This is the Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan that has 2 loop handles and a lid.
This pan is well named because you will find yourself using it everyday. It can be used for just about anything.
It’s not as shallow as an omelet pan and not as deep as a wok so it’s great for roasting a chicken, frying chops or steaming vegetables. You can also cook an omelet in it, stir fry or sauté. If you leave the lid on your can even make a pot roast in it.
It’s also great for taking straight to the table as it looks so good, so that cuts down on the need for additional dishes and additional cleanup.
As it’s such a good price and a good size for cooking for one to four people, it would be a great gift for anyone leaving home, starting a new home or getting married. It’s like having several items of cookware all in one.
The shape of the pan gives it more space than a 3 quart sauté pan and because the sides are flared, it’s easy to get a spatula under the food to turn it over. The domed lid also increases the capacity so it’s great for one-pot meals.
Some people have complained that food sticks to this pan but the trick is to preheat the empty pan and then when it’s at the temperature that you want, add your oil and ingredients.
So stop meat sticking, if you just let it brown until it’s caramelized, it will then release itself from the pan.
This pan shouldn’t go into a dishwasher as it will ruin the surface. To clean off stubborn burnt on food, just add hot water to the hot pan, scrape gently with a soft brush and the residue will dissolve. You may find that t’s better not to use too much soap. Just like cast iron, anodized aluminum will become more seasoned the more you cook with it. However, it’s easier to care for than cast iron because if you do have to give it a good cleaning, you don’t need to re-season it.
It seems strange at first to not have a long handle but in fact, the two small stay-cool handles are much easier. This pan goes from stove top to oven so the two small handles fit better and make it easier and safer to lift out of the oven. It’s also easier to pick up a full pan with two hands than one and you’re less likely to drop it or tip it and spill the contents.
Once you have this pan, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!
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