I saw a large All-Clad frying pan, maybe 12 inches or larger at a Salvation Army store today. It had some kind of coating on it which I presumed was non-stick. The pan needed cleaning. Now my usual method for cleaning stainless steel is to put it in a plastic bag and add a little ammonia. The pans almost wipe clean in the morning. But if that is a non-stick coating the ammonia may make it peel off. So I am wondering if I should buy the pan. It only costs 12.99. Does anyone own an all-clad like this? Is it a non-stick coating or something else? I think even if it is non-stick and the ammonia makes it come off I could end up with a pretty good stainless pan that is not non-stick. What do you think?
Man did I get a deal. I decided to take your advice and went to buy the pan. When I got to the store I discovered that I was mistaken about the price. They only wanted 10.99. So I took the pan up to the register and they charged me 5.50 plus tax. It seems they were having a blue tag special! I got the pan home, washed it and fried an egg. It worked just fine even though the surface of the interior of the pan is a little bunged up. So now I am going to put it in a bag with ammonia to clean the stainless steel and pray that the non-stick coating doesn't come off. I love second hand stores. I got a $160.00 pan for less than $6.00!!