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Old 10-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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BTW anybody who likes the OrGreenic, please don't take offense from my negative comments about the product, and in any case I have not tried OrGreenic so I did not address their performance at all. My main issue is the aesthetics of an ugly green pan. For a $30 class item I'd rather buy perhaps the Cuisinart 11-1/2" for $24.99 (also a metal handle). If I wasn't buying economy stuff for temporary use I'd move up to Calphalon or one of the other pricey brands, and I probably will do that in the next several months. Of course I'll need a kitchen and place to store pots and pans first.

BTW I cooked dinner last night on the 12" Invitations (sauteed fish) and breakfast this morning on the 10" Invitations (fried egg) and enjoyed using both pans. Both are better than the junk I've been using. I think a trip to Goodwill is in order for my near future.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:22 PM   #22
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The newer cookwares are leaning to multiple coatings of titanium particles to achieve their non-stick surfaces. They are so far the best non-stick surfaces available. They are not inexpensive and require careful handling to maintain as do all other non-stick surfaces. I have a wonderful skillet that I have had for 10 years (forget the brand name) made with 7 different metals. While the interior of the pan gets as hot as I like on my gas range, the metal handles on both ends of the skillet do not get hot. We are the guinea pigs for all of these products. It's kind of like drugs. Who knows what health issues this space age technology may reveal in the years to come.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:16 PM   #23
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It definitely is ugly, but for my purposes it doesn't have to look nice. I haven't had any trouble with the handle getting hot, except of course when I put it in the oven, but that is to be expected.

A little side note -- When I do put a pan with a long handle in the oven, I throw a pot holder or towel over the handle after I remove it from the oven. I do this as a reminder that it is hot, as I have stupidly grabbed a hot handle more than once!
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:23 PM   #24
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Barbara, I do the same thing with the pot holders. I leave one along the edge of any hot pan that comes from the oven. I have a few burn scars myself. Not fun.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #25
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I've grabbed a hot metal pot handle more times than I can say. It's obvious to me that I just won't learn from experience to not grab it. So I'm fixing it earlier in the process, by not buying stuff with metal handles. (Okay, maybe a car...)
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:47 PM   #26
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I recall someone posting about the little shaped to fit handle potholders, they slip on the handles before you heat up the pan. Work on stovetop or in the oven.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:01 PM   #27
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Thanks to my first husband and Son #2, I have a couple of restaurant pans that have metal handles. I won't have one with a so called safe-for-the-oven black handle. I don't trust them. I just have the feeling that they will melt in there. Call them what you will, to me they are plastic. Even my DO has metal handles.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:06 PM   #28
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I recall someone posting about the little shaped to fit handle potholders, they slip on the handles before you heat up the pan. Work on stovetop or in the oven.

They look like this: Pan Handle Sleeve in Kitchen Helpers | Crate and Barrel

I have a couple and one is always on my CI skillet handle except in the oven.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #29
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They look like this: Pan Handle Sleeve in Kitchen Helpers | Crate and Barrel

I have a couple and one is always on my CI skillet handle except in the oven.
Yes! That's it.

I would think they'd be easy to make from old potholders too, just split and stitch. Or even old Kevlar glove fingers, which should be ovenproof. Cut off a few fingers, thread them on the handle, and leave the fingertip on the last one.
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Yes! That's it.

I would think they'd be easy to make from old potholders too, just split and stitch. Or even old Kevlar glove fingers, which should be ovenproof. Cut off a few fingers, thread them on the handle, and leave the fingertip on the last one.

...or you could buy one for as little as $0.99 and up. These sleeves are more heat resistant than the average retail pot holder.
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