Williams Sonoma has long been the standard for excellent cooking tools. If you’re looking for a new frying pan or want to give a gift to a newly married couple that will last for years, this is the store to shop.
Best Pans for Carnivores
If you’re buying this as a gift, find out the recipients cooking style. Do they eat meat, or are the predominantly vegetarian? There are many pieces of cast iron cookware, such as the Le Creuset Enameled Frying Pan, that will get better with age in a carnivorous household. Cast iron offers many benefits, such as the ability to hold heat no matter what you toss in it, but it needs fat to maintain a coating or finish.
It’s important to note that cast iron takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you learned to cook on non-stick. The process of adding oil to your foods can be different between these very different surfaces. If you find that everything sticks on cast iron, consider tossing the food you plan to cook in a bit of oil before adding it to the pan.
Le Creuset enameled cast iron is designed to last for years and is meant to be shown off. Because cast iron holds heat so well, you can use this pan to bring food to the table with a flourish!
Vegetarian-Friendly Cookware Choices
If the intended recipient is a vegetarian, or just cooks a lot of veggies, the Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick PRO Deep Fry Pan may be a better option, as it won’t be at risk of losing the “season” required to keep a cast iron frying pan working well for years. This pain offers cooks both the security of the Le Creuset name and the helper handle opposite the long handle for easy transport from stove to table top or from cooktop to oven.
While many frying pans are shallow, this pain is quite deep. It’s a bit larger than a standard non-stick and has a greater volume. If someone is just starting out in a new home, this pan can be used to sauté, in place of a wok, or just as an everyday pan.
Consider the Cooktop
If your intended recipient (and don’t forget yourself in this burst of generosity!) has an induction cooktop, you can still find non-stick cookware to serve. The quality of All-Clad means that the user of these non-stick induction ready frying pans will enjoy years of durability and excellent quality. This set includes an 8, 10 and 12 inch frying pan, and the largest also comes with a helper handle opposite the long handle for safe transport.
Like any non-stick pans, you’ll need to use the right utensils to keep the cooking surface from getting damaged. Additionally, as these are induction-friendly, these pans will be heavier than the standard anodized aluminum non-stick. However, for durability and great looks, these non-sticks are an ideal set.
Stainless All The Way
There are many cooks that are not comfortable with non-stick cookware. In that case, consider the copper core stainless steel layered pan from All-Clad. You can enjoy the durability of stainless steel and the high heat conductivity of copper, all in one extremely durable pan that will last for years.
Your copper core pan goes right in the dishwasher and is an easy tool to clean up. Take care to use a bit of Barkeeper’s Friend on any darkened areas, and it will come out good as new!
Copper is Gorgeous
There are few things more beautiful in the kitchen than a hanging copper pot, polished and shining. Copper is also an excellent heat conductor and one of the best ways to cook at high heat without suffering hot spots that cause intermittent burning.
That being said, copper cookware can be labor-intensive if you mean to display it. However, if you can polish it every two to three uses, you can keep it looking terrific for years to come.
If you choose to invest in copper cookware, makes sure that the copper cladding is secure and thick enough to stand the test of time. Current review indicate that the Mauviel Copper 150b Fry Pan is a great choice. If you regularly throw pans in the dishwasher, don’t get copper. It needs more TLC.
Consider Ceramic Non-Stick
If you’re concerned about Teflon toxins, it’s important to remember that Teflon off-gases at over 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For cooks that only use frying pans on the cooktop, this isn’t a hard temperature to avoid.
However, if you do like to finish your food in the oven, consider ceramic non-stick. These products are thought to have a higher heat tolerance, so make sure to get a pan with an all-metal construction, as silicone handle covers and lid seals won’t survive more than 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to a higher heat tolerance, ceramic non-stick pans come in a wide variety of colors, both inside and outside the pan.
The low-profile SCANPAN Pro IQ Nonstick 2-Piece Fry Pan Set is an ideal choice for most any cook. These pans are lightweight, very easy to clean up, metal-utensil friendly and usable on any cooktop. These pans will move easily from the cooktop to right under the broiler for a nice finish.
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to make great food in cheap cookware. One good pan can make cooking a joy and an adventure every time you fire up the stove. Make sure to get pans that work with your cooking style and your cooktop. Williams Sonoma frying pans will make cooking a joy for years.