Finding the right pot can be difficult. Part of it depends on what you plan to cook, but part of it also depends on confidence. There are a lot of casseroles out there that talk a lot, but end up falling apart after some serious work in the kitchen (I’ve had my heart broken a few times). That’s why we wanted to put together this list of casseroles that we have tried, tested and loved no matter what we put them through. Whether you’re looking for a cast iron, nonstick, or something a little different, here are our favorite casseroles.
Blue carbon steel frying pan
I recently spoke with Julia Sullivan, the chef named James Beard, who told me this casserole could “replace any casserole in my kitchen.” She was right. The Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan offers the best of cast iron and stainless steel. It offers heat retention, is lightweight, easy to clean, and even has the shape of a wok, making it excellent for sautéing vegetables.
Field Company No. 8 Stove
If you’re too fond of cast iron to change, but still want an upgrade, this one from Field Company is the rung of the cast iron kitchen. Somehow they did a cast iron skillet that offers the heat-retaining, non-stick capabilities that we all love from cast iron that is both “light and smooth”. The pan is pre-seasoned and you can barely feel the metallic streams inside, making it ideal for cooking more delicate foods.
Scout Editor-in-Chief Jillian Lucas says The Always Pan can be “used for just about anything.” The ceramic non-stick skillet is ideal for sautéing, simmering and more. It has two spouts, a steamer attachment (which can also be used as a colander) and a spoon rest on the handle. He can really do whatever task you give him.
Rachael Ray Classic 10 ” Fry Pan
Scout contributor Elinor Walker says this is a non-stick “that really lasts” pan. While others lose their coating after about a year, Elinor has had this pan for five years and says “there’s still not a chip, scratch, or piece of food on it.” Porcelain enamel acts as a durable, lightweight insulator, plus the pan is oven and dishwasher safe.
T-Fal 12.5-inch Non-Stick Skillet
If you’re considering a wok, Wilson Tang of Nom Wah in New York City says this casserole will make you think twice. He told me that “most woks are not compatible with home cooks”, and instead recommended the 12.5 inch T-fal pan “because of the surface area at the bottom for frying. “.
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