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  #1643162 30-Sep-2016 10:17
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I've used circulon for a few years, but I like to cook everything really hot, so the surface is done within a couple of years. Everything sticks to it now. I've decided nothing non-stick will last, so I just buy Tefal frying pans from briscoes when they're 50% off, use them until they fail, toss them out and buy a new one. This model claims to have a surface that lasts longer, but I have one called platinum or something. These pans with super non-stick coatings aren't so good for things like steak, there's no browning as such, circulon are better for that.


Even circulon aren't that expensive on sale, so just buy 'em, cook 'em hot, and replace when needed.


I'd try cast iron or something but I suspect everything would stick to that.



Watch out for non-stick pans that use Teflon coatings these tend give off fumes when heated to high temperature. Apparently can kill a budgie and make pets sick, don't know if that's true. 


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  #1643184 30-Sep-2016 10:44
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I don't use non-stick for anything high temperature.


Cast iron I find OK on the induction. If seasoned nothing sticks to it.  It heats well, but the heat doesn't spread laterally that fast so matching pan shape to element shape is important. 


Stainless steel heats fast and evenly but can be very sticky if you don't get the temperature just right.  I've put oiled chicken in an oiled stainless pan and had it stick! I've read you can season stainless with coconut oil and after this it is non-stick.  I've also read that you can use a few drops of water to tell when stainless is at the correct temperature fro non-stick cooking.  Supposedly at the correct temperature, water will form rounded mobile beads. 


My sister is a chef and she is big fan of plain old carbon steel, kept well seasoned.  I have a enamel coated carbon steel paella pan and that goes very well on the induction but too thin for serious heat.




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  #1643248 30-Sep-2016 11:51
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Last weekend, Briscoes had a Masterchef wok on special.


Has anyone tried one?


I'm thinking of buying one next time they are on special smile

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