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    Nonstick pans: Are they all the same? (Trying to not use oil to cook)

    When I cook veggies, I dump a ton of oil onto my cheap nonstick pan to aid in the nonsticking. I then realized I was adding a TON of fat and calories to my meal for nothing (upwards of 500 calories / 60 grams of fat). So, I am going to stop doing that.

    But, should I buy a better pan that is more nonsticky? Or are all nonstick pans the same? Right now, I use some $7 thing I bought at the supermarket. I just replace them pretty frequently. My current pan is almost new, but it was cheap.

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    Any fat/oil I use in cooking is always under 100 calories. Unless I purposefully try to add more...
    Maybe start measuring? (I assume you're trying to lose weight)

    Or you can grill your food.

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    The Straight Dope: Are Teflon-coated pans a health risk to birds and humans?

    Get rid of the deathlon. Get cast iron if you're a regular people, or enameled cast iron if you're a multibillionaire.

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    Is Non-Stick Cookware Dangerous? Fact Vs. Myth | The ZocDoc Blog

    either buy a cast-iron pan or steam the veggies and dress with butter.

    however if your food is absorbing most of the oil you're cooking with you're doing it wrong.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

    – Ernest Hemingway

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    A pat of butter is around 40 calories, and is plenty of fat in which to cook veggies/food in a satisfactory, non-sticky way. You shouldn't need to completely curtail your fat use.

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    Your cheap pans don't last as long because the substrate is of thinner, cheaper, metal. This leads to uneven heating. In addition to making the pan destruct, the uneven heating causes sticking problems that lead to needing more oil. If you were to stick with the non-stick, a good pan would last you a decade or more, compared to the mebby year you get out of a cheap pan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loafingcactus View Post
    Your cheap pans don't last as long because the substrate is of thinner, cheaper, metal. This leads to uneven heating. In addition to making the pan destruct, the uneven heating causes sticking problems that lead to needing more oil. If you were to stick with the non-stick, a good pan would last you a decade or more, compared to the mebby year you get out of a cheap pan.
    So, what is a good brand of non-stick that isn't an overpriced designer ripoff?
    Cast iron is a pain. I will take my cancer chances. I'd rather die early than cook with food constantly getting stuck and burnt to the pan. Those days are over for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
    So, what is a good brand of non-stick that isn't an overpriced designer ripoff?
    Cast iron is a pain. I will take my cancer chances. I'd rather die early than cook with food constantly getting stuck and burnt to the pan. Those days are over for me.
    You mistreated the cast iron if that was your experience. Get enameled cast iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
    So, what is a good brand of non-stick that isn't an overpriced designer ripoff?
    Cast iron is a pain. I will take my cancer chances. I'd rather die early than cook with food constantly getting stuck and burnt to the pan. Those days are over for me.
    I have these and love them:

    Amazon.com: Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan: Kitchen & Dining

    Info on sustainability:

    Sustainable Business Practices at Nordic Ware - Nordic Ware

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    If you can afford it, buy Esteele. Best cookware ever and will last you a lifetime.

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