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finallylosing 11-02-2013 08:42 PM

Curious about cookware
Just wondering what type of cookware people are using. I need a new frying pan and have been thinking about cast iron because I worry about the Teflon fumes etc. In all the reading I have done they keep saying cast iron is great for low fat frying, but I want to fry in fat! Just really looking for opinions. I had a cast iron pan years ago but could never get used to it. It probably wasn't seasoned properly! I use a frying pan every morning so need something durable.

shelby'snana 11-02-2013 08:57 PM

My DH got me the most awesome set of Cephalon cookware for Christmas 2 yrs ago..... it is very expensive, but I will never need another set ! Nothing sticks !

I like cooking with cast iron too.....but it's so heavy, and mine was sticking yrs ago.

Will be interested in seeing what you pick ! Good luck !

rose1 11-02-2013 09:04 PM

I use stainless steel exclusively except for one Le Creuset enameled cast iron frying pan that is over 45 years old. :love: No Teflon.

Ntombi 11-02-2013 10:07 PM

I use fully clad stainless steel and cast iron. That's it. The stainless is Cuisinart Multi-Clad Pro, which got rave reviews from America's Test Kitchen and several other trusted sources, and the cast iron is a mix of old pieces that are close to a hundred years old (from my grandmothers) and pre-seasoned Lodge (made in the USA) skillets I bought new as an adult.

I love my cookware. :)

Hot Tamale 11-02-2013 11:27 PM

I Just bought a cast iron one...it is heavy, but so far, so good, and cooking in it reminds me of my grandparents. win-win :)

luckymuma 11-03-2013 02:44 AM

No Teflon here either. We just have stainless steel for all our pans, and I have two enamaled cast iron pans that can also go in the oven.

Aomiel 11-03-2013 06:16 AM

I love cast iron but can't use it anymore because I have arthritis in my hands and it's too heavy. Same for my Le Creuset cookware (and it makes me want to cry). So I have a couple of Cephalon pans that I use for just about everything.

There are a number of 'green' sites that review the various cookware and they said even stainless steel contains other metals that, over time, develop nicks and wear, allowing the other metals used to make the pan (cuz stainless steel is actually a combo of metals) to leach into foods, although not at any rate worth mentioning.

Just Russ 11-03-2013 06:35 AM

I use antique cast iron frying pans. The secret is you do not 'wash' cast iron... at least not with soap. Soap cuts through the grease (seasoning) & removes it.
I use my mother's cast iron. We do re-enacting so we use cast iron a lot. Stuck on food (shouldn't happen) but if it does, put water in it & bring to a boil which will loosen anything stuck. After cooking, you run straight hot water through the pan & go over with a scrubber. No soap. Dry on a warm burner. Heat the cast iron before cooking, kills any germs. Antigue cast iron is lighter & smoother than modern made cast iron.
There are expensive enameled cast iron. Recently we've gotten a Dutch oven which my wife likes for acid dishes like tomato sauce... which will strip seasoning.
On a typical morning I'll cook bacon or sausage first... in saved grease (refrigerated in a coffee can). I'll pour off the grease after the bac/sausage is done. When the pan stops dripping, I wipe the edge with a paper towel (so it doesn't get so much on the burner... smoke alarm!) and put the pan back for fried or scrambled eggs. There's enough grease & I don't like my eggs swimming. This has worked for me.

limetwist 11-03-2013 06:53 AM

Who told you cast iron was meant for low-fat cooking? :0 Cast iron is destined for FAT! I don't really use it, because it's too fussy for me most of the time. But you can fry up bacon, sausage and even shallow fry stuff in it. That will help it get seasoned.

I use stainless steel pans for most of my cooking. I got mine at Costco--it's their house brand of pans.

I have a single non-stick skillet that I purchased at ALDI, and I specifically use this pan to cook eggs. Rarely anything else.

I have two pressure cookers (both stainless steel, Presto brand) as well. A 6 qt and an 8 qt. These are LIFE. SAVERS. I cook everything in my pressure cookers. I "steam" eggs (for hardboiled eggs, they jump out of their shells practically), cook vegetable side dishes (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, cabbage, ANYTHING), make stews, cook roasts (in about an hour to falling apart tender), make fall-apart chicken quarters in 8 minutes, cook chicken breasts in 2 minutes...

Long story short: Get a pressure cooker. You can brown in the bottom of it, and then pressure cook your way to victory.

Sirtain 11-03-2013 07:01 AM

I love my cast iron pan, and it IS perfect for cooking with fat. I use my 'green' ceramic pan for no-fat cooking- things just slide off.

Flagman- thanks for the reminder on how to 'wash' it - I think too many people do it incorrectly and think that cast iron is too much trouble/doesn't work well.

FatCat 11-03-2013 07:04 AM

I 'rescued' a cast iron skillet from the dump a couple years ago. It was pretty nasty with gooey, baked on grease, especially on the bottom and sides.

I used a lot of elbow grease, lye, even chisels and a wire brush to clean it up. But I got the outside and bottom down to metal again....the inside wasn't as bad and I was careful not to scrap that nice coating of carbon off the bottom.

I use it almost every morning for making omelets....the eggs slide out like it was a brand new Teflon coated pan.

I'll occasionally fry meat in it, but not often. To clean, I use hot water and soap and a sponge with the blue scotchbrite on it. Never scrub too hard....then warm it up to dry it off, add a little oil back on it.

Best 'investment' I've ever made!

finallylosing 11-03-2013 08:35 AM

Thank you so much everyone for the ideas! I have to go into the city tomorrow so will hit some big stores and see what I can find.
I have a really good stainless steel set of pots that I love but the frying pan drives me crazy. Everything sticks I find. And I want to stay away from Teflon. I will take all the suggestions with me!
And thanks for the cleaning tips. Perhaps that's why I didn't like the cast iron pan years ago.

snowangel9 11-03-2013 12:25 PM

Here's one more before you run off shopping, without me! :D (I love shopping and kitchen stuff is the best!) Look for ScanPans. You might have to look on line. They are made in Demark and have a ceramic, non stick coating. Nothing, sticks. I love them!

I use All-Clad for pots and have a couple cast iron, but it does get heavy...

JennyBell 11-03-2013 03:09 PM

I bought the Lodge brand from Target (or Walmart) and I use it every single morning to cook. They come pre-seasoned and I have never had problems with anything sticking, unless there isn't enough butter/fat.

I also listened to a podcast by Bulletproof Executive where they discuss this issue. They say NO to teflon, aluminum and stainless steel. They recommended enamel cast or ceramic. They mentioned the brand Tivoli, which I was able to buy a large stock pot today from Ross for $18.

Just Russ 11-03-2013 03:29 PM

Lodge cast iron cookware is top shelf of the modern made. I would happily use it.

FatCat 11-03-2013 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by JennyBell (Post 16669348)
I also listened to a podcast by Bulletproof Executive where they discuss this issue. They say NO to teflon, aluminum and stainless steel.

why 'no' to aluminum?

Ntombi 11-03-2013 04:02 PM

And why no to stainless steel?

Not that I'll be getting rid of my fully clad lots and pans, I love them!

snowangel9 11-03-2013 11:30 PM

Ditto... What Ntombi, said.


Originally Posted by Ntombi (Post 16669405)
And why no to stainless steel?

Not that I'll be getting rid of my fully clad lots and pans, I love them!

Ntombi 11-04-2013 12:03 AM

Oh, um, I meant pots. :o

Mimosa23 11-04-2013 03:03 AM

Now I wonder too... I have all stainless steel pots, pans and frying pans. I cook on electric so I can't get the cast iron to work for me...

I also have enamel coated steel pots, they've been in my family for about 30 years... I got rid of all aluminium and teflon type cookware.

I do use silicone bakeware occasionally.

bettycooker 11-04-2013 04:37 AM

From what I read when I researched the subject, stainless steel has more and more mystery metals these days. The best way to find out if it is a high grade surgical stainless steel is the check with a magnet. The magnet should stick to the best pan. I also found out the old Visions Ware or Corning Ware from the 70's is a good choice. I've found it at the best prices at Goodwill and garage sales. Ebay can be 10 times the price.

Ntombi 11-04-2013 05:20 AM

Oh, well the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro I have is 18/10 stainless wrapped around a core of aluminum, just like All-Clad. That's the optimal rating for stainless.

And yes, they all work with infusion cookware, which requires ferrous cookware.

nolcjunk 11-04-2013 05:55 AM

Either glass, ceramic, or cast iron.

I recently got a new ceramic pan and it is amazing - food cooks evenly, no sticking, easy to clean, and much much lighter than my cast iron pans which makes it easier to fry eggs every morning.

I cook soups in glass pots and do my stews in cast iron.

rosethorns 11-04-2013 07:31 AM

No aluminum because it is suppose to cause alzheimer, that's why when using aluminum foil you should always use parchment paper to protest the food.

I think teflon is ending it's times in 2014 because it is bad.

Thats when I bought my first ceramic fry pan. I love it too.

I have stainless steel cookware that's 40 years old.

PaminKY 11-04-2013 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by bettycooker (Post 16669831)
From what I read when I researched the subject, stainless steel has more and more mystery metals these days. The best way to find out if it is a high grade surgical stainless steel is the check with a magnet. The magnet should stick to the best pan. I also found out the old Visions Ware or Corning Ware from the 70's is a good choice. I've found it at the best prices at Goodwill and garage sales. Ebay can be 10 times the price.

I've bought a lot of stainless steel hardware for our barn and boats and I was told that a magnet would not stick to the better quality stainless steel but would stick the the lower grades that have cheaper grades of materials mixed with it. Magnets shouldn't stick to good stainless or aluminum.

I checked all the chains we bought for our horse wash bay area to make sure they wouldn't rust by using a magnet.

JennyBell 11-04-2013 11:45 AM

Something about nickel leaking into the foods. They also claimed iron leaking into the foods from cast iron, which could be a problem for people whom aren't amenic and get too much, but it tastes so much better, so I'm not going to worry about it.

finallylosing 11-04-2013 04:52 PM

Well the shopping trip wasn't overly successful today. Went to four different stores and all I could find was Teflon coated! One store did have a ceramic coated frying pan but not in the size I was looking for. Then low and behold I found some cast iron frying pans at my last stop - Walmart!!!! I bought the smaller one and have seasoned it twice so we will see how the eggs cook in the morning.
I appreciate everyone's input. And I am taking by the last few posts that the ceramic would be a good choice too. Since Christmas shopping starts soon, I will just keep my eye open every time I am out.

ravenrose 11-05-2013 06:28 AM

my friend Judy broke her ceramic stovetop to bits with a cast iron skillet. it was VERY expensive to replace. also can be scratchy on the ceramic top, depending on the pan. I KNOW you probably don't have one, but some people do, and it is a factor to think about. I wouldn't use one on mine.

plus, you know they do release iron into food. this is usually good if you are a woman still having periods. normally bad for men and older women. high iron consumption can lead to high levels of iron in the blood which is correlated with heart trouble. as an aside, best not to take vitamins with iron unless you are menstruating or have low blood levels too!

SkeeterN 11-05-2013 07:55 AM

I have wagnerware magnalite sauce pans that wear like iron. The pans I have may be over 30 years old but these have been around for over 50 years. The pans I have just keep going and going. I was given a roaster from my Father-in-law as it was his mothers and love it. This one is probably 50 years old. They are made of cast blended aluminum and magnesium, though and do not plan on stop using them. Because there has been no conclusive evidence to support that theory.

I do however need a pan that I can fry in. I cannot lift cast iron anymore. So I was thinking of getting another non-stick skillet but now I am not sure what to do.

PaminKY 11-05-2013 09:25 AM

I would like to try a ceramic coated stainless pan myself but haven't really looked for one. I looked at those Green pans that are at Wal-Mart but they are coated aluminum so I passed on those.

I wanted to mention that whenever I use my stainless skillets and cast iron cookware that after I clean them I will also rub coconut oil into them to keep them seasoned and stick free. I also do that to the non-stick aluminum skillets I have which I very rarely use. Sometimes when I take my stainless out of the dishwasher or even when I hand wash it there is sometimes still a whitish, tannish film on it and if you sprinkle a bit of Bar Keepers Friend on it and with a bit of light scrubbling you will feel that lift off, then rinse well, dry and rub with coconut oil or lard.

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