Should I stick w/ a nonstick pan if...

pammyfayJanuary 24, 2006

...I want to use it for both making a spaghetti sauce and doing chicken cutlets and (low-heat) stir-frys?

I cook only a little bit and have used a set of T-Fal nonstick (from QVC) for the past 10 or so years (wow--that's a lot). The chicken-fryer pan (nice capacity, straight sides) is starting to look its age, and the interior covering is starting to wear off.

I'd really like to find one pan to replace it, because I don't spend all that much time in the kitchen and don't have a lot of storage space. I still use the T-Fal skillets and saucepots for other things, and they look fine.

From what I've read, tomato-based sauces should NOT be used in SS?

Macys has a bunch of pans on sale this week, so I want to stop by and see how they feel. Like many other folks, I'm starting to pay attention to how hard they are on the wrists (I do a lot of typing at work--and on these boards!--so I'm starting to think a lot more about preserving what is integral to my job).

So I'm wondering if I should eliminate any of the SS varieties right off the bat because of the cooking I want to be able to do with one general pan?

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You can cook anything in stainless steel. Believe it's the aluminum products you have to be concerned with when cooking tomato-based sauces.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 12:21PM
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I would be looking at a good quality non stick pan....look for one with an aluminum body because it conducts heat better than stainless does. I like Meyer professional....and a 10 inch skillet should do fine for cooking chicken and making a quick tomato sauce. Don't know what you mean about low heat stir fry....but do remember that you shouldn't be using high heat with a non stick pan.
Linda C

Here is a link that might be useful: professioinal cook ware

    Bookmark   January 25, 2006 at 5:48PM
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I cook tomato based foods all the time in All Clad Stainless and it's over 15 years old and still perfect. I also use my 12" Non Stick Calphalon Everyday Pan, everyday :) for slow frying and sause preparation. If I had to buy one pan, I would pick the 12" Non Stick Everyday Pan, it's perfect for frying as it is aluminum, it's large enough to cook sause, it cleans easily, it is not too heavy and it has two handles so no wrist problems.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 11:21AM
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I don't think I've ever heard of anything you can't cook in stainless steel.

Tomato-based sauces can strip seasoning off of cast iron and maybe make the sauce taste funny if you simmer it long enough.

Not sure what t-fal's non-stick surface is, but if it's wearing off you're probably eating it. Not something I'd want inside me.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 5:51PM
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