As my pro-level-home-cook buddy Shannon says, “I can’t imagine doing serious stuff in ceramic.”
It was time to interrupt some eggs. On and off for a number of months, I cooked with the $50 Oxo Ceramic Professional Non-Stick 8-Inch Frypan, folding it into my every day kitchen testing and residential cooking. (I additionally had a bigger 10-inch version however barely used it so I may put as a lot as attainable put on and tear on only one pan.) Scrambled, omelets, sunny-side up, or over straightforward, my spouse Elisabeth and I have been as much as the problem, and that small pan measurement labored very properly for eggs for one or two. I even put it in my checked bag on a household go to to New Hampshire.
During these months of use, I’d say there have been two large takeaways.
First, I used to be anticipating this ceramic pan to be a dud, nevertheless it wasn’t. In truth, I can simply think about swapping out my T-fal nonstick for it with no regrets. At a little bit over a pound and a half, it is stable with out being too heavy for many and is snug to grip and maneuver. It’s significantly lighter than carbon metal and forged iron, pleasingly heftier and extra snug than most inexpensive pans. The inside rivets are coated and flush with the sidewall of the pan. Very importantly, I did not have points with sticking. As a bonus, it’s induction suitable, and whereas it’s a lot slower to warmth up than most different pans on my induction range, I now respect that “feature” as a strategy to defend the coating. After all these eggs and all that coast-to-coast touring, I observed solely the slightest bits of wear and tear proper on the sides, and provided that I appeared fastidiously.
Second, and this can be a excessive horse I will not dismount, if you are going to use a pan like this—one thing with a floor that can finally degrade, inflicting you to throw away the entire pan—deal with it with child gloves always. This is very vital since, by swapping to ceramic, we’re probably transferring towards one thing much less sturdy.
This means no excessive warmth on the range, no metallic utensils on the pan floor, no dishwasher, and no scratchy scrubbers. When it is not in use, cowl it with one thing—a plastic bag, a dish towel, a sizzling pad, no matter, particularly if you are going to stack it to retailer it. You may additionally take the additional step of turning it into an egg-only pan, utilizing it simply to your scrambles and sunny-side-up specials together with your sweetheart.
If you are fearful in regards to the surroundings and waste and are usually not able to decide to “walk on eggshells” ranges of look after pans like these, perhaps do not use them.
Fortunately, I’ve one other various to recommend, as Oxo has additionally put out a new line of carbon-steel pans that may take a beating and final many years. Before you say, “Hey, what’s with all the Oxo,” I’ll remind you that it’s an enormous, revered model with a number of sway, and it’s utilizing its weight to popularize two varieties of pans that might use a nudge.