As my pro-level-home-cook buddy Shannon says, “I can’t think about doing severe 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 Skilled Non-Stick 8-Inch Frypan, folding it into my every day kitchen testing and residential cooking. (I additionally had a bigger 10-inch model however barely used it so I might 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 had been as much as the problem, and that small pan measurement labored very nicely for eggs for one or two. I even put it in my checked bag on a household go to to New Hampshire.
Throughout these months of use, I might say there have been two massive takeaways.
First, I used to be anticipating this ceramic pan to be a dud, however it wasn’t. In truth, I can simply think about swapping out my T-fal nonstick for it with no regrets. At a bit of over a pound and a half, it is stable with out being too heavy for many and is comfy to grip and maneuver. It is significantly lighter than carbon metal and forged iron, pleasingly heftier and extra comfy 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 appropriate, and whereas it’s a lot slower to warmth up than most different pans on my induction range, I now recognize that “function” as a solution to shield the coating. In any case these eggs and all that coast-to-coast touring, I seen solely the slightest bits of damage proper on the sides, and provided that I seemed fastidiously.
Second, and it is a excessive horse I will not dismount, if you are going to use a pan like this—one thing with a floor that can ultimately degrade, inflicting you to throw away the entire pan—deal with it with child gloves always. That is particularly necessary since, by swapping to ceramic, we’re doubtless transferring towards one thing much less sturdy.
This implies no excessive warmth on the range, no steel 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 scorching pad, no matter, particularly if you are going to stack it to retailer it. You possibly can additionally take the additional step of turning it into an egg-only pan, utilizing it simply in your scrambles and sunny-side-up specials together with your sweetheart.
For those who’re fearful in regards to the atmosphere and waste and are usually not able to decide to “stroll on eggshells” ranges of look after pans like these, possibly do not use them.
Thankfully, I’ve one other different to counsel, as Oxo has additionally put out a brand new line of carbon-steel pans that may take a beating and final a long time. Earlier than you say, “Hey, what’s with all of the Oxo,” I will remind you that it’s a giant, revered model with lots of sway, and it’s utilizing its weight to popularize two forms of pans that would use a nudge.