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we use it every single damn day.  if not for tea, then to pre-boil water for pasta and such.  it saves like 2 minutes  - 3m total instead of 5m, but it feels like an eternity saved

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7 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

Might try one.  I use cast iron all the time, except for recipes with tomatoes.  Enameled cast iron works great there, though.  I'm just sick of seeing my idiot family take steel spatulas, forks, etc. to decent non-stick pans, so I pretty much just want to get them all out of the house (the pans, not the family, most days).  If the carbon steel pans are tough enough to take hard utensils but still season up to be reasonably non-stick, then good.

That brings up the question . . . can they handle an omelet?

This guy makes some bad jokes but he seems to know about carbon steel pans.  After seasoning a new pan, you see the first omelet start at 3:30.

If your family likes to mistreat pans, it would seem the worst scenario is that you would have to strip off the seasoning and start over. Still I recommend keeping this to yourself and not let them touch it.

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2 hours ago, Nice Guy Eddie said:

If your family likes to mistreat pans, it would seem the worst scenario is that you would have to strip off the seasoning and start over. Still I recommend keeping this to yourself and not let them touch it.

I already have a small stash of good olive oil, etc.  I caught my kid making popcorn with about $2 worth of my best oil one night.

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I use an 8.5" C/S pan pretty much exclusively for omelets.  Works great.  But you still have to add oil/butter to get the nonstick feature, even when well seasoned.

Best omelette pan ever is the solid aluminum omelette pan from Pot Shop of Boston.  My mother has a couple of them, and they're amazing.  Unfortunately, I can't use them on my induction cooktop without one of those adapter plates.

 

https://www.potshopofboston.com/collections/omelette/products/8-1-2-high-polished-omelette-pan

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19 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

Might try one.  I use cast iron all the time, except for recipes with tomatoes.  Enameled cast iron works great there, though.  I'm just sick of seeing my idiot family take steel spatulas, forks, etc. to decent non-stick pans, so I pretty much just want to get them all out of the house (the pans, not the family, most days).  If the carbon steel pans are tough enough to take hard utensils but still season up to be reasonably non-stick, then good.

That brings up the question . . . can they handle an omelet?

Yup, all of the above. And then your kid makes SpagghetiOs in it. Then it’s back to the seasoning video. It’s a pain in the ass . I season the things on my grill now, saves on the smoked out kitchen , barking dogs and smoke alarms going off. I really like the idea but it’s kind of like an unwanted hobby keeping them in the game.

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5 hours ago, JimmyRussels said:

Yup, all of the above. And then your kid makes SpagghetiOs in it. Then it’s back to the seasoning video. It’s a pain in the ass . I season the things on my grill now, saves on the smoked out kitchen , barking dogs and smoke alarms going off. I really like the idea but it’s kind of like an unwanted hobby keeping them in the game.

When I bought mine, I told the wife and kids that carbon steel and cast iron were off limits (this is after I caught the then 13 year old using a butcher knife to cut Brussels sprouts in the cast iron pan.  We have a good set of stainless and a nonstick they can use.  But the cool pans are dad's. 

I do most of the cooking.  So the kitchen is mostly my domain.

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Just now, NeverMarryAStripper said:

Won't that make your microwave explode?

Nah, since your hand has to be in there working the crank, it grounds it or something.

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On 3/10/2020 at 9:12 AM, Gene Parmesan said:

I'm intrigued by the toaster ovens.  I've never been around them, but it seems to make a lot of sense for kids foods or cooking smaller batches.  How fast do they heat up?

I love mine. Breville. Takes maybe 90 seconds to heat up?  2 minutes?  I use mine for everything from toast to reverse searing steaks to roasting a whole chicken.   

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54 minutes ago, pops said:

I love mine. Breville. Takes maybe 90 seconds to heat up?  2 minutes?  I use mine for everything from toast to reverse searing steaks to roasting a whole chicken.   

we just got one (Smart Oven Air) - anything else specifically i should do in it/try in it? you airfry?

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there is no such thing as air frying.  its a fake term for highly-convective oven

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5 hours ago, 52-80 said:

there is no such thing as air frying.  its a fake term for highly-convective oven

i know that

you know that

but if i said "how is the super convection mode" it may confuse people

so i asked about airfrying.

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5 minutes ago, NoName said:

i know that

you know that

but if i said "how is the super convection mode" it may confuse people

so i asked about airfrying.

just wanted to make sure other people out there dont go buy both a mini oven AND a dedicated air fryer thinking the latter is necessary

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19 hours ago, NoName said:

we just got one (Smart Oven Air) - anything else specifically i should do in it/try in it? you airfry?

I didn't get the air fryer version so I'm no help.  But anything you would put in an oven I use it for. 

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17 hours ago, 52-80 said:

just wanted to make sure other people out there dont go buy both a mini oven AND a dedicated air fryer thinking the latter is necessary

i mean, not every single stovetop oven has the ability to "airfry" just look at the Breville products

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I picked up a preseasoned lodge carbon steel frying pan based on this thread and could not be happier.  It is the best $35 I have ever spent in my kitchen.

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On 3/10/2020 at 3:28 PM, 52-80 said:

electric kettle

we use it every single damn day.  if not for tea, then to pre-boil water for pasta and such.  it saves like 2 minutes  - 3m total instead of 5m, but it feels like an eternity saved

 

i have a practically brand new electric kettle i'll let for $20 in houston 

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