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T-Fal Jumbo Cooker
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Post# 923945   2/26/2017 at 19:04 (423 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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In the most recent Costco coupon book, a T-Fal jumbo nonstick covered fry/sauce pan was listed as discounted about $6. This brought the price down to $18, not too shabby for a 5.5 qt. 12" diameter utensil with what seems to be a very durable ("Titanium") nonstick coating, as well as silicone rubber insulted handles and a well made glass lid.

Additionally there's a red circle in the middle of the cooking surface that indicates when the proper heat for sautéing has been reached. Pretty slick, no pun intended.

Heretofore I've been using the covered fry/sauce pan from a ceramic coated Green Pan set. Like many others, and corroborated from some internet research, the ceramic coating has lost its non-stickiness, to the point where even bacon sticks to it. So I was ready for a change. The Titanium teflon surface on the T-Fal appears to be quite durable, good up to 500F as well as resistant to metal utensils, albeit of the blunt variety.

In my use so far, I'm quite happy with this pan. The price was right, the size is right, and the quality seems to be up to par. I've been using it for stir-frying, with plenty of room for veggies, as well as also for the aforementioned bacon, LOL. I suppose I will also use it to heat up tortillas and cook steaks. In fact I like it so much I went out and got a second one as a spare, just in case.

One drawback to the Jumbo Cooker is that it's not induction ready. However since I don't have an induction cooktop this is not an issue. In fact, if I spot a T-Fal small/medium omelet pan with the same coating, I'm planning on getting that, as well. For boiling/steaming, the remaining pots from the Green Pan set will do OK, since they are unlikely to result in food sticking and are still relatively easy to clean.

One clue I had that this was going to be a good pan was that when I ventured into Costco on the first day of the sale, a Costco employee mentioned that they were flying off the stack. Sure enough, and most of the buyers appeared to be Asian, who tend to know a thing or two about what makes a good stir fryer.

A minor grump might be that the cooking surface appears to be slightly convex, at least when cold. I'm not sure as yet if it flattens out with heat. Sort of a reverse wok arrangement. But it's not really a problem, since the heavy gauge aluminum appears to distribute heat very evenly. Also, since I use a gas cooktop with sealed burners, the large diameter of this pan tends to make the most efficient use of the flame as it "blooms". I've used other fry pans in the past where after some years of use results in them having a sag in the middle. So perhaps the slight convex profile will lengthen the usable life of the pan?

Post# 924006 , Reply# 1   2/27/2017 at 07:03 (423 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Hey Suds.   I bought the one linked below planning ahead for having company in March.  My old go to non sticks had gotten that well used look.  Thanks for the info about the "red"  ready dot.  The way it was packaged with cardboard and shrink wrap  I did not get it, about the ready dot.  After reading your post I opened mine.  Sure enough it is part of the non stick just like you posted. It was hidden by the packaging and the knob for the lid.  The bottom is slightly convex like you mentioned.  I did not read the reviews prior to purchase. One reviewer did mention theirs warped.  Like all on line reviews they may have  way over heated theirs.  I had  clicked a few items I needed into the cart and the $20 skillet brought my total up to $50= free ship. Anyway I had set it aside until next month. So after reading your post and putting on my reading glasses, I looked closer.  Thanks for the info.  A


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