“ Brand: Judge / Product Type: Frying Pan „
When we moved house, I had to get some new cookware as I the kitchen I was moving to had an induction hob, and only certain types of pans etc will work on such a hob. I have never had a high success rate with frying pans at the best of times, and always seem to go through them pretty readily, so my initial port of call was to purchase a basic induction frying pan. I bought this Judge induction 28cm frying pan in TK Maxx costing me £9.99, which I thought was a fair price for the size of the pan.
This pan feels fairly heavy to hold, and is black in colour like that above. It has a stainless steel rim and a teflon non stick base. The handles are designed to be comfortable to grip and allow you to hold the handle even when the actual pan is hot without needing to use oven gloves. This judge pan is suitable for the dishwasher and is oven safe up to 180C. I cannot say that I have used it in the dishwasher (I always hand wash pots and pans) or in the oven (have never done so with any pan), so I cannot comment on its effectiveness in this regard.
I have a great oven and grill which was not the case in our old house, so I do tend to grill now more than fry, however, there are always things that require this pan to be used, and so far it has been effective. THe induction hob heats up oil etc in this pan very very quickly, but it is a great size to fry mince for a family dinner, fry some cabbage in butter, or cook a stirfry. It is obviously too big for the likes of an omelette.
As much as it has been effective so far, I can see the very early stages of it starting to lose its non stick, despite me only using wooden utensils etc and the soft side of scourers to wash them. So, to be honest, I think this pan will eventually go the same way as all the other frying pans I have ever bought. So, you are probably better putting the money into a really good induction frying pan if you really don;t want this issue with losing the non stick cooking surface. My only concern is that my mother in law has bought both expensive frying pans and cheap Woolworths frying pans, and it is the cheap frying pans from Woolworths that she got years ago that are still going strong, not the expensive one. It is difficult to know when buying a pan in regards to its lifespan, but this is a good pan in the meantime.