Need A New Frying Pan

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Spymaster, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    What are the best non-stick pans, and how does cast iron compare?

    Don't mind spending a few quid for lasting quality.
     
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  2. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    cast iron takes a lot of care - you need to bake on layers of oil at a high temp repeatedly to initially season it and afterwards you shouldn't ever wash with soap. tis a pita tbh and they're also impossibly heavy so you won't be flipping pancakes in em.
     
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  3. tombowler

    tombowler still missing the point

    But cast iron is great for omellettes! with non stick I have found tefal to fare best but really only three or four years, cast iron should last a lifetime imho
     
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  4. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Does cast iron become non-stick when they're seasoned. I don't mind putting a bit of effort in, tbh.
     
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  5. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    yes it does. last time i bought i just picked a good quality heavy non-stick one (with metal handle so it goes in the oven) must have lasted 15 years so far, still going strong, still pretty much non-stick.
     
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  6. fen_boy

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  7. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Jesus wept, pricey stuff.
     
  8. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    This is the kind of thing I'm after, cheers.

    Is that about the right price?
     
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  9. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Cast iron pans are awesome. You can start things off on the hob then transfer it to the oven.

    I've got one that's older than me :cool:

    I've also got a really nice heavy bottomed stainless steel one with a metal handle and lid. It's pretty deep to and I use it for almost everything, curry, fried eggs, pasta sauce, roasts etc etc. If I could only have one, it'd be that one.

    63 quid for a frying pan is insane btw.
     
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  10. fen_boy

    fen_boy Exits gracefully.

    I'm not sure what I payed. I think they were christmas pressies.
     
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  11. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    Charity shops are good places to get Le Creuset. People get bought them as gifts and get rid as they're too heavy :)
     
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  12. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    Not really. If it lasts for years and years it's a pretty good investment!
     
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  13. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    My amazing pan came as part of a set I picked up in the sale for 50 quid or something. That's with a massive stockpot and two saucepans. This was 10 years ago I guess.

    I'll check the brand when I get home but it's top quality stuff.
     
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  14. fen_boy

    fen_boy Exits gracefully.

    The Circulon Infinite Adonised pans are good too and they're a bit cheaper. I've got the wok in that range and it's great.
     
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  15. fen_boy

    fen_boy Exits gracefully.

    Have you got a gas hob? If you've got something else (like an induction hob) that might affect your choice.
     
  16. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    If you have an electric cooker I'd recommend a new cooker before a new pan.
     
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  17. fen_boy

    fen_boy Exits gracefully.

    Some of the newer induction hobs are brilliant.
     
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  18. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I've spent nearly £100 on three frying pans over the last 6 years. £63 for something that'll last longer seems ok to me.
     
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  19. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Like I said, mine cost the equivalent of 10-20 quid 10 years ago and it's super solid, well made and cooks wonderfully. My cast iron one probably cost a fiver 40 years ago.
     
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  20. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Ok. Let me know the make when you get home.
     
  21. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I've got one of these. Can't say I'm that excited about it really.
     
  22. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

  23. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    TK Maxx are good for cookware bargains and they often have Le Crueset stuff in.

    This thread has reminded me to go there at the weekend for a look as I need a new frying pan too
     
  24. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

  25. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

  26. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I cook with it, not kiss it.
     
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  27. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    ooops wrong thread
     
  28. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    nearly a meter!?
     
  29. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    I have a massive stove.
     
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  30. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    If you get non-stick go for one where the coating is anodised on, it won't flake off or be damaged by heat so readily as a cheaper non-stick pan. Of course you'll still have to be careful with it but it's not going to start flaking off into your food right away.
     
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