Frying Pans

Written by Charles Peacock
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Frying pans might seem like an easy thing to buy, but if you're looking for something that's going to perform well and last you a long time, it's best to do some research. No two frying pans are alike, and which ones are the best is certainly a matter of preference. Let's look at some of the different aspects of frying pans in the hope that it can help you make a more informed purchase.

Qualities of Good Frying Pans

These days, "nonstick" pans are all the rage. They're easier to cook on, easier to clean, and are often of very high quality. Beware of cheap nonstick pans, however, they tend to scratch easily, fall apart quickly, and can even leave flakes of nonstick material in your food if you're not careful. Look for higher quality nonstick pans, where the nonstick surface is actually built into the cooking surface not sprayed on.

Another thing you'll want to consider when buying pans is what type of stove you're using. Some types of metal pans are better suited for gas ranges, for instance, and if you're looking for good performance on your gas stove you'll want to select the right pan. Also, if you have small burners that tend to heat only the center of your pans, look for pans made with good conducting metals like copper, which will help you get a more even cooking surface.

Handles are a very important aspect of frying pans, since they're the main interface point for the chef. Look for handles that are fused into the pan, not screwed on. You'll also want to avoid cheap materials like plastic. Handles made from sturdy materials, like stainless steel, can stay cool while you cook and can even be safe for putting in the oven.

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