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Ultimate Frying Set
Product number: 12007004
Manufacturer: Fissler
List price: $477 (though discounted online)
Warranty: Lifetime
Dimensions: Pans: 11-3/4" x 19" x 2-3/4"; shield: 11-3/4" x 14-1/2" x 3-1/2"; spatula: 11-1/4" x 3" x 1-1/2"
Weight: 10 lb 2 oz; pans, each: 4 lb 3.2 oz; shield: 1 lb 7 oz; spatula: 4.5 oz
Composition: Stainless steel, aluminum, nylon
Other versions: 11" Crispy pan alone, 9.5" Crispy pan alone, 11" Protect pan alone, 9.5" Protect pan alone, 11" Clippix Spatter Shield alone
Made In: Germany
Type: Frying pan set
Color: Metallic, black
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet stovetop
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better infinitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop pot rack
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: expensive a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: The Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli once compared his voice to a thoroughbred horse – powerful and dynamic, but perhaps requiring a little more attention than a standard horse. We'll get back to that in a moment.

Fissler, the German pan and cookware manufacturer, wants to be sure you know that a steak is not an omelet. That is their way of saying you really need to have two distinctly different frying pans in your kitchen – a nonstick pan (for the omelet) and a high-heat pan (for steaks). To that end, it offers the Ultimate Frying System: an 11" Crispy Steelux Frypan, an 11" Protect Steelux Frypan, a Clippix spatter shield, and a Comfort turner.

The Crispy 18/10 stainless steel fry pan features Fissler's "Novogrill" bottom, a honeycomb texture for high-heat non-stick grilling and frying without the use of any oils. The company promotes it as a healthy way to grill indoors. The Protect non-stick pan, which is 100% PFOA-free, won a major European test for chip-resistance, durability, longevity, evenness, heat distribution, safety, ease of cleaning, and quality of coating after abrasion tests. The pans have wonderful handles that are easy to grip, and are shaped to provide a heat shield and keep your fingers from slipping. The bottom's of the pans feature Fissler's all-stove base – one of their hallmarks – which will never separate or warp, and can be used on all heating surfaces, including induction cooktops.

The spatter shield hooks into either frypan's handle and is a necessity for spatter-free frying. When the shield is placed in the upright position over the pan's handle, drips fall back into the pan. Finally, the set includes a large heat-resistant synthetic spatula, which will help you curb any relentless urges to use metal utensils on non-stick pans.

The set performed as expected and as promised. The pans heated evenly, cooked well, were restrained from spattering, and didn't scratch. The nonstick pan is absolutely nonstick, and while we were not outrageously rough with it, we didn't baby it either, and it showed no signs of wear.

With regard to our thoroughbred comment, it was occasionally a little challenging to get all the fried-on grease off the stainless-steel pan. Fissler suggests you deglaze the pan with water while it is still hot to prevent grease from sticking. If we had cooked a roast or something else that wanted a 20-minute rest, we would do that. But cooking a steak, where the resting time is barely long enough to get everything else on the plate – well, we didn't necessarily want to clean our pan right at that moment. We wanted to eat.

Fissler recommends a detergent and cleaning pads (Goodbye Detergent) if you're like us and want to tend to your thoroughbred after you've tended to your own needs.


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