“ Manufacturer: Tefal / Type: Frying pans „
I had a frying pan for about 20 years probably, a large heavy very good quality one
that my mum bought, but the handle got damaged when I moved and it also has a lot of wear and tear , so I decided to get a new one.
I don't fry things as much as I used to as I am trying to eat more healthfully. I used my old one every day, and this new Tefal one has been used on average once or twice a week.
I looked into all the different makes of pans and thought Tefal looked like they were the best.
It is £28.99 in Tesco, It is also on for £22.99 at Robert Dyas.
The frying pan width is 30cm, the height is 4.5 cm. The actual pan is made from Aluminium while the handle is plastic. Its non stick and dishwasher safe.
This Tefal pan is non stick and has a special Thermo-Spot which aims to act as a heat indicator and lets you know when the pan is at the right temperature. It actually goes red at 200 degrees, so that is fine for cooking. It takes a while at a steady heat for It to glow red and seems to vary, so I ignore it as when I have cooked in the past, if the feels pan is hot it will cook, regardless of any hot spot.
Sometimes I like to start cooking from a low temperature so I can leave it while I do something else. So then the Thermo-Spot is not really of much use, but it is a good idea for when you are getting used to a new cooker, or not very good at judging the pan heat.
It cooks the food well and is big and deep enough to put in a very big pancake, its not ideal for tossing them as the pan is big and has deep sides, it can go wrong ! It does stop fat spitting out on the cooker though , which can happen with other pans.
It has an 'easy clean' exterior which is fairly easy to clean and a Bakelite handle which keeps it cool, the handle does stay coolish, I have had pans which get hot handles, so they may have been cheap saucepan.
I would say it is lighter than my last pan, and this may be because it is Aluminium. Its deeper though and has the red Thermo-Spot takes a while to glow red at a the same steady shade of colour.
This is probably the one item in my cookware collection that I use absolutely every day for dinner, whether it be browning mince for spaghetti, shepherds pie, my famous stuffed peppers or frying chicken for a variety of different dishes I make.
This pan has served me so well for quite a few years now and although the non-stick is starting to go meaning I probably need to replace this pan fairly soon I have been very pleased with the quality and how well this has lasted over the years that I will definitely be buying another Tefal.
The pan measures 30 centimeters which is a fairly big frying pan but I find this is then big enough to do 12 sausages at one time and it has the capacity to take a jar of ready made sauce when added to mince for spaghetti or curry etc. The pan is fairly heavy but what I love about it is the handle. There is one fairly long handle on the side but its really sturdy and hasn't one gone loose like some other handles on other pans can do. Even if the pan is quite full its easy to pick it up with this handle and give it a shake or a stir off the heat quickly. What's great is that the handle does not get hot even after you have been cooking with the pan so it's easy to pick up and move away from the heat when your dinner is ready and you do not have to worry about getting oven gloves to lift it.
Like I've mentioned above the pan comes with a non-stick coating which is great because it obviously means food does not stick, like when you a re frying chicken so then it doesn't burn and it also means you don't really need to use a lot of oil to fry things in, meaning dinners will be healthier. As I've mentioned above, this non-stick is starting to come off a bit now which is a shame but then I have probably been guilty of not looking after it as well as I could have done and have probably scratched the non-stick with metal spoons when cooking which is not what you're meant to do.
The pan has a red spot in the middle of it which is actually, according to the information on the pan, "Tefal's unique heat indicator, which glows solid red to let you know when your pan is pre-heated to 200 degrees, the optimum temperature to start cooking. With the Thermo Spot, there's no risk of the pan overheating or underheating. It enables you to sear your food at just the right temperature to seal in the flavour, in the same way a professional chef would." I think this works really well and I have enjoyed using it as most times I need quite a bit of direction when I'm cooking and try to over cook things just in case as I don't want to give my kids food poisoning from undercooking chicken or meat so this has been a good indicator.
The pan is fairly deep and has quite high sides so I never usually spill food over the side onto the cooker when I am stirring it in the frying pan which is great. The bottom of the pan is quite interesting. It has a thermo-conductive base, which features anti-abrasion copper speckles for excellent heat distribution and outstanding results. I like this as I find I can cook all my sausages int he pan like I've mentioned above and then all cook evenly, not just the ones in the middle on top of the direct heat so I don't keep on having to move the sausages around, I can just leave them to cook on their own.
You can put this pan in the dishwasher which is a godsend as often times I really fry some messy food and then leave it there for a while and it dries and would be impossible to clean by hand but after a spin in the dishwasher its really clean. The pan costs in the £30 region and I will definitely be buying another one soon.
When I first moved in with my partner as I was expecting our daughter 3 years ago we were short on cash and so everything we bought was the basics including our frying pan. It had seen it's fair share of stain and grease and so when I received some lovely amazon vouchers I decided to use them wisely and get us a new frying pan - this specifics frying pan.
It is a black, non-stick frying pan which at 30cm is big enough for me to fry multiple eggs and strips of bacon comfortably for the 3 of us to eat! The non-stick aspect is great as to date I have not had any incidences of food sticking to the pan, even when frying delicate dishes such as pancakes and omelettes they have been able to be flipped over with ease and precision. Much better than my old crusty frying pan which would require lot's of scraping to get anything cooked evenly! The non-stick aspect also is supposed to allow food to be cooked without oil and it still wouldn't stick so I did give it a try, when making my egg one morning for breakfast. Low and behold the egg was a bit clammy, but sure enough it didn't stick! Hoorah! However being the greedy girl that I am I will always use oil when frying food in future as it's just the way I like it out of personal taste and preference but those liking quite a healthy diet will definitely appreciate this aspect.
The main selling point of these Tefal pans is the Thermo Spot. This is essentially a red spot in the centre of the pan which glows when the pan is heated to 200 degrees - the optimum cooking temperature. According to the description this allows the chef (aka me!) to seal food at the right temperature and there is no risk of the pan overheating or underheating. Now, perhaps it is just me and my cooker is rubbish in that even on the highest heat setting it is not quite 200 degrees but I am yet to see the red spot "glow". In a sense it has changed to a slightly brighter shade of red but I do not notice it to make much difference in my cooking skills in making my eggs and sausages any more of a culinary delight as I pretty much go on a standard and know when my food has been cooked thoroughly!
The handle is durable and heat resistant. and I have never had any issues with scalding or heat transmitting along to the handle of the pan which is great. The pan also has a thermo-conductive base which allows the heat to spread evenly amongst the pan and cook the food well. Personally I have an electric cooker so I can place this frying pan on the largest hob and at 30cm the hob doesn't quite cover the entire circumference of the base of the pan and I do have to jiggle the food from the middle to the outside and keep rotating the food so it is all cooked evenly. So on this basis the pan isn't perfect but this could just be me doing it out of habit and not wanting to take any chances.
This pan can be grabbed on amazon for a mere £15.49 which I think isn't half bad considering the value and the use I know I will get out of it from a reputable brand. I am now so happy with this pan, I am slowly but surely aiming to replace all my pots and pans bit by bit with some from the Tefal range as they are excellent quality and I know they will last!
"Enjoy stress-free healthy cooking with Tefal's Specifics range. Precision-engineered the pans produce excellent results while the non-stick coating means healthier cooking without the need for oil. The Specifics range has a thermo-conductive base with anti-abrasion copper speckles for excellent heat distribution and outstanding results. The 30cm frying pan is suitable for use on all hobs except induction and features stay cool handles - so you can use it in the oven up to 180°C. The Specifics range"