What Frying Pan is Best for You?

February 01, 2016

What Frying Pan is Best for You?

Have you been considering upgrading your kitchen tools, in particular your frying pan? If so then you know there are all kinds of different materials to choose from, at all different price points. Obviously you want to pick one that meets your needs so here’s the pros and cons of the most popular materials out there.

Cast Iron

Cast iron fry pans are literally something that can be passed down through generations, that’s how durable they are. These heavy-duty pans just keep going and going. The key is to make sure that you have seasoned it properly, and that you are well aware of how to care for it. These pans are amazing if you do a lot of browning or like to simmer at a low heat for long periods of time. The cast iron does an excellent job of keeping the heat even throughout. A couple of downfalls is that these are very heavy, making them difficult to store sometimes, and they can be finicky to clean.

Ceramic

Ceramic frying pans and cookware in general is quite popular right now and for good reason. This one cleans up very quickly and easily, it can go in the dishwasher, and it does a good job heating up in an even manner. At the same time it’s got some issues such as the fact the food can stick to the pan, it doesn’t always hold up well over time, and many find it chips quite quickly.

Which Frying Pan is Best?

Which Frying Pan is Best?

Aluminum

If you’re looking for a frying pan that is lightweight and easy to handle, aluminum is an excellent option. These pans tend to heat up very fast and very well, and you’ll find they are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to some of the other materials. Where aluminum falls short is in durability. Unfortunately these don’t hold up well over time and end up warping and get scratched very easily. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, this one isn’t it.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an excellent all-around option. It holds up well over time, it tends to be inexpensive, it’s easy to clean and is even safe to go in the dishwasher, and the weight is heavy enough that it won’t warp. So what are the negatives? Well stainless steel isn’t always the best at distributing heat evenly, which can obviously affect the quality of your food.

What Matches Your Needs

By spending a little bit of time doing your research you’ll be able to pick the pan that best matches your needs.

 

Sources:

http://www.thekitchn.com/a-guide-to-the-best-material-for-pots-and-pans-pros-cons-168241





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