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5 essential pans

Aluminum, cast iron, and unlined copper are reactive metals. They conduct heat very well, however they are reactive with acidic and alkaline foods. If you’re cooking with ingredients like tomatoes or lemon juice, your food can take on a metallic flavor. Ceramics and stainless steel are non-reactive. They don’t conduct heat very well and tend to have ‘hot spots.’ But, they won’t interfere with the chemical structure of the food.

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1. This sauté pan by Thundergroup features a cool touch handle, stainless steel interior, a Tri-Ply bottom for efficient heat distribution and is induction ready. Acadiana Restaurant Supply, 1428 Eraste Landry Road, Lafayette. (337) 412-6347.

2. The durable ceramic finish of the Scanpan allows for high-heat searing in this versatile sauté pan. It’s a one-stop pot for frying, roasting and even for soup making. The Kitchen Shop, 296 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau. (337) 662-3500

3. The Rock by Starfrit frying pan has an ultra durable, rock-like finish, an outstanding release performance and an extra thick forged aluminum base which allows for optimum heat distribution and even cooking. Bed Bath & Beyond, 3617 Ambassador Caffrey Parkway, Lafayette. (337) 988-5423

4. This Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet has a textured black enamel interior which makes it ideal for frying, searing or baking a variety of foods on the stovetop or in the oven. It requires no surface maintenance or pan seasoning. Joey’s 503 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette, (337) 237-3661

5. This Lagostina, Tri-Ply Construction maintains flavor and is great for searing. It has a lifetime warranty and is broiler safe up to 500 degrees.  Kitchenary at Heymann’s 456 Heymann Blvd. # C, Lafayette, (337) 264-1037



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