Pros: convenient for small amounts of heating and cooking
I've been looking to replace my small saute pan for a few months. While at many stores I would check all the non-stick pans available and did not find one that was the right price with the right size. Each store may carry different brands. T-Fal may not be found at all Kitchen Houseware Departments.
Since I've had T-Fal pans for a very long time. I always keep 2 on hand for different uses. The larger one is used mostly when I'm making something for 2 people. I must have this small one for those times I have the need for cooking something for 1 person or sauteing anything that requires a small pan.
I lucked out on my last trip to Marshalls. While walking by the housewares' section I glanced over the non-stick pans and there it was just what I wanted. The price was $8.99 whereas other stores had this size for $14.99 but they were not T-Fal. I favor T-Fal if I can find the right type.
Non-stick pans don't last very long. I usually like to replace them when the inside starts to show the metal. Even though I use plastic or wooden utensils, the surface still wears off and I try to find a replacement before I have to throw it out. Many stores sell teflon coated pans of different makes and styles with varying prices but they don't all last as long. I've had good luck with T-Fal products.
Easy care Non-Stick Pans
This saute pan is slightly different from the one I replaced. The ridge is curved and coated. I noticed the bottom is not as wide but it's slightly taller. The handle is one inch longer and has the brand name on the handle. This is to my advantage. This handle is much better designed for lifting with a non-slip material. The outside is a gray color.
This saute pan is suitable for all cooking types such as gas, electric and ceramics. It is made of stainless steel disc base which makes it 20 times more resistant to warping.
The coating ingredient for this T-FAL is PTFE which is the type of teflon used for non-stick products).
Use and Care
There are lengthy instructions on the cardboard that was attached to the pan for the use, care, cautions, warranty and recommendations.
Naturally before first use I wash it with soapy hot water and after each use. If you wash in a dishwasher, you should read the "Cautions" in the label that came with the pan. I always use the proper burner size for the pan. It is recommended not to let the pan boil dry. If using gas, it should not be allowed to climb up the sides of the pan. This pan is not suitable for microwave use.
Before I begin to cook in this pan, I preheat it. When the pattern "Thermo-Spot" in the center of the pan disappears, the pan is properly heated and ready for use. While it's preheating, I don't walk away from the stove. All is needed is a touch of butter or oil for flavor when using this. Since it's non-stick it will wash with ease and foods will not stick to the pan.
Are fumes of non stick cookware hazardous?
If any cookware is allowed to overheats causing fumes to develop, it will not adversely affect humans or household pets with the exception of some birds with sensitive respiratory systems. This caution is listen on the back with CAUTIONS.
I use this size 8 1/4" pan for scrambling 2 eggs, warming a small amount of leftover food and making 1 pancake. This small pan has many uses. Some foods I'd rather not use a microwave since it may dehydrate the food and change the texture. It's been very useful to me for various cooking of small amounts.
There is a LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY, but you best save the cardboard since it gives the information needed. I don't find it necessary to keep it for the small cost to replace it.
This saute pan is listed at $17.99 at Amazon.com.