Stainless Steel vs. Nonstick Cookware

Which type of cookware is better?  From our research and experience, stainless steel cookware is better overall; it sears the food faster and it helps you make great pan sauces. Nonstick on the other hand, lends itself to cooking the foods that have a tendency to stick to the pan and burn such as eggs, omelets, pancakes, grilled cheese, crepes, etc.

Watch this demonstration and convince yourself:

Stainless SteelNonstick
Durable    (usually lifetime)Durable if good quality
Non-reactiveSomewhat non-reactive
Food sticks sometimesFood does not stick
Bright inside (easy to see food)Dark inside (hard to see if  fond is forming)
HeavyLightweight
Looks beautifulNot very good looking
Great for pan saucesA good fond is difficult to achieve
Best overall cooking surfaceGood for low fat cooking, eggs, pancakes, etc

As you can see there is a pan for every thing. It’s all about using the right tool for your recipe.

We recommend: All-Clad Stainless 12″ Frying Pan with Lid

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  • 3-ply bonded stainless steel construction
  • Easy to clean 18/10 stainless steel interior
  • Solid cast stainless steel handles
  • Lifetime warranty

This skillet is the ideal combination of professional performance and dishwasher-safe cleaning.

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