T-fal E93808 Professional Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Nonstick Skillet, 12.5-Inch
Last updated date: July 28, 2020
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Healthy cooks will appreciate the lead, cadmium and PFOA construction on the T-fal Professional Nonstick Fry Skillet. Equally suited to induction or regular stovetop cooking, it features both a scratch-resistant coating and a secure handle. A "Thermo-Spot" that glows to indicate pre-heating is a great extra touch. In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the T-fal T-fal Professional Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Nonstick Skillet, 12.5-Inch placed 9th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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T-fal Nonstick Fry Pan, Professional 12-Inch Nonstick Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator, Black, Model E93808. Be prepared for almost any culinary adventure with T-fal Professional nonstick cookware. The cookware’s innovative Thermo-Spot heat-indicator technology ensures properly pre-heated pans—a must when it comes to sealing in juices and flavor. When the pattern in the center turns to a solid red spot, the pan is hot and ready to cook. The cookware’s heavy-gauge aluminum construction provides fast, even heating, while stainless-steel warp-resistant bases make the cookware compatible with any cooktop, including induction. PFOA-, Lead-, and Cadmium-free, the cookware’s ProMetal nonstick interior offers exceptional strength and scratch resistance (safe for use with metal utensils), and it requires little to no fat or oil, which allows for healthier cooking, effortless food release, and quick cleanup. The cookware’s riveted silicone handles stay cool to the touch for a secure, comfortable grip, and its vented tempered-glass lids with cool-touch handles trap in heat and moisture and make it easy to monitor the cooking process. Wide and shallow, the T-fal Professional 12-inch fry pan works well for frying, browning, searing, sautéing, and more—everything from breakfast fare to delicious dinner entrees. Dishwasher-safe and oven safe up to 400 degrees F, T-fal Professional cookware offers exceptional versatility and ultra-convenient everyday use.
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An Overview On Skillets
If your kitchen were a chessboard, the skillet would be your queen. A nice, deep skillet can do just about anything: sauté, stir-fry, braising, roasting. If it’s made of cast iron or similar materials, you can even add oven-roasting and baking to that list.
While any good skillet will be versatile, the material it’s made with is going to determine its specialties. Take the classic cast iron skillet. Everybody’s grandparents have one in their kitchen, for good reason. These weighty workhorses cook steak like nothing else, and — with a little TLC — are durable enough to handle thousands of meals on the stove or in the oven before getting passed on to the kids.
At the other end of the cooking spectrum, you have the nonstick pan. Lightweight and handy, these are typically made of quick-heating aluminum coated with a nonstick polymer that makes it a breeze to clean. They’re best for a nice plate of eggs or fish filet — soft foods that won’t abrade the surface.
In the sweet spot between the two is your stainless steel skillet. Steel is a great metal for retaining heat and distributing it evenly, making it the go-to choice for sauces, stir-fry, chicken, rice and a host of other everyday dishes. It’s also got natural nonstick properties, making it relatively easy to clean. In many cases, you’ll find skillets that are layered with an interior core of aluminum are ideal. The idea here is that aluminum heats up quicker, and then transfers that heat to the sturdier outer layer of steel.
In a nutshell, the meals you make are going to determine the skillet you need. That’s why most households have at least two options: a nonstick for quick morning omelets and a cast iron or stainless steel pan for meats, veggies and other dinner staples.
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While it’s hard to trace the origins of the frying pan or skillet, the earliest examples of the cookware could be found in old Mesopotamia. Most early versions of pans were made from copper — a capable enough conductor of heat if you don’t mind the low-level copper poisoning that came with it. While that was probably not the biggest problem on the mind of a 3rd-century chef, today’s copper cookware comes with a protective coating that takes that worry away.
The Skillet Buying Guide
- Using your skillet properly will not only result in better food in the short term, but a longer-lasting piece of cookware. Cast iron skillets can stand up to just about anything temperature-wise, but you’ll need to season it to get the most out of it. That involves coating it with a super-thin layer of oil and letting it bake in at high heat, a process that not only protects against rust but imparts a stick-resistant coating. Some cast-iron skillets come pre-seasoned, but a touch-up dab of oil every once in a while will help keep it protected.
- Nonstick skillets require a lot less care, and that’s half the point. Just make sure you don’t put it through more than it was designed for. Most nonstick options aren’t safe for oven use, and even those that are have a max temperature that you’ll want to make sure not to exceed.
- Cleaning your skillet also requires a little adjustment, depending on the material. Soap will actually wear away the seasoning on cast iron, but a decent one will actually clean off easier than you’d think with hot water and a brush. Just don’t put it in the dishwasher, or let it soak in water. Most nonstick skillets are dishwasher safe, but be sure to use a plastic brush that won’t abrade the polymer coating when washing by hand.
- The weight of a skillet is something to consider long-term. Cast iron sounds heavy, and it usually is — especially with a pan full of steak. Older cooks might find it unwieldy enough to consider a stainless steel model instead.
- The material of the handle is just as important as the base. Most skillets have a handle that’s made from a separate piece attached to the pan — ideally with rivets, which will hold longer than screws or bolts. A silicone-coated or wood handle will keep the coolest, no matter what’s cooking.
- Check the base, especially if you’re cooking on an induction stovetop. Induction coils use an electromagnetic field that won’t work on sufficiently ferrous pans. Any pan with a metal base will do, and most will indicate if they’re induction-compatible.
- Will you be whipping up a lot of sauces? Look for a skillet with a rolled lip that makes it easier to pour out the contents. Shaking up some stir-fry? Straight-edged lips are best at holding in the ingredients.