Non Stick Frying Pan – Chef Caron Explains the Options

Non Stick Frying Pan

If you’re in the market for a non stick frying pan there are more options today than ever before. To quickly simplify the process of selecting a new non stick frying pan, let’s figure out what your priorities are. The three main considerations are price, safety and convenience.  Any non stick cookware reviews need to cover all three of those issues in order to be useful in the decision making process. These are considerations that affect people’s perception about which are the best non stick pots and pans. So it definitely applies to choosing the best non stick frying pan. So let’s address them one at a time.

Are you most concerned with price?

non stick frying pan with teflonThe best non stick frying pan prices are going to be the cheapest to produce, which in today’s world will be Teflon@ or any other PTFE based non stick surfacing.  If you’re buying a non stick frying pan online you will definitely find the lowest prices, by far, in pans with the Teflon surfaces.  If you don’t have safety concerns about these pans, they will be a good fit for you because they are also very convenient to use.  As long as you are aware of the rules of non stick cookware safety you can get a lot of use from the PTFE coated pans. Never overheat them and never use metal utensils or anything that can scratch the surface. When you see signs of scratching, get rid of the pan, unless you don’t mind a bit of polytetrafluoroethylene in your food.

Is safety your top priority?

cast iron frying panSafe non stick pans would be those that don’t off-gas when in use, and that have the most stable non stick surfacing – so it isn’t released into the food while cooking.  In many ways, the idea of “healthy non stick pans” is a bit of an oxymoron – a phrase that contradicts itself. If you truly looking for the safest frying pans to buy, you will probably want to stick with (non pun intended) a more traditional surface such as stainless steel or cast iron. These are, in my opinion, the safest non stick cookware, though a lot of people wouldn’t even consider them to be non stick at all. The trick is in learning to use them correctly and that simply takes practice. There’s no question that these are the safest frying pans.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a healthy non stick cookware that employs a true non stick coating (unlike stainless or iron) you’ll want to avoid all types of Teflon® cookware. There is no truly green non stick pan you can buy, but the ceramic and ceramic-style non stick surfaces are more durable and will withstand more heat than the PTFE coated pans. If you don’t overheat them and you only use non stick utensils (wood, plastic or silicone), the surfacing will not come off in your food.

 Are you considering convenience above all else?

frying pan with a lidThere are a lot of ways to define convenience.  If convenience were my top priority, I would be looking for a non stick frying pan with a lid – also a large non stick pan.  When it comes to the non stick pan coating, both the PTFE coatings (also used to make bbq grill mats) and the ceramic non stick frying pan coatings a similar. If you consider how quickly the pan will wear out, then you’ll want to ego with the ceramic as it is more durable and less susceptible to heat than the PTFE.

copper non stick frying panThe top rated pots and pans are the ones that are constructed to provide quick and even heat distribution. Copper is the beat material for that purpose and the best non stick cookware brands either make the pan base from copper or use a copper plate on the bottom of the pan. An example of this is the old Revere Ware. Another trick that is used is to sandwich aluminum between stainless steel plates so you get the best of both worlds – quick and even heating of the pan with the stability and safety of the stainless steel.

But again, if your viewing it strictly from the point of convenience, the best frying pan will be the copper pan with a ceramic-type non stick pan coating. These are the easiest to use – and though the Teflon is easier to clean, it doesn’t last as long and scratches more easily. But you can weigh that one out for yourself.

You can read more about these various options below this post – I’ve included examples of the various styles of non stick frying pan with reviews, ratings, prices and descriptions. I hope you’ve found this useful.