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Old 11-10-2006, 06:08 AM   #11
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All right now! My education is obviously incomplete. What are milk pans?!!

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Old 11-10-2006, 06:13 AM   #12
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LOL,Gretchen, little saucepans with a pouring spout, I guess they are so called because they were at some point mainly used for heating and then pouring milk. Mine get used for lots of things though!

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Old 11-10-2006, 06:57 AM   #13
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I have had my Calphalon non stick pans for about 5 years now and they are in near perfect condition. They get used frequently and sometimes abused (not be me of course). They have often been used on high heat even though that is not recommended. One pan has a scratch that happened early on (maybe 4.5 years ago) and it has not affected the performance of the pan in the least. The scratch, even though it is deep and long, has never gotten any worse and food has never stuck to it. I expect that I will get as many years out of these pans as I want to get.
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:38 AM   #14
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All-Clad bonds thousands of minute metal beads to thier cooking surface just tall enough to reach through the surface of thier nonstick coating so in effect you are will not wear out thier nonstick surface as fast as some others. Some say because of this thier nonstick surface isn't as slick and a pure teflon surface.

Circulon claims thier high/low nonstick coating to be the longest lasting of all the nonstick surfaces.

Others add material such as titanium to thier nonstick coatings to reduce ware.

Calphalon has thier new Calphalon One Infused which they claim to be the best there ever was. They also offer a line of Calphalon One Infused nonstick.

I have one of the Calphalon One nonstick 10" everyday pans but havn't used it that much so far.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:35 PM   #15
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I have a set of Emerilware non-stick that's doing just fine. 4-1/2 years now and not a blemish on any of the pieces, even the 10" frying pan that gets used almost daily. How long it lasts is totally dependent on starting quality (not necessarily cost), how often you use it and how well you treat it. I never overheat an empty pan, never use anything but wood or plastic (or silicone now) utensils, and always hand wash... no dishwasher.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:48 PM   #16
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RP, I probably have the same set as you, and mine's doing fine as well. I have to confess to throwing a piece or two into the DW when I was particularly lazy about the washing up, but I have not used anything but wooden or silicone utensils (I like them better anyway) in them so I must be forgiven.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:56 PM   #17
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Our last purchase of teflon skillet was about 3 and half ago, we went for the teflon platinum. It costed a little more but it is still in perfect shape after taking a whole lot of "beating", while the cheaper one never lasted more than a couple of years without peeling.
If you do go for non stick, you should consider ones with higher grade. I will be worth your investment.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:36 PM   #18
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Wow, this is great info. Thanks everyone for pitching in! I'm notorious for cooking things in my non-stick on high. My favorite little frying pan that I usually use for omlettes is now dead. I went to Ross and bought a replacement, about the same size and payed about 13 bucks. Hopefully this one will last. Most of my frying pans are nonstick but I think I will go look for a SS one. Then I can cook on high to my hearts content.
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Old 11-11-2006, 02:43 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by skilletlicker
In my experience 5 years is about par for the ones with a lifetime warranty.
Please forgive the quote of my own words but I want to elaborate for anyone in similar circumstances.

Several years ago, a good-hearted woman gave me the opportunity to start my own household. The unfurnished apartment came with a stove and icebox but I still needed pots and pans. The second best cookware set at the nearest discount house was a WearEver Freedom eight piece box, including lids. It sold for about $80 and had a lifetime warranty. The cookware selection was the best decision I made during that period of my life.

All of the pieces are now missing hunks of exterior “porcelain enamel coating” and, all but one, have badly scorched cooking surfaces. The “NeverStick NeverScratch NonStick” 8” omelet pan remains just as useful, although not as attractive, as the day it came out of the box. The 10” Safe-T Glass cover is a better stove-top lid to 10” All-Clad frying pan than the top that cost me almost as much the whole non-stick set.

If a WearEver representative sees this and sends me a replacement set; great, but if not, I figure I’ve gotten my moneys worth.

To all of you who have higher expectations from higher end cookware; I wish you decades, if not a lifetime of happy use. For the young bucks; this could be a cautionary tale about more than pots and pans.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:58 AM   #20
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I’ve been researching cookware for a couple days and swiss diamond appears to be the most indestructible nonstick cookware. It claims to be dishwasher safe and metal utensil safe and comes with a lifetime warranty. Not sure if it does better with high heat or if it is as easy to clean as other brands. So far I haven’t talked to anybody that’s ever used them.

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