Can anyone recommend a good non-stick fry pan that actually lasts? We’ve bought a few expensive ones over the years and are always careful with only using soft plastic utensils and gently washing (no scouring) but they never seem to last much beyond a year. It seems the coating just doesn’t last and you might as well buy a cheap one and just throw it out. But I hate being wasteful.
Have you tried seasoning your pan when it starts to stick?
After you've given the pan a good clean, heat it up on the stove and apply a thin coat of oil - about a teaspoon or so. Leave it on the heat for just a minute or two and then rub with kitchen paper. If you do this consistently the oil should fill any scratches and/or thin parts of the coating.
As a general note, I believe too much heat can often kill the non-stick surface. Spray-on oils can also be troublesome.
We have a few scanpan frying pans at home and are really happy with them. You need to make sure you don't have the heat up too high and clean the pans in warm soapy water.
I'm not sure that anything will be non-stick forever but i tend to find the more expensive brands do last longer than the cheap ones you can buy at your local supermarket.
I've used a brand called Chefs Toolbox, which is mostly availble online and they are great! Had them for years and just as non-stick as the day we bought them. Best tip is not to wash them too thoroughly, as the soap products destroy the non-stick element. The best thing is to just rinse with warm water, letting some of the oils from your cooking hang around which actually helps protect the pan for the long term. Really recommend Chefs Toolbox!
@AndreaNg If you're on a budget like myself, I like to use baking paper ontop of my fry pans. Simply spray some oil onto the pan, place the baking paper ontop and then spray the paper with more oil to cook with.
You will have to replace the paper after about 15 - 20 minutes of cooking depending how high your flame is up but this works a treat for me!
I use TEFAL frying pan. It's very easy to clean afterwards and never gives me any troubles. The quality of the Teflon coating is really good that I don't even need to use lots of oil when i'm cooking.
I received one of the Stonewell pans (image below) a couple of years ago for Christmas. Works a treat! Whichever you go with, make sure you look into how to best clean it and care for it.