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Small size, big convenience
on August 30, 2006
I really like this little pan--it's perfect for single cooks, but would be fine for duos too. It has a basic non-stick surface (the smooth type, not T-fal). Be sure to season it well with cooking oil before the first use so food will not stick. Do not use commercial pan sprays--they will eventually buckle this type of finish. Instead, spray or wipe with cooking oil only. Also, use silicon cooking tools; never use metal utensils or you'll damage the non-stick finish.
There are five line-marked settings (i.e., no temperature listings) (l-r) that equate to 1-off, 2-low, 3-medium, 4-high, 5-very high (for preheating only). Preheat on position 5 for a minute or so, then add the food to be cooked and turn the controller down to position 4. The metal pan gets very hot--be careful not to touch the edges or you might burn yourself. The heating loop is visible on the underside of the pan (not embedded as it is in larger electric skillets), so place the pan on a Corningware counter protector or similar heatproof area.
When you want a one-pan breakfast, start by grilling a slice of buttered bread in the pan, then heating some Canadian bacon or pre-cooked sliced bacon. Finally, cook a seasoned whisked or whole egg and add a slice of cheese before assembling your open-faced breakfast sandwich.
The pan is small enough to clean and store very easily. Let it cool after use, rinse with water and wipe dry with a paper towel. The handle is removable, but I leave it assembled and ready to go. All told, the convenience of size is worth the minor design deficiencies.