No kitchen cookware set is complete without a reliable nonstick pan. These frying pans make cooking up anything from steaks to veggies easy with their non-stick sealant. They are also a total breeze to clean. For folks that have grown frustrated with using stainless steel pans or don’t have the room for bulkier items in the kitchen like cast iron skillets, nonstick pans are the perfect compromise. Lightweight, versatile and often available to be purchased on the cheap, the only real question that comes along with nonstick pans are sorting through the endless options available.
The vast majority of nonstick pans are made with a sealant known as “Teflon“. A synthetic chemical, teflon is mostly made up of carbon and fluorine, and gives the pans with nonstick qualities. This coating is added to standard metals that most nonstick pans are produced from. Debate around the safety of using teflon surfaces for cooking has been rampant for years, and there is a vocal group of people who believe the synthetic chemicals that coat the pan can prove hazardous to health. The good news? From what we know, there doesn’t seem to be any adverse health risks linked to teflon sealant. So don’t be uneasy about making the nonstick pan your go-to fryer.
However, if concerns about teflon coating persists, newer models of nonstick pans are made from ceramic. These pans lack any form of teflon, and instead the ceramic naturally provides a pretty effective nonstick qualities. Ceramic is an environmentally friendly option that is delightfully customizable in different shapes and colors. The one downside to ceramic options is the shelf life. These pans tend to wear down much more quickly than their teflon counterparts.
But ceramic pans are pretty nifty. Ceramic has a pretty high heat resistance, so it can sit on super hot burners for a prolonged period of time. They also help to deliver healthier meals, since you generally need to use less oil when preparing food.
Plenty of companies produce nonstick pans, but it’s important to get this kitchen product right. These everyday fryers will accrue a lot of wear and tear, so they need to be durable and effective. Here are some of the brands that we love when it comes to nonstick cookware.
With over a century of experience making high quality cookware, Tramontina is a brand to trust. We love their ceramic frying pans, and they have sets and sizes to fit the space of any kitchen.
Their products also come in a variety of eye catching colors, ideal for decorative purposes.
Simple, sleek, and affordable, FaberWare makes some seriously impressive nonstick pans. From ceramic to aluminum, they are sure to have a helpful pan to suit any preference.
If you’re looking for modern and functional kitchenware, Ozeri is the place. A speciality manufacterer for the modern home, their products are super trendy without sacricing effectiveness.
We love their ceramic frying pans, which are available in 3 different sizes; 8, 10, and 12 inches. Their durable frying pans consistently excel, and they’re known to push the envelope with cutting edge design and materials.
Founded in the 1950’s T-fal has built an amazing brand centered around nonstick pans. While they’ve since branched out to other cookware and kitchen favorites, their nonstick fryers remain first class.
Dedicated to making cooking easier, their products certainly live up to that lofty goal. Consider purchasing an extensive cookware set, which covers all of your kitchen and cooking needs.
All Clad Non Stick Pan
A true kitchen staple is ideal for searing, browning, and pan-frying everything from eggs to meats
Care & Maintenance
The attraction of using a nonstick pan versus something made from stainless steel has always centered around the idea that nonstick fryers are easier to clean. While that’s true to a point, that doesn’t mean nonstick pans should just be nonchalantly tossed in a dishwasher.
On the contrary, it’s pretty important to ensure proper care in order to get these pans to live up to (and past!) their usual shelf life. Most nonstick pans, if taken care of, can last upwards of 5 years. So while they don’t have an indefinite shelf life, they can provide pretty good use when maintained properly. Once the surface of the pan starts to peel or fray, it’s probably time to replace.
When it comes to care, cleaning, and maintenance, here’s what to know:
Lay off the Cooking Sprays
Look, we get it. Cooking sprays (like PAM) are easy to use, and make a minimal mess. Instead, spring for butter or vegetable oil to create a proper coating.
Cooking spray can build up over time, creating a barrier between the food and the surface of the pan. This buildup also diminishes the pan’s ability to adequately heat up whatever is cooking. This build up can be a massive pain to remove, and ultimately can even remove the nonstick sealant.
Hand Wash if Possible
Part of the appeal for nonstick pans is how easy they are to clean. That includes the allure of being able to simply toss it in the dishwasher after use. But try hard to resist that urge. While it sounds counterintuitive, constant dishwashing of nonstick pans can actually degrade the quality of the cookware.
That’s because dishwashers can get pretty hot, and warp the metal and shape of the pan itself. Given enough cycles in the dishwasher, and you can also find that the sealant on the pan starts to break down as well. Detergent can also be pretty harsh on a pan over time.
Instead, hand wash with warm water and dish soap. It might take a few extra seconds, but the pans will be better off long term.
Dings, scratches, and a diminished sealant coating can all be (temporarily) remedied with a proper seasoning. What’s that, you ask?
Seasoning refers to using vegetable oil to help coat and fill in the ridges on the surface of any pan. While seasoning is used most often for cast iron skillets, it’s also essential for dinged up nonstick pans.
Simply take some olive oil, rub along the surface of the pan, and heat in an oven at 300 degrees for about an hour. While you don’t have to do this all the time, every few months is ideal.
Use Low to Medium Heat
While Ceramic nonstick fryers can tend to stand a little more heat, try not to blast your pan with a constant high-heat flame.
Stainless steel pans can withstand high heat MUCH better than nonstick sealants. Let your pan heat up properly on a lower setting. They retain heat well enough so that you won’t it to endure heat which could ultimately warp the pan.
This is a no brainer. Try not to stack your pans or throw them in drawers or cabinets where they could be scratched or dented.
Never Plunge a Hot Pan into Cold Water
Also known as “Thermal Shock“, it can be tempting to immediately throw a searing hot pan underneath the faucet to clean. But be warned – metal that goes from extreme heat to cold rapidly can warp almost immediately. It can also wear down the nonstick sealant, essentially rendering your favorite nonstick pan unusable.
Avoid Metal Utensils
Wooden or plastic utensils work best when cooking on nonstick fryers. Metal can easily slip, causing scratches or scraping off the nonstick coating.