant on Wheel of Fortune tonight win a $5,000 prize at cooking.com. Your decision was a piece of cake compared to their decisions. (I would love the chance to choose however!)

                  2. Eight inch is the perfect size for a three-egg omelette, so I like an eight and a twelve.