By Mike Thayer
When the eggs you're frying up for breakfast stick to the 'non-stick' frying pan despite the ample dose of olive oil, you know it's time to replace it. The cheap frying pan set I bought at Walmart about five years back when setting up my apartment post-divorce were all in need of replacement as a matter of fact. While I do enjoy my fair share of eating out, I do prepare most of my meals at home, so that el cheapo Walmart frying pan set endured almost every day use. For the $18 or so I shelled out for the el cheapo stuff, I'd say I got some pretty good mileage out of those pans.
A frying pan upgrade was needed and heavier/thicker gauge metal pans, something that can hold the heat better, where the non-stick coating will last longer was a must. Oh, and having to occasionally get the screwdriver out to make sure the loose handle didn't fall off those el cheapo pans was a bit of a nuisance.
Shopping with my girlfriend in Costco one day and browsing the 'kitchen stuff' isle, I picked up a T-fal 3 pack, which consists of an 8 inch pan, a 9.75 inch pan, and an 11.25 inch pan. For my cooking needs, this was a winner. The pans are Titanium non-stick, with riveted handles (no more screwdriver!) and these pans are even oven safe up to 350 degrees. But the best thing about this pan set was the price, just $24.99!
These pans are a pleasure to cook with, hold heat much more consistently than that el cheapo stuff did and are SUPER easy to clean. This was a nice upgrade without having to shell out a lot of cash. With proper care, these pans are going to last me more than the five years I cooked with that "e.c." set from Walmart. I'm giving the T-fal 3 pack frying pan set 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, the only thing this set is missing is a lid. I'd pay a few more bucks for a lid for one of the pans.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....
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