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Ready for a hot take? Unless you’re cooking a multi-course meal or lots of side dishes the normal way, you really don’t have a huge pan set eating up precious real estate in your cupboards. You should really buy one instead, For real good bowl. In recent years, a handful of companies have released their viral versions of an all-in-one pan.†and I’ve tested (and generally liked) most of them. However, I recently received Cooking Light’s My Favorite Pan Cast Aluminum Pan and it’s officially game over.
I admit that when I first heard about QVC‘s dupe for those buzzier, more expensive pans, I was really skeptical. Dupes may be a great way to save money – which I always aim for – but the quality can be hit and miss. But after using this pan for a few weeks, I completely changed my tone. This, my friends, is the… nothing but pan you should have. Clocking in at 4.25 liters, it’s significantly larger (and deeper!) than my other multi-purpose pans, making it great for frying tofu cubes, creating a creamy sauce. cacio e pepeor cooking shrimp in a buttery garlic sauce. (It even comes with a deep steamer basket that’s perfect for veggies.)
Looking to expand your recipe repertoire beyond just sauces and steaming? The non-stick die-cast aluminum interior heats quickly and evenly, making it perfect for searing salmon or preparing quesadillas. In fact, the non-stick coating on the inside is my favorite thing about the pan. Unlike the other all-in-one pans I’ve tried – which are non-sticky at first but lose their shine after a few washes – Cooking Light’s pan has actually didn’t stick. Leftover ingredients slide off easily and I still have to scrape off stubborn food particles. (And since this pan and lid combo is dishwasher-friendly, I don’t even have to.) Don’t believe me? Only look how pristine mine is!
Combined with its five colorways, soft grip handle and glass lid that really lets you to see the food you cook, Cooking Light pan is the only pan I want to use. And if you’re not already sold on this dupe, I have to say it’s a steal. While most of the buzzing multi-function pans cost upwards of $100, The Cooking Light iteration costs just $44† Affordable and awesome?! Trust me, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy this pan sooner…
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