Given the proliferation of materials and coatings, it has become increasingly difficult to choose a pan. Here we will try to be as accurate and as objective as possible for everyone to make a choice with full knowledge of the facts.
Stove with or without coating?
When selecting, this is the first question to ask. The idea is to have two types of pans in the kitchen utensils but the two have opposite patterns of use. One should not use a pan with coating the same way as uncoated pan and yet this is what 90% of us!
A pan with coating, commonly called non-stick pan, is not done by design to be used at high temperatures so it is absolutely not made to cook meat or vegetables for example.
There are different types of coatings. Some coatings allow you to keep your nonstick pan longer, sometimes for many years, especially if you use a low heat. But you should know that in the end, a nonstick pan has a limited lifespan. Its coating will eventually lose its anti-adhesive qualities by the ravages of time. (more…)