Product reviewed: T-fal HeatMaster Non-stick 10-inch Fry Pan
Since most of my recipes are created for weight management and prediabetes, I’m always trying to minimize the amount of oil I add to the pan. I have quite the stack of nonstick cookware I’ve accumulated over the years, but it was time to try something new. When I saw the T-fal HeatMaster Non-stick 10-inch Fry Pan, I was super excited to get cooking.
At first glance, the fry pan looks pretty cool. Instead of the traditional grey nonstick surface, it’s blue and black speckled with a red ring in the middle. This is because of the sapphire-infused technology that is supposedly 25 times longer-lasting than copper ceramic cookware. Prepping the pan to use is easy: simply wash it in warm soapy water and season it with a little oil on a paper towel.
The fabulous feature I love most is the Thermo-Spot, a unique heat indicator signaling the pan is perfectly preheated. No more lack of sizzle when you crack eggs into a not-hot-enough pan! Plus, the ability to use metal utensils on a nonstick surface is something not commonly found. The non-toxic, nonstick coating also is free of lead, cadmium and PFOA.
As far as kitchen tools go, it’s probably the simplest to use. I cooked several foods including eggs, shrimp, turkey burgers and greens, both with and without using oil. Honestly, I expected the food to slide around the pan like it does in infomercials about nonstick cookware. (That phenomenon has never quite worked on my stove.) When I tried cooking an egg white omelet without greasing the pan, the eggs developed a strange texture and brown crust. Although the omelet didn’t officially stick, it did take some finesse to remove it from the pan intact.
When I cooked scrambled cheesy eggs without oil, it took a bit of scraping to get the food out of the pan. However, when I added a little oil or cooking spray, it worked fine. No sticking, no problem!
After sautéing for about 15 minutes, the handle felt surprisingly hotter than handles on my other pans, so use caution and don’t grab it with bare hands after cooking for a while. The attractive pan is compatible with all cooktops, dishwasher-safe and easy to clean. With the Thermo-Spot indicator, it’s a good pan for kids to use when learning to cook. The manufacturer recommends cooking with low to medium heat, and the pan is oven-safe to 500°F.
The T-fal HeatMaster Non-stick 10-inch Fry Pan performs as expected. What differentiates it from other nonstick fry pans is the ability to use metal utensils and the Thermo-Spot ring, which takes the guesswork out of cooking temperature. It is well priced for any user, especially college students or those making purchases for their first apartment. I look forward to cooking many more delicious dishes including frittatas, stir-fries and beyond.