Reliable and sturdy cookware is the backbone of any cook’s kitchen arsenal. Equipping your kitchen with the best cookware for you and your needs can take time and research. A great, non-stick pan can make or break your omelet or other culinary creation, and with this in-depth review, we’ll look at the Copper Chef line and other non stick alternatives to bring you the best in cookware. To make sure that you’re fully equipped to whip up your signature dish, we’ll also explore a guide to selecting, using, and caring for your new cookware.
Table of Contents
- The Pan
- All-in-One Features
- Non-Stick Details
- Celebrity Endorsement and The Company
- Cost and Purchase Options
- Unbiased Review (Brand New)
- Unbiased Review Follow Up (Lightly Used)
- The Best Non Stick Pans
- T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan, 12.5 Inch
- Gotham Steel 10-Piece Nonstick Frying Pan and Cookware Set
- Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Fry Pan, 8-Inch
- Cuisinart 622-30G Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover
- T-fal B363S2 Specialty Nonstick Omelette Pan 8-Inch and 10-Inch Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan / Saute Pan Cookware Set
- Ecolution Evolve Non-Stick Fry Pan PFOA Free Hydrolon Non-Stick
- T-fal E765SC Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set, 12-Piece
- Imperial Home Healthy Nonstick Ceramic Coated Frying Pan – Three Pieces Eco-Friendly Durable Fry Pan Cookware Set
- Hommate Healthy Green Ceramic Non Stick Fry/Frying Pans
- Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan
- All-Clad NS1 Nonstick Induction Cookware
- Anolon 4-Quart Covered Saute Pan
- GC702 T Fal Optigrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill
- FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer
- FZ7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy AirFryer
- Frugal Options
- A Buyer’s Guide to New Pots and Pans and Usage, Care, and Cleaning Tips for Non Stick Cookware
Copper Chef features cookware with innovative technology and multiple applications. The pot itself is possibly inlaid with copper, which is designed to allow for an even distribution of heat while cooking. In theory, this lets every part of the pan offer the same temperature to your food to allow each bite to cook at the same rate. This unique feature should also equip it to function on any type of cook top, including gas, electric, induction, or ceramic. It was created to withstand temperatures up to 850 degrees, which means that you can use it on the cook top and transfer it directly to the oven for dishes like frittatas. It’s also composed of five different layers for added durability, including a stainless steel induction portion to aid with heat distribution.
There are a few things to remember with copper cookware. First, according to the Copper Chef website, their pans are actually a steel induction plate that has been covered with aluminum and copper color, and they may not actually contain copper elements. Please keep this in mind if you’re looking for cookware that is truly copper in nature. Additionally, copper products tend to be more expensive, and they require careful upkeep to maintain their unique properties. Copper is also more reactive to foods that are acidic or alkaline in nature, so be aware that these substances could eat away at the lining of true copper cookware.
The pan itself has higher sides than most cooking pans, which has led to the makers touting it as an “all in one” pan for your cooking needs. It’s also 9.5 inches on each side to accommodate more food than the average round pot. It is designed to hold up to 4.5 quarts at one time. It is created to be easy to transport with beveled handles and even an additional “helper” handle to make it simple to pick up. It is dishwasher-safe, which should make cleaning up easy. The Copper Chef XL is also now available, which features an additional inch of height on the sides of the pan. This lets you cook 25 percent more food at once, but it does not increase the cooking surface itself.
The Copper Chef pan was designed to be used as a baking dish, pan for roasting, cooking rice, steaming vegetables, wok, or stock pot. The inclusion of the deep fryer basket and a steamer rack adds extra value to this product, and both items are specially designed to fit snugly inside the pan. Due to the elongated sides of the pan, both frying and steaming are easy to do in this pot. In addition to these features, the steam rack can also double as the perfect-sized trivet for your Copper Chef pan. Please exercise care when placing either the fryer basket or steamer rack into the pan to avoid scratching the pan itself.
The Copper Chef also uses a unique non-stick surface called Cerami-Tech to keep your food from coating the pan and the pan from coating your food. The lining of the pan is free from the harmful substances of polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, and perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA. PTFE can cause symptoms that resemble the flu, and PFOA may increase the risk of developing cancer. Cerami-Tech is a unique mixture that includes epoxy resins and ceramic particles.
The Copper Chef claims that Cerami-Tech will not break off into your meal. Non-stick pans can also be healthier to cook with because those non-stick qualities should reduce the amount of oil or fat needed to keep your food from adhering to the pan. The exact nature of Cerami-Tech is unknown, but it would be best to use silicone or plastic utensils with it to reduce your risk of scratching the pans.
Celebrity Endorsement and The Company
The pan is recommended by cooking expert and restaurant owner Eric Theiss. He endorses several other “As Seen on TV” products, and there are many YouTube videos available where he discusses the merits of the Copper Chef products. Theiss has made several appearances on the TV shopping channel QVC to recommend various products.
The Copper Chef is produced by Fusion Life Brands, which is a division of Tristar Products. Tristar makes a large number of popular products, including juicers and pressure cookers.
Cost and Purchase Options
The Copper Chef is currently available with three different options. The first includes five pieces and retails for a total of $75 broken down into three payments. It includes the square pan, basket for frying, glass lid, steamer rack, and a recipe booklet. The recipe book contains over 25 recipes to get you started with the pan. In addition to all the items included in the first set, the second one also includes a square fry pan and costs $105. The third option includes those items plus a 10-inch pan, utensils, and a specialized peeler for $150. Each set includes a limited lifetime guarantee with normal cooking use at home. There is also a 60-day, money-back warranty, and it costs approximately $15 for handling charges to return the items in addition to the cost of shipping.
The Copper Chef can be purchased online or at a variety of retail stores. If you place your order over the phone, you may wish to decide which option you want prior to calling as the sales representatives often encourage you to purchase a larger set.
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Copper Chef can be purchased directly from the company’s website at copperchef.com and, of course, as with any as seen on TV product they try to make this really appealing to you by breaking the price down into payments and then knocking one payment off so currently you can purchase a four piece Copper Chef set for three payments of 24.99. Of course, there’s always the easier route of buying this from Amazon for a total price of 74.99 with free shipping. What you can expect to receive as part of the four piece set is the Copper Chef pan with a tempered glass lid, a fry basket, the steamer tray, the recipe book, as well as a four piece utensil set.
The pan itself is 9.5 inches in diameter and has pretty deep sides, which does give it a little bit more versatility. It does have the steel handles on both sides, which are oven safe. As well as glass lid, which is also safe to use in the oven. The fry basket and the steamer tray required just very minimal assembly, which wasn’t too complicated for me to figure out, and they fit pretty comfortably inside of the pan. Now, the four utensils that are included in the set could be fairly useful, however, they do feel very lightweight, kind of flimsy, and quite honestly a little cheap. As for the recipe book, it does have some interesting dishes, which makes it a nice complementary addition to the set. However, this recipe book, which really is a booklet because it’s very thin, retails for 19.99 on the Copper Chef website, which to me just seems a bit too overpriced.
Now, let’s focus on the pan itself. Right off the bat, I’m going to admit that regardless of whether or not this pan lived up to all the claims that the company made I truly really enjoyed using it and cooking with it. Now, contrary to what the name implies this pan isn’t actually made out of copper per se. Instead, it has a five layer construction that is mostly aluminum core, which is topped with a ceramic nonstick copper infused coating, because of this coating this pan is not fit to use with any metal utensils. Throughout my use this pan scratched very easily with just minimal use of metal utensils. It really doesn’t take a lot to scratch this if you’re using any metal spatulas, or forks, or knives, so I would definitely recommend to steer completely clear of any using anything that’s metal.
As I mentioned earlier, this pan does have a steel induction plate, which seems to do a really good job at heating the pan quickly and evenly. Within just seconds of putting this pan on the burner on medium setting it felt very, very hot to touch. Of course, I had to test this pan out with some cooking experiments, so I started out with your basic scrambled egg or an omelet and I made sure to use no oil or butter and, as you can see, I was able to remove the egg from the pan very easily, it folded nicely, it didn’t burn or stick, and left a virtually clean pan.
Next, I wanted to test out the steamer tray, so I decided to just steam up some basic vegetables. I poured a small amount of water into the pan and brought it to a boil, I then placed the steamer tray into the pan, which on second thought it’s probably smarter to place it in the pan before your water is boiling to avoid any injuries. Once the steamer tray was in place I added some asparagus and baby carrots directly onto the tray, closed the lid, and in about 10 minutes I had perfectly steamed vegetables. They were cooked just right and tasted really good. As you can see, the boiling water did leave some residue on the pan, however, it was extremely simple to clean up, and the Copper Chef pretty much looked brand-new after I washed it.
For my next experiment, I decided to cook a couple of pieces of steak following the recipe provided in the recipe book. After searing the steaks on both sides and using no butter or oil I moved the Copper Chef into a 400° oven for about 10 minutes or so. When I took the pan out of the oven the steak look great, it slid right out of the pan freely without sticking or burning. Once again, the clean up after this was very easy and quick. I literally only had to wipe it down with a sponge and rinse it with some water.
Finally, making a pie sounded like a great idea that day, so I decided to attempt it with the Copper Chef pan. Here you can see me placing the pie crust on the bottom of the Copper Chef and lining the sides of the pan with the crust as well. I then filled it with a couple pounds of berries and attempted my first lattice topped piecrust. I do have to say that because this pan is so much deeper than your average pie pan it wasn’t very comfortable to work inside the pan to line it with the dough, and then do all the crust work because the sides of the pan come up so high and constantly get in the way. While my pie turned out delicious and the Copper Chef definitely served its purpose I would say that it’s not the ideal pan for making a pie. I was, however, impressed with how easily I was able to separate the pie from the pan. Again, the pie didn’t stick or really burn to the pan, and keep in mind that I didn’t grease the Copper Chef in any way before placing my dough into it.
Needless to say, from all of my experiments this Copper Chef pan performed very well and left me very impressed. It did make me wonder about the relatively high amount of displeased customers and negative reviews. Currently, Copper Chef has a 2.2 Star rating with only 29% of the users willing to recommend this pan to a friend. While there were definitely customers that didn’t like the pan itself claiming that it didn’t work as advertised and the food stuck to the pan after just a few uses there was a larger amount of people that were unhappy with the company’s poor customer service. A lot of people complained about slow shipping or the product being out of stock for weeks. A large amount of people also had difficulty returning the product and getting their money back. There was also a fair amount of people that were charged more than the advertised price. While this pan seems to be a decent enough product that performs fairly well the company’s poor customer service seems to put a damper on the entire experience for customers trying this pan out.
The bottom line for me is that I would definitely avoid purchasing this pan from the website copperchef.com or from the cap As Seen on TV offer just to avoid any poor customer service, slow shipping, or any potential refund hassles. In my experience, ordering directly from Amazon was pretty painless, quick and easy. As for the pan itself, in my experience, it seemed to pretty much deliver on the claims that the company makes. My only complaint has to do with the thin top coating that is really easy to scratch with just a gentle swipe of any metal utensil but because this pan doesn’t seem to be very durable I can’t really speak to how long it will continue to perform the way that it did for me.
Also, from reading the instructions there are some limitations when using this pan. For example, you can’t use extra virgin olive oil or oil sprays when cooking with this pan. It is also not recommended that you use any steel wool or metal pads to clean this. Also, you should let the Copper Chef pan cool completely before washing it or cleaning it with water as any sudden temperature changes can cause warping.
Besides those points, Copper Chef seemed to be a very versatile pan that performed really well in my tests. However, does it make me want to get rid of all the other pots and pans in my kitchen drawers? It really doesn’t. While it will probably do fairly well with the six different cooking methods there will always be a need for other cookware that will be better suited for each individual dish. Having said that, while I’m not ready to throw out all the other pots and pans from my kitchen drawers I’m not opposed to making some extra space for the Copper Chef.
Thank you for watching my review of the Copper Chef pan. I hope you come back next time for more videos and reviews. As always, be sure to subscribe to Highya on YouTube.
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Some people had experienced burn marks that were permanently left on the pan and were wondering if that’s a recurring issue. There were also complaints of food having a metallic taste after being prepared in the Copper Chef, as well as other people wanting to know how well the pan held up after being washed in the dishwasher several times. Finally, many wanted to know if the pan continued to be truly nonstick even after several uses.
Now that I had a few more weeks to test out the Copper Chef, I want to specifically address those concerns. I want to start out by saying that after only a few uses I began noticing small scratches along the rim of the pan. Now, I haven’t been using anything metal with this pan, especially around the rim, so I can only assume that this happened as a result of the copper pan coming in contact with either the lid, or other pans in my pantry. There were also a few nicks on the surface of the pan, and quite a bit of scratches on the bottom. This, too, had to occur simply from the pan touching the stove top. As you can see, this pan scratches very easily. It really doesn’t take much for the top coat to either scratch, or chip.
Now, to address some of your concerns. A lot of people expressed concerns about using the metal steam tray or fry basket with this pan. If the coating on this pan is so thin, and scratches so easily, it’s entirely reasonable to assume that they will also scratch the surface of this pan. Now, the fry basket never really touches the bottom of this pan, so I don’t think you have to worry about it scratching the surface.
However, on the side of the pan where you attach the fry basket, the metal definitely comes in contact with the coating and does scratch the edges of the rim. The steamer tray, however, definitely comes in contact with the surface and has the potential to scratch it. In my initial test with the steamer tray I didn’t really have any issues with the tray scratching the pan, but this time I tried to actually produce some scratches by pushing down on the tray and dragging it back and forth. I tried this several times; however, I couldn’t notice any scratches as a result of this.
I would say that with normal use you will likely be okay as long as you’re not pressing down on the tray extremely hard and dragging it across the pan. This isn’t to say, however, that it’s not possible to scratch this pan with a steamer tray. Given how easily this pan scratches, and how thin the coating is, it’s pretty much a likelihood that the Copper Chef pan will eventually scratch, either because you use the wrong utensil, or you weren’t being as careful with the steamer tray.
We also received some comments about burn marks being permanently left on this pan. In my experience, I haven’t noticed any burn marks or discoloration on my Copper Chef; however, I did try to heat the pan up on high heat for a few minutes to see if that will produce any kind of spots, or discoloration, and I haven’t run into that problem. Having said that, though, it might be a good thing to keep in the back of your mind when considering this pan, since this problem does seem to come up every so often.
As you can see in my original review video, I’ve made a number of dishes in the Copper Chef, anywhere from eggs, to pies. I haven’t noticed a metallic taste in any of the dishes that I made then, and throughout my experience using it the past few weeks. I also haven’t noticed anything being off or tasting metallic in the foods that I make with this pan.
Another interesting question that comes up is how well the Copper Chef holds up after being washed in the dishwasher. Now, the Copper Chef website claims that this pan is dishwasher safe. After a few cycles in the dishwasher my Copper Chef pan still seems to be in fair condition. The dishwasher cycles didn’t seem to do any damage to the pan, at least as far as I can see.
Finally, a lot of users complained that this pan stops being nonstick after just a few uses. To test this, I fried up an egg on the ungreased Copper Chef, and while one side of the egg released pretty easily, the rest of the egg stuck to the pan and required a lot of spatula work to get it off. It definitely didn’t slide off the pan effortlessly. Now, I also wanted to recreate the omelet test to see if this pan would perform the same way it did when I tested it the very first time. If you remember from my original Copper Chef review, the omelet came off the pan effortlessly, and left the Copper Chef virtually clean. In my most recent experiment, I got very different results. The egg stuck to the pan and was very difficult to remove.
Now, I’m not sure what it is about the coating of this pan, but it definitely seems to lose its nonstick ability after just a few uses. I would say that after the first few weeks you better have some butter, or oil ready, because this pan will likely not perform the same way. So, to sum this up, this pan is very fragile. If you’re not extremely careful in avoiding metal utensils, and storing this pan away from literally everything, you can count on your Copper Chef having nicks, and scratches, within a matter of weeks.
Also, based on others’ reviews, it’s good to keep in mind that this pan is susceptible to burn marks and discoloration. Lastly, don’t count on the Copper Chef to continue to be nonstick, especially if you’re not using oil or butter. Unfortunately, this complaint comes up very often and seems to be a problem with most, if not all, of the Copper Chef pans. I hope that this video answered more of your questions and provided a little more detail about how the Copper Chef performs the more that you use it. I hope to see you next time for more videos and reviews, and be sure to subscribe to HighYa on YouTube.
The Best Non Stick Pans
In addition to the Copper Chef, there are lots of great options for non stick pans available on the market today. The following products have gotten rave reviews from home chefs across the county.
T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan, 12.5 Inch
The E93808 12.5-inch frying pan provides several unique and innovative features for your culinary creations. This pan has a specially designed Thermo-Spot heat indicator in the center of the pan to alert you to when the pan is ideally preheated to enhance the flavor of your dish. This area is slightly raised in the pan, and you’ll notice that the pattern disappears and becomes solid red when the pan is ready. The stainless steel base works well to evenly distribute the heat while cooking, and it is designed to be compatible with all cook tops, including induction ones.
The interior of this pan features Prometal Pro, which was created to be used in conjunction with metal utensils and not scratch the coating. This sturdy lining also enables the pan to be dishwasher-safe for easy clean up. The handle is riveted on for durability and silicone coated for comfort. The pan can tolerate an oven heat of up to 400 degrees. For added peace of mind, it includes a limited lifetime warranty and is free of PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Due to the quality materials used in the construction of this pan, it may be heavier than some other cookware on the market.
Gotham Steel 10-Piece Nonstick Frying Pan and Cookware Set
This ten piece set by Gotham Steel was created to be lightweight and sturdy. The pieces are safe to clean in the dishwasher, and metal utensils should not affect the non stick surface. The pieces are free of PTFE and PFOA, and they can be placed in the oven with a heat tolerance of up to 500 degrees. This particular model is not compatible with induction cooking surfaces.
The set includes a 1.5 saucepan, a 2.5 saucepan, a five quart pot and steamer tray, an 8.5-inch frying pan, a 10.5-inch frying pan, and four glass lids. The small saucepans are great for fondue or melting chocolate, and the five quart pot can handle large soups or stews. The frying pans are ideal for cooking eggs or bacon without added grease. The tempered glass lids feature handles that stay cool while cooking and form a seal that’s airtight when applied.
The interior coating of the Gotham Steel collection is a mixture called Ticerama. It’s a mixture of titanium and ceramic to provide added strength and function to the cookware. Due to the ceramic component, acidic foods do not degrade the lining. The pots and pans should be seasoned before your first use for optimal non stick efficacy. It’s also important to avoid using any cooking spray as it can interfere with the Ticerama lining.
Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Fry Pan, 8-Inch
The Hard-Anodized Aluminum Fry Pan by Calphalon offers a unique construction and great features. It’s constructed from a heavy-gauge aluminum to be light-weight and sturdy, and it was designed to evenly distribute the heat from cooking. The aluminum has been hard-anodized, which occurs when the aluminum product has been placed in an electrolytic acid bath and had electrical current passed through it. This process forms an oxide coating that resists scratches, stains, or chipping and is non stick without the use of PFOA or other harmful substances. This particular pan features three layers to create its non stick coating, and two are for added strength while the final one releases food particles quickly for easy clean up.
This eight-inch pan has a flat, level base that’s perfect for cooking many dishes. It’s dishwasher-safe and can be placed in the oven in temperatures up to 450 degrees. It works with a wide variety of cook tops, including gas, ceramic, halogen, and electric. To keep the lining in good working order and to reduce the risk of scratching, it’s best to use plastic, wooden, or nylon utensils. Avoid using cooking spray, and make sure that your pan is fully preheated for the best results. The extended handle was designed to remain cool while the pan is in use. In addition to those features, Calphalon offers a full, lifetime warranty after you’ve registered the product on their website.
Cuisinart 622-30G Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover
The Cuisinart 12-Inch Hard-Anodized Skillet offers many advantages for the home chef. As discussed above, the hard-anodizing process creates a durable, sturdy aluminum pan that resists scratches and facilitates an even distribution of heat. The Quantanium lining includes titanium and allows food to easily release without the use of additives like PFOA. The pan has a tapered edge to keep drips in, and it can be placed in an oven up to 500 degrees. The stainless steel handle sports a cool-grip component to make it easy to use while cooking. This pan is not designed for use with induction cook tops. Additionally, Cuisinart provides a limited lifetime warranty on this skillet.
These aluminum pans allow for even and fast distribution of heat, which reduces the risk of “hot spots” forming while you develop the flavors of your dish. With both eight and 10-inch sizes, these pans let you create a variety of different culinary treats. The non stick lining is free of cadmium, lead, and PFOA, and the pans are dishwasher-safe for less mess. The handles are silicon and created with proper cooking ergonomics in mind, and the pan itself is lightweight to make it easy to use. They can withstand oven temperatures of up to 350 degrees, and the products have a limited lifetime warranty for your peace of mind.
Ecolution Evolve Non-Stick Fry Pan PFOA Free Hydrolon Non-Stick
This non stick frying pan from Ecolution is a favorite among home chefs. The non stick cook surface is made with Hydrolon, an eco-friendly, non-toxic lining that is water-based and PFOA-free. The pan is composed of heavy-duty aluminum for years of use, and there are groves on the bottom for even heating while cooking. It’s best to use non-metal utensils to protect the Hydrolon interior, and avoid pouring hot water directly into the pan to reduce the risk of warping the bottom. The handle is made of silicone to keep it cool while you cook. In line with the brand’s values, at least 70 percent of the packaging for this pan is made of recycled materials, and this product is safe to put in the dishwasher.
This T-fal cookware set has a great combination of traits. The aluminum base has been hard anodized for longevity, and the titanium non stick surface is built to last. An innovative Thermo-Spot indicator changes from a patterned design to bright red when the cookware has been thoroughly preheated to lock in moisture and flavor. The base of the skillets have TechnoResist Anti-warp properties to keep them level for years to come. The handles are riveted and silicone-lined for ease and comfort, and they can even tolerate oven temperatures up to 400 degrees. While this set is not intended for use with an induction cook top, you can use metal utensils with it.
This 12-piece collection includes eight-inch and 10.25-inch frying pans, a Dutch oven that holds 5.6 quarts, a solid spoon of nylon, a slotted spatula, and three sauce pans with lids that hold 1.1 quarts, 2.3 quarts, and 3.2 quarts. The glass lids are made of tempered glass and include vents for optimal cooking. The larger frying pan has elevated sides to keep ingredients inside while frying or sauteing. The pots and pans are safe to run through the dishwasher to make clean up a snap. Each component is free from cadmium, lead, and PFOA for safer, healthier cooking.
This ceramic coated set from Imperial Home includes three frying pans that are eight, 10, and 12 inches in diameter. The beautiful red color on the outside will make you want to get cooking with this set while the ceramic lining offers a non stick surface that’s free of chemicals and toxins. Below the ceramic lies 3-mm, heavy-gauge aluminum for a sturdy set of pans that heats evenly. The black, bakelite handles keep cool while you cook to protect your hands from injury. They are not recommended for induction style cook tops and are not dishwasher-safe, so please keep that in mind when selecting the right pans for you.
Hommate Healthy Green Ceramic Non Stick Fry/Frying Pans
The Hommate Green Ceramic Non Stick Frying Pan is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This set of three frying pans are free from PTFE and PFOA to keep you and your family healthy. Their non stick properties come from a water-based ceramic coating with titanium for added strength to protect it from scratches. The non stick coating can gain additional resilience with an occasional coating of vegetable oil. For best results, do not use metal utensils on the pans, and to keep them from warping, allow them to cool thoroughly before submerging them in cold water. The body of the pans are composed of aluminum to create a level cooking surface that heats equally throughout.
This set features three pans that are nine inches, 10.5 inches, and 12 inches in diameter. The stainless steel handles were crafted to stand up to frequent use, but they may get hot with cooking. There’s a reinforced, flat base to promote the even heating of food, and the pans can transfer to an oven up to 400 degrees without difficulty. Customers have raved about how easy these pans are to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher.
Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan
This non stick frying pan by Tramontina is made of thick-gauge aluminum for even heat conductivity, yet it remains lightweight for easy handling. The ergonomic handle is covered in silicone to protect you from high heats while cooking, and the pan’s non stick coating is supposed to keep going strong for at least three years.
All-Clad NS1 Nonstick Induction Cookware
All-Clad is a trusted brand in cookware, and this set of anodized aluminum heats evenly and well. In addition to being dishwasher safe, they are suited for induction cook tops.
Anolon 4-Quart Covered Saute Pan
This saute pan by Anolon can be used for a variety of applications, including as a Dutch oven, frying pan, or sauce pan. With a wide, flat surface and large capacity, you can use it for stews and sauces without the food threatening to spill over the sides. The hard-anodized surface adds to its durability and ability to resist scratches and dents. The long handle has a rubber coating to keep you protected, and it is safe to put in an oven up to 400 degrees. It is not recommended with for use with a dishwasher or an induction cook top.
GC702 T Fal Optigrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill
The T Fal Optigrill is a non stick grill with unique features, including the ability to alter its cooking according to the thickness of the food. It has six different cook cycles to help you get the perfect charbroil on various foods. It has lights and alarms to indicate when the unit is preheated or when food is rare or well-done. There’s also an option that allows you to adjust for frozen meat. The cook surfaces are non stick aluminum that can be removed for easy clean up.
The FR8000 by T-fal cookware can cook up to 2.65 pounds of food in 3.5 liters of oil at once. The innovative, immersed heating apparatus helps to maintain an even cooking temperature for great results every time. There are two positions for the fry basket for ease of use, and the adjustable thermostat lets you set the right temperature for your needs. There’s a unique oil filtration, storage, and drainage system to make clean up a snap.
FZ7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy AirFryer
T-fal cookware makes the Actifry AirFryer, which allows you to make delicious, fried foods with minimal added fat. Typically, you can fit up to 2.2 pounds of food in the unit and cook it with a mere tablespoon of added oil for a healthier option to a deep fryer. It’s easy to operate with a timer to let you keep a close eye on your meals, and the non stick pan is free of harmful PFOA and PTFE. The removable parts are safe to put in the dishwasher, and this unit includes a recipe booklet and measuring spoon.
There are some great, budget-friendly options for the frugal chef. Even with current technology, non stick pans have a tendency to lose their non stick properties with time and repeat use. Some buyers may find that they prefer less expensive pans, and they buy with the intention of replacing their cookware every few years.
You can usually find inexpensive cookware at local stores. Farberware is one brand that tends to be reliable and inexpensive, and many of their frying pans cost less than $20. Restaurant supply stores are also a great place to find non stick pans that are easy on the wallet. Most are coated with Teflon to create the non stick surface, and Teflon has the potential to release small amounts of PFOA when it is well-worn. If you start to experience any flu-like symptoms, please replace your pans immediately.
There are a few key points that you should keep in mind while searching for budget cookware. If you have an induction cook top, it’s important to remember to buy a stainless steel skillet; otherwise aluminum should work well on other surfaces. Also, check the thickness of the aluminum to ensure that you are getting a quality product. A thin pan is more likely to warp with frequent use. Additionally, you may want to choose a pan with a handle that is molded to the side. Many pans feature a handle that is riveted to the pan itself, which can mean extra clean up for you around the rivet’s location.
A Buyer’s Guide to New Pots and Pans and Usage, Care, and Cleaning Tips for Non Stick Cookware
Top Tips for Buying New Cookware
There are so many options when it comes to the cookware available today, so it’s often helpful to have a guide to assist you in navigating the possibilities. Frying pans, or saute pans, feature the shape of a classic skillet paired with higher sides to allow for pan frying or sauteing foods. Traditional sizes for frying pans include diameters of eight, ten, or twelve inches. Cookware comes in a variety of materials, and each offers unique advantages and restrictions.
Aluminum pans are easy and often inexpensive to find at most retailers. These pans are great at evenly transferring heat, and they are often lightweight and sturdy. They tend to resist rusting and breakdown, but they can suffer when exposed to acidic foods. They are much more efficient than stainless steel alone. They have a tendency to warp or scratch with frequent use, and they may discolor foods or sauces that are light in color. Also, please keep in mind that they are not intended for use with an induction cook top.
Aluminum-clad stainless steel is another option that combines the heat conductivity of aluminum with the durability of stainless steel. It’s great for induction cook tops, and it heats equally while withstanding rust and degradation. It’s also important to note that this combination tends to weigh more than either substance alone, and it is not typically safe to clean in a dishwasher.
Cast iron cookware has been around for hundreds of years, and this dense metal allows for good heat conduction. It is quite heavy and retains heat well. However, it does need to be seasoned properly before storage to keep it from rusting and to prevent food from sticking to it.
Induction-ready cookware is often thin and lightweight, and it performs well at high temperatures. Unfortunately, it requires frequent maintenance. It should be seasoned both before its first use and then after every subsequent use to reduce the risk of rust formation.
Heavy duty, hard-coat or hard-anodized aluminum has 400 times the strength of typical aluminum, and it brings that strength into its tough exterior. It is non-porous, less likely to dent or react than aluminum, conducts heat well, and creates a naturally non stick surface. Some drawbacks are that is may take longer to preheat, can be susceptible to corrosion from acidic foods, is not dishwasher-safe, and unsuitable for induction cooking.
Stainless steel is dependable, affordable, and nonreactive with most foods. It is perfect for many varieties of stoves, including induction ones, and it is unlikely to rust or corrode. However, it lacks even heat distribution, which makes it prone to hot spots and even burning.
A stainless steel and aluminum mixture can offer some of the best of both materials. It conducts heat evenly to decrease the risk of the hot spots that occur with stainless steel cookware, and it gains the durability of stainless steel. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for use with induction cook tops.
The copper and stainless steel combination has a beautiful appearance and features benefits from both components. The stainless steel portion helps the copper to react less with foods, and the copper offers superior heat conduction. The main concern with these products is that the copper can be slightly malleable and allow for dents to occur.
Carbon steel is an additional category that heats up quickly and can be used with induction heating elements. While it is light and sturdy, it is not safe to clean in a dishwasher.
When buying new cookware, you should also consider if you want non stick or standard pans. Non stick surfaces usually allow you to cook without the addition of unhealthy fats or oils, and they tend to be easy to clean. However, they can be prone to scratches or dents, which may impair the non stick functionality. Also, they often cannot tolerate temperatures higher than 500 degrees. Standard surfaces, on the other hand, can usually be used together with metal utensils, which often harm non stick pans. Please be aware that you typically need to add butter, oil, or another lubricant to keep food from adhering to the pan, and these additives are often absorbed into the food.
The thickness of the pan can also play a role in your decision making when purchasing new cookware. A thicker metal tends to be heavier, but it can be more durable. It may take longer to heat up, but it often provides a better distribution of heat. It is usually safe to use with an induction cook top, but it tends to also be more expensive.
The cookware’s handles can also influence your buying decisions. Handles can be riveted on, welded, or screwed. The rivets tend to offer good longevity but can also present a challenge to clean. Welded and screwed on handles reduce the risk of bacteria build up inside the pan, but both tend to be less sturdy than riveted ones. Aluminum handles tend to transfer heat while cooking, so please be careful to use a pot holder or oven mitt to protect your hand. Stainless steel or hollowed metal handles often remain cooler while cooking. Silicone-coated handles also offer protection from high heats, but they cannot tolerate high temperatures in the oven.
A few additional items should be kept in mind when purchasing new cookware. First, you have a choice between a prepackaged set of pots and pans, which may allow each individual item to be cheaper but can be a higher cost overall, or buying each pot or pan individually. If you already have a good collection of cookware, then the second option allows you to focus on select pieces that would enhance your culinary adventures. Second, you also need to keep your cook top in mind. Induction surfaces need magnetized cookware for proper performance, and smooth-top ranges require flat-bottomed pans. Finally, it may be beneficial to handle the pot or pan in a retail store before purchasing to assess how heavy or comfortable a certain piece seems to you.
Using Different Types of Cookware
Selecting the right style of cookware for your culinary needs can help you to produce delightful dishes. There are many different styles of pots and pans available, and they each other specific advantages for certain cooking methods.
A general overview of cooking pans includes over 10 different varieties.
- A frying pan has sloped, curved sides that decrease the amount of steam that builds up during the cooking process, which makes it ideal for eggs, searing, or frying foods.
- A saute pan features high, straight sides and a wide base to offer the best heat conduction when braising, searing, deglazing, or sauteing.
- A wok pan has a small, flat bottom to allow for concentrated heat, and the high, sloped sides let you quickly move and stir fry foods.
- A tapered sauce pan has tall, straight sides and a small base to let you stir and simmer foods at a low heat over long periods of time.
- A straight-sided sauce pan features a wider base and often a lid to allow you to create sauces and monitor evaporation.
- A rondo or brazier pot is a wide pot that can be used as a hot bath for cooking meat and vegetables with minimal liquid over time.
- A sauce pot has a wide base to conduct heat well, and it is intended for cooking soups or stew slowly.
- A stock pot has a thick base and tall sides to facilitate the transfer of heat and flavor up from the bottom of the pan, which makes it great for soups, pasta, and chili.
- A paella pan has a wide base to toast rice at the bottom and has small handles on either side.
- An egg poacher has equal-sized cups to evenly poach eggs.
Baking pans come in a variety of styles to suit many different cooking styles.
- An angel food cake pan has high sides and a center clearing to allow angel food cakes and bundt cakes to cook evenly.
- A bread loaf pan is deep to promote rising from breads and encourages even baking at lower temperatures.
- A sheet pan is large, shallow, and has slightly raised edges, and it’s designed for cooking foods with minimal liquid, such as cookies or rolls.
- A cake pan offers straight walls to easily slide a cake or deep dish pizza out.
- Muffin pans have individual sections for each muffin or cupcake, and they come in a wide variety of sizes and counts.
- A pie pan has gently sloped sides to keep a pie crust from sliding down into the pan.
- A tart pan is wide and shallow, and often the sides can be removed to prevent damage occurring to a fluted crust.
- A springform cake pan consists of two pieces, which allows the sides to be removed from delicate foods such as quiche or cheesecake.
Taking Good Care of Your Cookware
These simple tips will help you get off to the right start with your new cookware. First, wash any new piece in warm, soapy water before cooking with it for the initial time, and use a soft towel or cloth for drying. Then, be sure to read any instructions from the maker as some cookware needs to be seasoned before its first use. Seasoning usually consists of applying cooking spray, oil, or butter and wiping it away. Non stick pans usually do better with slightly lower temperatures to preserve the non stick features longer. Finally, avoid extreme changes in temperature as this may increase the risk of your new products distorting or warping.
There are a few simple things to keep in mind when cleaning and storing your new, non stick cookware. It starts with careful use, which means avoiding metal utensils that can scratch the interior. This is especially important to remember with desserts made in new baking pans since people often like to cut them right in the pan. Be sure to use silicone utensils or remove the food from the pan itself before dividing into smaller portions.
When washing your new cookware, several steps can help to preserve the non stick lining. Please use soft sponges instead of scouring pads to decrease your risk of scratching the surface. Also, even if the cookware is labelled dishwasher-safe, you may wish to consider washing it by hand. The detergents used in dishwasher soap can sometimes be harsh on the pans and degrade the integrity of their non stick surfaces over time. On top of that, the high heat in a dishwasher may potentially warp the pan’s original shape. Additionally, it’s important that each piece is completely dry before storing, and do not use your new cookware for storing food.
Proper storage can also lengthen the life of your pots and pans, especially for non stick cookware. Haphazardly placing or stacking them in a cabinet can result in chips or scratches to the non stick surface, which can lead to rust and an increased risk of food sticking to the surface. Stowing your pans away carefully with a soft cloth in between each one can help to protect the non stick lining. Also, you can get good results with hanging each pan individually.
Stock Your Kitchen with the Best Non Stick Pan for You
Equipping your kitchen with the best cookware for you and your needs can take time and research. The Copper Chef cookware sets may offer you the pieces that you need to create culinary masterpieces.
There are also several great fancy and frugal nonstick options available to help you cook like a pro. Whichever pots and pans you choose, this cookware buying guide can help to direct your selections, and the tips for caring for and keeping your items can help you to cook and store your cookware like a chef for years of continued use.