Doing some research about nine months ago, we came to realize how detrimental nonstick pans are for our health. So we decided to come up with an alternative. Especially when I began to see how the teflon was coming off and ending up in our food!
I looked around – notice I did not say “shopped around” since we are 1 1/2 hours away from major retail outlets – and we found some tri-ply pans on Amazon. These have three layers like this: stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel. I know stainless steel is not the ultimate healthy option, but it beats the nonstick stuff any day.
I love these pans!
It took a bit of time to learn how to use these, as well as clean them. My pans are the 8 and 12-inch by Emeril and I found them on Amazon. However, I recently realized they are no longer available on Amazon. (See bottom of post for alternatives)
I have learned to use these pans for so much, including frying steaks, eggs, and vegetables. We use these almost every school morning for either scrambled eggs, sausages or fried eggs. I also love to use these for Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Quesadillas! When you fry them in butter, they turn out so crispy and buttery. Delicious.
Probably my favorite way to use these is to saute vegetables! Turn the heat up high, add in your butter or coconut oil and throw in the sliced veggies. Plus,they smell scrumptious while they’re cooking!
I’ve had to learn to use more fat to fry food with. You can’t just spray it with your cooking spray and throw in your food. Especially when cooking scrambled eggs.
Scrambled eggs took me quite a few tries before getting them done without sticking so badly to the pan. The key is to get your butter or fat melted and coat the bottom of the pan before adding in your eggs. Even then, with all the stirring of scrambled eggs, I still have some that stick to the bottom.
But that is where my little rubber scraper thingy from Pampered Chef comes in handy! If you have ever purchased any stoneware from Pampered Chef, you will have also received the scraper that comes with it. I received some stoneware for one of my bridal showers almost 16 years ago. While I personally did not like the stoneware and eventually traded it with someone, I kept one of the scrapers. And am I ever glad I did!
They work awesome at scraping off cooked-on eggs! Once breakfast is done and all the rest of the dishes are in the dishwasher, I run some hot tap water into my saute pan and let it sit in the sink while I run the kids to school.
By the time I get home from school, my eggs have softened somewhat and I can then scrape them off easily. Once they are scraped off, sometimes I will squirt some soap in with hot water and use the scrubby to scrub off the rest of the eggs. Some days it only needs hot water and a scrubby. Only takes a minute or two and they are clean!
I wish the Emeril saute pans were still available on Amazon, but I’ve found a couple that are similar to the ones I have (although they cost a little more). Mine have a flared rim for easy pouring – which I LOVE! It’s a snap to pour the sauteed vegetables straight from the saute pan into their serving dish at suppertime.
Two similar pans:
One more great feature:
With a pretty apron on, these pans
make you feel like you are hosting your own cooking show!
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