(Closed) What’s better-non-stick or stainless steel pans?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have owned both types of pots and pans. When I got my stainless steel pots and pans for christmas, I gave all my  other dishes away about a month later.
I will only cook on stainless steel, they are that amazing!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there have been a few threads on this recently…here‘s one.

it’s best to have a mixture.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A few of both. Don’t bother buying a “set”, buy the pans you need individually.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

definetly agree with kitzy…best to have a mixture. We also use cast iron a lot too.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@peaches1038: OohhhhI love my cast iron skillets!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I chose the whole set, and I haven’t had to go out and buy anything individually. I like stainless steel because IMO it’s a healthier option. Mine are Lagostina, I got a frying pan, huge spaghetti pot, one large, medium and small pot, and a steamer to go on top of the large pot. I haven’t found that I am missing, or need anything else other than what I got in the set.

Here’s what hubpages says:

Non-stick pans have a coating that gives the cookware its beneficial properties. However, there are studies that this coating will give off fumes at high heat which may be harmful. In additional, the coating is fairly easily scratched or damaged by daily use as mentioned above. Non-stick products used at medium or lower are not considered a problem and are frequently the pan of choice by many professional chefs for omelets, and egg dishes. Stainless steel has no similar problems and is the product of choice more many cooking applications where higher heat is needed. In addition, it is extremely hypoallergenic, meaning it is not prone to harboring bacteria and germs.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

For grilling or searing meats, a cast iron skillet is best. For things that DO stick a lot, like eggs, non-stick is best. And stainless steal or enamel is best for soups/boiling/things that will cook on stove top and finish in oven/etc. If you cook very often, a mixture is best. If you rarely cook or cook simple things, a set of nonstick will work best for you.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

We have a mixture! I find that when I’m using frying pans, non-stick is better than stainless steel, but for other things, stainless steel is better. We have our favorite pans and they’re definitely a mix!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

As I am still learning and working on my “Chef Wife” skills, I think Non-Stick pans are better! I hear you can do some real damage to SS!

So I say Non-Stick =)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For non-stick, teflon gives off fumes only if overheated. (Which is why you should never put non-stick in the oven.)

There are several alternative non-stick pans that came out in the last several years that are made from different materials that do not give off toxic fumes if overheated.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I do most of my cooking in non-stick but I do have a few pans that are not but they don’t get used often.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Probably depends on the brand, but I like non-stick, Stainless Steel hasn’t done so great for me in the past, I only use Non-stick now. What brand are you looking at?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If it was between non stick and stainless steel then stainless steel. It’s also harder to cook on stainless steel.

We have hard anodized set with some stainless steel pieces. Depending on what you’re cooking one is better than the other.

Looking to get a good cast iron skillet as well!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I prefer ceramic. I am really hesitant abdout nonstick because I know that some of them produce cemicals that can get into your food if scratched. ceramic pans do not stick at all. I have tried! I havent ever tried using stainless steel tho, but I think that I would vote for them over nonstick if that is my only choice.

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