Following up from my previous question, which I'd raised because I have concerns that my non-stick wok will need replacing very soon (again), and was having a think about "standard" pans.
I'm not currently interested in differences in care/cleaning/etc, I think those are quite well covered in other questions.
So, I'm wondering what's the difference in the required technique when using them to cook food?
The big thing that you you are going to see cooking in regular pans vs. non-stick is the addition of pan sauces to your table. It is almost impossible to get a pan sauce out of the non-sticks because they prevent the formation of fond in the pan. As for stick in a regular pan, it is not much of a concern for most items, but there are a few things that non-stick are invaluable for so I generally keep a cheap non-stick around for those. (Talking cepes and eggs, mostly) The biggest trick with regular pans is learning to stop messing with your food while it cooks. You want to let it form that crust which as a by-product will help prevent sticking. Also, you will find that you start at a higher tempature when cooking with regular pans.
You can get the benefits of both non-stick and fond by prepping the stainless steel pan so it's more non-stick:
Use the "water test" to know when a stainless steel pan is hot enough to add oil. Besides being fascinating to watch, passing the water test ensures the pan becomes amazingly non-stick.
When the pan is hot enough, water will ball up like mercury and slide around the pan without evaporating. The temperature required is pretty high, but I've found the non-stick properties remain if I add the oil and let the pan cool to the cooking temperature I want.
Note: preheating the pan like this applies to non-stainless steel pans, but water only balls up like mercury on stainless steel.
Detailed explanation of how/why this works: On properly heating your pan
Over the course of the last 4 years I think I seem to have been working my way through non-stick pans at a ridiculous rate, I think I'm on my 3rd frying pan and 4th wok - or something of that nature... wrong. I'm not using sharp or metallic objects when cooking with them, nor to I stick them in the sink with said sharp objects when clearning. I've recently learnt that "over-heating" them can damage the coating, but is this true? But, what other advice can you offer to help extend the life of my non-stick cookware?
I have an old set of nonstick aluminum pans that have gained scratches and lost their non-stick coating over the past several years. There's nothing physically wrong with them except for those few microns of Teflon that are flaking off. I'm wondering if I can scrub off the non-stick coating and season the pan as I do my cast iron skillet (coat with oil, then apply high heat in the oven). I'd... convincing or thorough. So - can I get that beautiful dark glossy patina on my aluminum pan, or is it destined to be a food magnet?
Hoping SA would clear some controversy. I was told that it's bad practice to put anodized non-stick pans in water immediately after cooking; as the water will cause it to degrade I argue that it's harder to clean after the fat has solidified. So does adding cold/hot water to hot non-stick anodized pan cause the surface to deteriorate and thus losing it's non-stick abilities?
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