Why is Non-Stick Cookware so Popular?

The use of non-stick cookware has spread like wildfire following its introduction to the market by DuPont in 1945. And with its introduction both the professional chef and home cook are able to cook foods, that would normally stick to the pan, without any problems.

It should be noted that the term “non-stick” can be applied with different meanings. Some refer to the non-stick qualities of cookware materials like iron or stainless steel. Here, though, it is being used to describe Teflon or other PTFE coatings.

And, there have been advancements. The 1980s saw the introduction of ceramic-based non-stick surfaces that have been infused with everything from titanium to diamonds to increase its strength. But, they still fall within the non-stick class of cookware.

Non-stick cookware is everywhere. It would not be far-fetched to guess that there is at least one piece of non-stick cookware in almost every kitchen today.  It is the go-to cookware for nearly every cooking demographic in the country, whether you’re an amateur or pro, young or old, on a budget or in the money.

What makes it so popular? It comes down to three things: it’s inexpensive, there’s a lot of it available and it gets the job done.


You can get a complete non-stick cookware set for as little as $30. There’s just no other type of cookware that can offer that price point. It will not be the greatest set in the world, but for someone on a budget who needs a way to heat up soup it’s just the ticket.

On the other hand, you can find high-quality non-stick cookware sets for as much as $600 or more.

The advantage of this type of cookware,  is that it is not beyond the reach of any budget. But, why does the price for non-stick cookware fluctuate so much?


It’s not so much what’s on the inside as what’s on the outside. The non-stick polymer coating can be sprayed on to a variety of metals, which can be incorporated into any number of designs with varying build quality. That way, you have your choice between an $8 non-stick aluminum pan and a $140 non-stick stainless steel pan with a copper core.

Cooking Ability/Quality

Why do people love non-stick cookware? Well, because food doesn’t stick to it! Good non-stick cookware can be used without butter, oil or spray and the food will still slide right off of it. This paves the way for healthier cooking, too, which only adds to the value.

Since a non-stick polymer can be applied to any metal you are not really limited in the quality of non-stick cookware that is available. A non-stick polymer is most commonly applied to hard anodized aluminum to create affordable cookware of good quality, but it can just as easily be applied to stainless steel cladding, titanium, bronze or even porcelain enamel.

So, whatever cooking benefits you’re seeking, whether it is light cookware, cookware with good heat conductivity and so on, you should be able to find it with a non-stick coating if that’s what you prefer.

Non-stick cookware is also easy to care for as long as you take care not to scratch or chip the coating. If you follow this simple rule your cookware will provide years of service at a price that fits your budget.

Is It Anolon or Analon Cookware

anolon-advanced-cookware-setSo many people get confused with the spelling of Anolon, and its quite understandable because Analon seems to flow better.

However, there is nothing confusing about the quality of the product. Anolon cookware is made from non-stick hard anodized aluminum.

The Anolon Advanced Nonstick Hard-Anodized Aluminum 12-Piece Cookware Set shown on the left has the DuPont Autograph 2 nonstick coating on both the inside and the outside so that you are assured of excellent performance, durability and importantly – easy cleaning.

Because Analon cookware has a hard-anodized finish you will find that your pots and pans have even heat distribution and there will be no hot spots, which of course means – no scorched food.

The SureGrip handles are made from silicone rubber so they are comfortable to hold and remain cool to the touch they are also oven-safe to 400°.

You can keep an eye on the food as it cooks as the lids are clear and made of tempered glass. Each lid has a SureGrip handle with a large loop so that you can pick up the lid easily.

This set shown includes

  • 2-qt. Sauce Pan with Lid,
  • 3-qt. Sauce Pan with Lid,
  • 4-qt. Sauce Pan with Helper Handle and Lid,
  • 10-qt. Stockpot with Lid,
  • 8-in. Omelette Pan, 10-in. Omelette Pan,
  • 5-qt./12-in. Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Lid.

The 10qt stockpot is large enough to make a hearty pot of soup, stew or chilli for even the largest family or for when you have friends over.

So you see it doesn’t really matter if you spell it Analon or Anolon, this cookware works just fine whatever you call it.

To read our full reviewon the best non-stick cookware set, click the following link: Anolon Advanced non-stick 12pc cookware set

Cookware Review: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Saute Pan

Our first review for the Rachael Ray line of cookware has just been added. We decided on the oval saute pan as this is a very popular piece in the Rachael Ray range.

Rachael Ray was definitely thinking outside of the box when she designed this range of cookware. This pan is quite unique with its oval shape and bright orange trim.

We like it. It’s modern and fun but most importantly it does the job.

Read the complete review here: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Saute Pan Review

My New Jamie Oliver Professional Series Tefal Grill Pan

Jamie Oliver Grill PanOn Friday night I finally succumbed and purchased the Jamie Oliver Grill Pan and today I cooked Porterhouse Steak for lunch.

Wow, this pan cooked the meat to perfection and because it has the shark’s tooth ridges which transmit heat to the ridge peaks, it chargrills perfectly.

This is the 28×24 (approx 11″x 9″) cast aluminum grill pan has prometal non-stick interior/exteriors. And what is prometal I hear you ask – well it is Tefal’s premium multi layer coating that is reinforced with ultra hard minerals making it metal utensil safe and super easy to clean.

Being a T-fal product it has the red thermal spot indicator that lets you know when your pan is pre-heated to the right temperature that will seal in the flavor.Tefal Red Spot

The pan is of course dishwasher safe.

Jamie Oliver and T fal have produced what I would consider to be one of the best ranges of cookware for the home cook, that is available on the market today.
I am so thrilled with with all the pieces of Jamie Oliver cookware that I have purchased recently and I am sure you will as well.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Non-Stick Cookware

advantages-disadvantages-of-nonstick-cookwareNonstick pans are extremely popular these days, but are they right for you? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this popular cookware choice, to help you decide for yourself.

Advantages of Nonstick Cookware

  • Generally made of aluminum, which is less expensive than other options such as stainless steel or copper.
  • Food sticks and burns less easily, meaning that your meals will turn out better.
  • Easier for the cook – you don’t have to spend as much time stirring or turning the food.
  • Requires less cooking fat to prevent sticking, which leads to healthier cooking.
  • Great for use with fried or breaded food items which could otherwise break apart in the pan.
  • Easier for inexperienced cooks, or those who may be distracted during cooking by phone calls, work, or children.
  • Needs less sensitive touch with the heating element.
  • Easy clean-up, since food doesn’t burn onto the pan.
  • There are no known health risks for humans from preparing foods on non-stick pans.

Disadvantages of Nonstick Cookware

  • Easy to damage if used with metal utensils or scouring pads.
  • Cannot be used at high temperatures or the non-stick coating could melt.
  • Pet birds can be sensitive to fumes emitted by some overheated non-stick pans.
  • Stovetop only – not for use in the oven.
  • More difficult to brown or caramelize foods.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.