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Old 03-28-2011, 11:01 PM   #31
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I like teflon frying pans for chicken breasts marinated in honey & garlic, no matter what ss always sticks for me.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:26 AM   #32
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It is only easily scratched if you do not treat it right (using metal utensils in it). If you treat it right it will not scratch.
While I grant you that that may be true of good quality non-stick, it isn't true of all.

I lived in Sri Lanka 8 years and bought non-stick/Teflon there a few times. I know how to treat it properly, including never let metal anywhere near it. The non-stick stuff there still bubbles, peels, scratches, falls off anyway. It's awful. It's also a fact of life there that teflon will do that and everyone knows it. It does not last.

It's also possible, perhaps even likely, that the factory rejects were sent to Sri Lanka.
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:02 AM   #33
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While I grant you that that may be true of good quality non-stick, it isn't true of all.

I lived in Sri Lanka 8 years and bought non-stick/Teflon there a few times. I know how to treat it properly, including never let metal anywhere near it. The non-stick stuff there still bubbles, peels, scratches, falls off anyway. It's awful. It's also a fact of life there that teflon will do that and everyone knows it. It does not last.

It's also possible, perhaps even likely, that the factory rejects were sent to Sri Lanka.
Lesser quality product can and will be scratched by just about anything and everything you put to it. It's sort of ridiculous.
If you are going to buy Teflon for your kitchen...might as well spend a little cash on it
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:22 AM   #34
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Lesser quality product can and will be scratched by just about anything and everything you put to it. It's sort of ridiculous.
If you are going to buy Teflon for your kitchen...might as well spend a little cash on it
The stuff I'm talking about includes internationally recognized brands that did cost a fair bit. Couldn't tell by looking at it that it was subpar. And yet...

I had one teflon pan that bubbled noticeably the first time I used it. It happens.

ETA: Point being that brands and/or money spent is not always an indication of quality.
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The stuff I'm talking about includes internationally recognized brands that did cost a fair bit. Couldn't tell by looking at it that it was subpar. And yet...

I had one teflon pan that bubbled noticeably the first time I used it. It happens.

ETA: Point being that brands and/or money spent is not always an indication of quality.
No, not always, hence why reading product reviews from trusted sources is always wise. Granted I spent roughly 10 bucks on restaurant quality non stick cookware while others spend like 35 for the same thing..but in general, the basic consumer grade stuff that stands up, tends to run a bit more...people tend to spend less and expect some sort of great response.
I know people who have spent mad cash on a brand that every review was "meh" at best but after I went and was like "ok seriously..stop replacing pans, go buy a T-Fal, wash it and treat it like this and carry on" it was fine... so your point is only true hit and miss..there is always exceptions.
my point being...know your product before you buy it.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:49 AM   #36
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The stuff I'm talking about includes internationally recognized brands that did cost a fair bit. Couldn't tell by looking at it that it was subpar. And yet...

I had one teflon pan that bubbled noticeably the first time I used it. It happens.

ETA: Point being that brands and/or money spent is not always an indication of quality.
While I currently invest in one piece of quality cookware every two or three months, I think it's interesting that the most useful pot I have is also the oldest (15+ years) and what I consider my "go to" pot whenever I need some dish in a hurry. It's a 1-quart Wear-Ever non-stick pot without a lid. It has a few scratches in the bottom from ex's abuse, but the rest is still in great condition. It uses a "Silverstone-like" coating that has never flaked or worn thin, and using only wooden or plastic utensils has helped. There's no heavy heat diffuser on the bottom, it's all the same thickness, and the outside is some enamel-like non-stick glazing that wipes clean with a damp dish cloth. So when I want some instant potatoes, oatmeal, rice, reheated gravy or any other mundane dish, that's the pot I nearly always use.

It was probably less than $10 US when it was new, but I wouldn't sell it for anything now. It's like an old, reliable friend.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:45 AM   #37
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I remember a roommate having a really hard time with nonstick cookware. She went through set after set of T-fal, only to find out that Electrosol dishwasher detergent was the culprit. I remember seeing one brand actually recommending against using Electrosol with their cookware, it was too harsh.

After switching, she had no other problems.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #38
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I have never known of any non stick cookware that was dishwasher safe.
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I have never known of any non stick cookware that was dishwasher safe.
I don't think that it is recommended. I won't buy cookware that can't be thrown in the dishwasher. I have a wearever skillet that I have used for over a decade that survives the dishwasher quite well, luckily!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:21 AM   #40
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I have never known of any non stick cookware that was dishwasher safe.

For the past ten years, I have been using a 3-skillet, non-stick set I bought for $23. I regularly put them in the DW. If it's causing damage, It's not evident.
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