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Post  boffer on 12/16/2010, 1:41 pm

Can anybody recommend these? 9.5 and 11 inch non-stick frying pans

http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Range-Stainless-Steel-Nonstick/dp/B000140W1C

I'm bidding on two pair on a local online auction. I'm currently at a $100 a pair. Amazon sells the pair for $420.

Are they worth paying more for?

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Post  middlemamma on 12/16/2010, 1:48 pm

Sorry Boffer...I have no idea...wish I could help.

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Post  LaFee on 12/16/2010, 2:47 pm

Don't think you'll be disappointed - Viking is best known for their cast stoves (oooh-er, they're absolutely gorgeous)..

They're not really known for their cookware, but they have enough riding on the calibre of the brand name that I'm pretty sure they're pretty good, especially if they've convinced Thomas Keller to hawk it.

For the gold standard as far as hard-core cooks and chefs are concerned, look for All-Clad or Calphalon.

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Post  Megan on 12/16/2010, 6:29 pm

I read reviews on Cook's Illustrated regularly, and have never noticed/remembered Viking being mentioned with regard to pans.

Looking again, for non-stick, they are recommending T-Fal Professional Total Nonstick Fry Pan, 12.5 inches. But the reviews are for INEXPENSIVE pans, not expensive ones.

A good frypan should have a thick bottom, and any cladding should come at least partway up the sides, if not all the way. As long as you're not buying an omelet pan, the edges should roll up fairly quickly.... and the handle should be easy to grasp.

The reviews I've read on non-stick pans seem to indicate that price is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of the non-stick. It has a finite lifetime that more money does not seem to affect too much. So, you might be better off buying several, cheaper pans in succession rather than blowing a lot of money on an expensive one that may have a similar/only-slightly-longer lifespan than one of the cheaper ones.

All that said, the Viking pans are probably fairly well made and should beat the stuffing out of anything you could pick up at Walmart. I would NOT pay $400 for a pair, though, due to the lifespan of the coating. (A Le Creuset cast iron pan set with enamel coating... I might. As long as you don't crack the enamel on them, those are pans your great-great-grandkids will be fighting over.)

My $0.02 only, nor do I work for any of the afore-mentioned companies.

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Post  ander217 on 12/16/2010, 7:10 pm

I agree with Megan. When the finish on nonstick pans becomes scratched they should not be used, so personally I wouldn't spend a lot of money on any brand of non-stick pan.

You can have my stainless steel All-clad when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers.

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Post  Megan on 12/16/2010, 9:26 pm

Yes, I finally got some stainless All-Clad, I'm with you on that one!!! Twisted Evil

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Post  ander217 on 12/17/2010, 10:59 am

I couldn't afford to buy a set of All-clad so I asked my family to give me money instead of gifts for birthday and Christmas to save for good quality pans. I saved the money until I'd get enough for one pan and I'd watch for sales on the 'net. Over the past few years I've managed to get two fry pans, a saute pan, two saucepans and also a Le Creuset 6 3/4-qt. oval dutch oven. That's pretty much all I need, and I use most of them daily. My only squawk against the All-clad are the rivets at the handle which are hard to clean.

My kids loved telling their friends they were sending their mom money for her "pot" fund.

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Post  boffer on 12/17/2010, 11:33 am

@ander217 wrote:My kids loved telling their friends they were sending their mom money for her "pot" fund.
Razz

Thanks everyone. I think the bottom line, that I had forgotten, is that non-stick pans have a finite lifespan. I'll sit on my bid; auction ends Sunday. Truth is, I'm not a good enough cook to appreciate high end cookware.

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Post  LaFee on 12/17/2010, 11:47 am

You'd be amazed at the improvement of your level of cooking when given a good set (not an expensive set, mind...my solid-core SS cookware came from Macy's. On sale...and it's awesome).

You burn less, things cook more evenly..it makes a HUGE difference.

Things are always easier if you have the right tools for the job.

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Post  Megan on 12/17/2010, 10:34 pm

@LaFee wrote:You'd be amazed at the improvement of your level of cooking when given a good set (not an expensive set, mind...my solid-core SS cookware came from Macy's. On sale...and it's awesome).

You burn less, things cook more evenly..it makes a HUGE difference.

Things are always easier if you have the right tools for the job.

Amen to that, LaFee. A heat diffuser on your heating element works wonders, too.

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Post  boffer on 12/17/2010, 10:37 pm

I've always felt at a disadvantage having an electric stove rather than gas. What heat diffuser do you recommend?

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Post  Megan on 12/17/2010, 10:44 pm

@boffer wrote:I've always felt at a disadvantage having an electric stove rather than gas. What heat diffuser do you recommend?

Ugh, I can sympathize with that one... Electric stoves can be a challenge to cook on, but a heat diffuser certainly can help.

It's marketed as a heat diffuser. It's basically a round, heavy metal plate made for the purpose that lives on top of your burner. Be VERY careful to make sure that it is a diffuser, as there are decorative burner covers sold which look similar (they just cover up the burner while it's off and will catch on fire if you try to use it as a diffuser.)

For you, search on Amazon for "heat diffuser for electric stove" will get you proper hits, but I would read carefully to make sure the individual search result is correct.


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Post  boffer on 12/17/2010, 10:49 pm

My mistake, I guess. You were recommending a diffuser for a gas stove?

I've never seen a cooking show on TV where they used anything but gas. In my entire adult life, I've never lived in a house or apartment that had gas!

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Post  Megan on 12/17/2010, 10:53 pm

@boffer wrote:My mistake, I guess. You were recommending a diffuser for a gas stove?

I've never seen a cooking show on TV where they used anything but gas. In my entire adult life, I've never lived in a house or apartment that had gas!

No, actually, I was recommending diffusers, period. Gas or electric, a diffuser can help, especially if you don't have heavy bottomed pans. But even now that I do, I still use one.

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Post  boffer on 12/20/2010, 2:05 am

So...I dropped out of the bidding for the pans. Each pair ended up going for $260.

Instead, I found something else that I didn't know I needed! A 48 inch Jenn-Air stainless steel range hood, with twin turbo fans guaranteed to pull the fillings out of your teeth, plus food warming lamps and quartz landing lights. It turned out to be a much better deal than the pans.

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Post  LaFee on 12/20/2010, 3:01 am

wooooooo.....now THAT makes me drool.

No worries, Boffer, I've cooked on electric almost my entire life, and have now made a reputation on two continents for my cooking (favourable, by the way) Razz

Gas responds immediately -- you turn down the flame under a boiling pot, and the heat stops immediately...and that's why the pros like it.

I now have a glass-top solid-surface electric cooktop, and I really like it. It's more responsive than a coil-element range, so I tend to not boil things over as often as I did with a coil range (I'm way too good at multitasking...)

Jenn-Air is a very highly-regarded name, so no worries there.

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Post  outsideasy on 12/20/2010, 3:37 pm

boffer, my favorite pans are cast iron, they were handed down from my Grandmother to my Mom to me, I also have some new Lodge iron too. Not expensive but cook evenly and clean like non stick.
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Post  ander217 on 12/20/2010, 4:57 pm

Oh, yes, I love Lodge cast iron, too. I have several sizes of skillets, (some inherited, two were wedding gifts), a large saucepan, dutch oven, a chicken fryer, and a cornstick pan which I inherited from my grandmother. I have specific uses for them, especially frying or outdoor cooking, but I do most of my regular cooking now in All-clad.

Lodge also now offers a line of enamel-coated pans much like Le Creuset, but I haven't tried them or seen any reviews about them.

I was told at my wedding shower in 1974 that iron skillets work very well at keeping hubbies in line, too. Twisted Evil

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Post  Megan on 12/20/2010, 6:20 pm

@boffer wrote:Instead, I found something else that I didn't know I needed! A 48 inch Jenn-Air stainless steel range hood, with twin turbo fans guaranteed to pull the fillings out of your teeth, plus food warming lamps and quartz landing lights. It turned out to be a much better deal than the pans.

Ooooh, I am SO jealous! bounce Smile

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