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Old 12-23-2017, 11:42 AM
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Default stainless steel or nonstick for cookware?

we need to replace our pots/pans. I was considering stainless (link below) but have some concern about cleaning and the need to use oil for everything. I want a set that can "do anything." any input appreciated.

https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-MCP...=2FJ8TPBDUU6P1
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Old 12-23-2017, 11:46 AM
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I don't like stainless and only occasionally use non stick (eggs, crepes mostly). I much prefer anodized aluminum.

I do like stainless pots with copper clad bottoms for stocks, chowders, etc.. Just not for pans
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Old 12-23-2017, 11:54 AM
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anodized pots/pans are not coated with anything correct?
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Most nonstick is a coating and its not forever. That means at some point you're eating it. Good pots and pans are non stick but its the material not a coating. For instance Calphalon is non stick but you need to know how it "works" You are better off with these types of pots and pans because they last forever. I believe SS is non stick if you get it hot then add oil or butter then turn the heat down.
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anodized pots/pans are not coated with anything correct?
They are anodized. Thats a coating
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Both. The set you linked looks fine but i would also get a couple non-sticks.
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They are anodized. Thats a coating
sort of not really
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Aluminium is not anodised naturally, it is added later by an electrical process, this then makes it a "coating" and it can be scratched through this coating.
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We use Stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum, and cast iron.

do NOT use teflon non stick...not a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Polapea View Post
Both. The set you linked looks fine but i would also get a couple non-sticks.
honest ? not trying to be a smart azz: why do I need both? can't I grease the stainless if I want to cook, say eggs?
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I really like the ozeri green earth and stone earth pans. They don’t make them in a set but the coating is natural, and they are very cost effective.

I also have stainless and cast iron and some others. I find that it’s better to build your own set so you can pick and choose and have things that don’t react with ingredients.

Here’s a link with info regarding various materials
https://www.thecookwarereview.com/co...-material.html
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We use Stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum, and cast iron.

do NOT use teflon non stick...not a good idea.
so when do you choose to use each pan?
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anodized pots/pans are not coated with anything correct?
A chemical reaction causes a very hard and durable coating on the aluminum that you can use the green scrubber on if you want.

I happen to like offerings from calphalon. Pricier but not rediculously so.
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so when do you choose to use each pan?
I really only use the hard anodized aluminum for an omelet or an egg for the kids. They don't like the crispy edges on the egg from the cast iron. My fried egg only goes on cast iron!

I use cast iron for just about everything else unless its soup or something that will ruin the seasoning of my cast iron. So boiling eggs, making a roux, anything with a liquidy tomato base all goes in SS.

I would say that we use the cast iron pans for 75% or more of our cooking. We have two really nicely seasoned 15" Lodge pans that stay out all the time. The Hard Anodized stuff is Calphalon and all the SS is Al-Clad
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It really depends on your budget and how much effort you're willing to put into seasoning the pans.

Most people want zero effort and low budget, which is why the big box store sets are so popular.

Think of it like fishing tackle; The good stuff is expensive and you have to maintain it properly. OTOH, I've caught more fish on my TLD20's than I have on my Penn Internationals.

For mid priced "good stuff" I have a set of All Clad copper core stainless, it has the best heat distribution of any of the mid priced stainless sets, which really makes a difference when you cook on it. Go on YouTube and look for America's Test Kitchen videos, they do a lot of good cookware reviews.

Recently I've been adding some real copper stuff into the collection, Mauviel is one of the decent brands but there are several others. By no means cheap but what a joy to use.

My "cheap stuff" is mostly carbon steel, which if seasoned properly really is close to non stick and doesn't flake off like the chemical coatings on department store non stick. There are lots of YourTube videos on how to properly season carbon steel, it isn't that hard.

The department store non stick stuff I consider throw away class, because as soon as it starts to flake off you pretty much need the toss it.

If you don't mind the weight and the seasoning required, it's also pretty hard to beat good old cast iron.
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Kinda like fishing, you need different equipment for specific tasks.

Use different types for the job, All-Clad, cast iron and a little non stick.
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We've been cooking on the same set of Farberware stainless pots and pans for 46 years.
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honest ? not trying to be a smart azz: why do I need both? can't I grease the stainless if I want to cook, say eggs?
Best to season the stainless for eggs, still need a little grease though. Google "seasoning stainless cookware"
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I am leaning to stainless and I'm not a good enough chef to worry about different pans for different uses. I mainly wanted to know if stainless was ok for everyday cooking and I still don't know haha
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Consider the Tramontina tri-ply set. It'll give All Clad a run for the money at a third of the cost. They also have regular stainless set for $197.

IMO, you need a good set of stainless, non stick skillet in 8 & 12", a good, well seasoned cast iron skillet.

I have some of the newer ceramic non stick and like it better than Teflon

Get a set of wooden utensils for your stainless and some Bartenders Friend cleaner to keep it looking nice
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