When to Use Stainless Steel vs. Non Stick Frying Pans

Learn when it’s best to use Stainless Steel and Non Stick Frying Pans in this all-encompassing guide.

  • Team Made In
  • Mar 29, 2021
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The debate over whether Stainless Steel Frying Pans or Non Stick Frying Pans are better is  always a top of mind question for those shopping for cookware. However, we believe that each one has its place in the kitchen. In this article, we are going to discuss the differences between stainless steel vs. non stick cookware so you can choose the right material for all your recipes.

The Case for Non Stick:

Non Stick Cookware, whether a Frying Pan, Saute Pan, or Saucepan is a wonderful tool to have in the kitchen. Our Non Stick Cookware is made without PFOA and features a PTFE coating, which lasts 70x longer than “ceramic pans,” and is entirely non-toxic. They clean up in a matter of seconds and require very little care to ensure that they last a long time.

Non Stick Pans are great at cooking delicate items, such as eggs, pancakes, crepes, delicate fish, and risotto. Since these foods have the tendency to stick to either Stainless Steel or Carbon Steel Pans, our Non Stick Pans’ releasability is key to ensuring these foods aren’t ruined.

You will even see our Non Stick Frying Pans in professional kitchens. That’s because our Non Stick Frying Pans are the highest quality. Featuring a 5-ply Stainless Clad body, which has exceptional durability and responsiveness to heat, and two layers of PTFE coating, they are durable, and worthy of a spot of the world’s best restaurants as well as your own.

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The Case for Stainless Steel:

Professional and home cooks alike love Stainless Steel Cookware because of its ability to perform at higher temperatures than non stick pans. Our Stainless Clad Frying Pan is oven safe up to 800F so you can sear or brown proteins and get a beautiful crisp texture every single time.  Stainless Steel Pans are also very durable and will generally be resistant to scratches and dents. You can cook just about anything in our Stainless Steel Pans if you follow proper heat control technique.

Made In was founded on our American-made Stainless Steel Pans. They feature a 5-ply construction, meaning that they are made from 5 different layers consisting of 4 unique metals. This cladding structure ensures even, consistent, and responsive heating, which provides you with ultimate control over how your food cooks. Our handles feature a stay-cool design, so you can comfortably cook without having to worry about burning your hand. Since these pans are the backbone of hundreds of professional kitchens around the world, we know they will be there for you and all of your favorite recipes.

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Choosing between Stainless Steel cookware and Non Stick Cookware is not an either-or decision. Non Stick, while more forgiving and easier to cook with, should be used for low-fat and delicate foods and Stainless should be used for virtually everything else. You don't have to make a definitive choice between Stainless Steel or Non Stick Cookware either. Make the effort to expand your collection and learn to work with both Non Stick Steel and Stainless Steel to take your cooking to a whole new level. Our Starter Set is the perfect place to start, as it features both our Non Stick Frying Pan and Stainless Clad Frying Pan.

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