Where did the good, cheap non-stick pans go?
About 15 years ago I bought a very ordinary but fairly thick/heavy $5 non-stick generic sauce pan and even when the handle broke, it's been a great utensil until about the last year. Someone has put a couple little scratches in the bottom and they've started to expand. Now eggs and other food are starting to stick a bit.
So I went looking for a similar replacement and could find nothing and even at WM, they're SO EXPENSIVE, like nothing under $25, and not what I want anyway, even if they were free. What I settled for is a pan that looks and feels very different but the label said "non stick" so I got it. (Not at WM, so don't blame them, although that's always fun.) Ugh! I might as well be trying to fry eggs on glassware. I had to scrub so hard (but with only a nylon plastic scrubber) the very first time, it's already damaged. I think it's just painted black, and I don't want to use this dumb thing anymore at all. All I have ever had to do with real non-stick pans is hit them with hot water from the sprinkler thing at the sink, everything comes right off.
What is going on? Where did all the real non-stick pans go? At this point, I would gladly pay much more for one but just can't find any. Has this type of item moved only to specialty stores? I'm not much of a shopper and not many places to shop around here anyway. I guess it would be OK to go in a mall next time I'm in a city if I knew I could find a good pan.
Thanks for your input!