Berndes or Scanpan
I am going to buy my first non stick grill pan. I checked out ebay UK, a nearly brand new Berndes grill pan is on auction for less than Â£5(still bidding, final price is yet to confirm). At the same time, there is another retailer put Scanpan grill pan on summer sales too, that is Â£39.
I had my "try to buy" Scanpan fry pan last week, it is terrific! All the fry pan that I tried before couldnÂt rival with Scanpan qualities. It has a heavy construction base, heat fast, heat evenly and didnÂt create hot spot as I cooked with high heat for about 10 minutes. I put it on test for shallow frying (only put 2 tablespoon of oil) Chinese silken tofu, the tofu were perfectly browned and crispy and it tasted as good as deep frying tofu, plus it didnÂt stick on the pan at all. Tofu is rich protein food, it is very likely cling to base if not enough oil when cooking. The ordinary non stick fry pans that I previously used couldnÂt perform such a beautiful result with this amount of oil. The tofu turned out pale, soggy and partly cooked texture, even though I pan fried it for 20 mins.
I donÂt use grill pan as often as fry pan and sautÂEpan, I may use it once a week the most. That why I donÂt know which one to choose.
Bernes and Scanpan are made from pressure cast aluminium, so hot spot and heat distribution are non issue. The non stick coating for the pan is different. Bernes use Dubont AUTOGRAPHÂ® and Scanpan use ceramic titanium coating. Ironically both of the cookware are only guaranteed for 10 years in contrast to the full life time guarantee in US. Personally I donÂt think AUTOGRAPHÂ® will outlast Scanpan coating mostly because Scanpan has a ceramic titanium layer to protect the non stick properties, but I may be wrong.
Is that worth to spend more $$$ on non primary use cookware?
Any input is highly appreciated.
Food Lover Cambridge, UK