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A T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Review Won't Answer These 147 Questions - Part 3 of 5

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★★★★★ A T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick review will not answer these 29 questions. Get the truth from people who own a T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick, including the fact that it won't...

This report about the T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick answers these questions

• Where are these skillets made?
• Will the pan be safe in a 425 degree oven?
• Will the bottom of this pan scratch my glass cooktop? If so what product is best for glass cooktops?
• Is the so called hump a standard feature with this pan.? I am confused what the purpose is.Please advise and thanks.
• Has any one experienced the coating coming off the bolts? I only hand wash with the soft side of the sponge and dry immediately with a towel.
• Does the skillet have a hump in the middle
• What is the inside diameter of the 10.25" pan at the lid surface? My previous pan's lid might fit.
• Can I use metal utensils (i.e. metal flipper) on this pan?
• Does this pan come with a glass lid?
• I just got this pan. After cleaning with soap and water, a small amount of black residue comes up when I wipe it with a paper towel. Is this normal?
• This frypan is domed in the centre, are they all like that or could I get a flat one?
• Is the cooking surface intended to be uneven, and sloped to the outside of the pan?
• Is this made in france?
• Is your pan surface perfectly smooth? Mine just arrived and it has a fairly deep indentation in the shape of a rounded L. It's about 7mm long.
• What is the dimension of the FLAT part of the BOTTOM of the 8" pan? I want to use it on an induction burner with a 7" diameter, and it matters!
• Is this POFE free? the link to is says yes but it doesn't say so in any part of the description
• What is the measurement of the flat part of the pan where the food is cooked? Im mostly buying this so I can cook multiple strips of bacon in a pan.
• Does the current model have the hump? I really don't want a hump, I want this perfectly flat.
• What is the difference between the t-fal e93808 and the e9380864 at twice the price?
• Heat pan with the thermo spot with or without oil in the pan
• Will the bottom scratch glass top stove?
• I noticed that the nonstick has scratched and chipped some from using metal utensils. Wondering if mine is defective?
• Will the vollrath optio 12/1-2 lid cover be good on this pan...it's all stainless, fits many pans, etc.
• Please tell me; does the pan need to be "treated/seasoned" before use? If so, What needs to be done to it? Thank you very much!
• Is it ptfe and pfoa free?
• I do not understand the thermospot idea. If I want an omlette, the cooking temperature is a LOT lower than for a seared steak. Explain?
• Where is this made?
• How tall are the sides of the 12" saute pan?
• Is it safe to use this pan with a glass top range



QUESTION: WHERE ARE THESE SKILLETS MADE?
MADE IN CHINA
Sorry to report that the written information that came with the skillet says: Made in China. Included is: T-fal is a registered trademark of TEFAL S.A.S.FRANCE 74150 RUMILLY/FRANCE
They are a French company. They don't list their manufacturing sites. Here is their history: http://www.tefal.co.uk/About/History/TEFAL+History.htm
Pan does not have a "Made in" mark and i did not save the paperwork.
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QUESTION: WILL THE PAN BE SAFE IN A 425 DEGREE OVEN?
It states, oven safe to 350.
The T-fal website states "Oven safe to 350°F."
It depends on the type of handle that is on the pan. The instruction manuals reads: T-fal cookware with plastic handles, with or without metal inserts is oven safe to 350 d/F- 175 d/C. Cookware with stainless steel handles with silicon inserts is oven safe to 450 d/F-230 d/C. T-fal cookware with handles made completely out of aluminum or Stainless steel is oven safe to 500 d/F-260 d/C. Do not use any cookware under a broiler, unless it has stainless steel handles, that do not include silicon inserts, is broiler safe. T-fal cookware with handles that have soft-touch translucent portions are NOT oven safe. T-fal customer relations helpline: 1-800-395-8325 US/ 1-800-418-3325 Canada The 12" T-fal pan I received has the soft contact handles. Hope this helps you some.
No. The T-Fal E93808 pan is oven-safe to 350 F according to the manufacturer's specifications.
I don't think the handle is designed to stand that temperature in an oven. The pan would be fine, but the handle has a moulded silicone/plastic insulating sleeve that is not removable, and may not withstand 425 degree heat.
I wish I could answer your questions. The pan was a gift so I don't know.
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QUESTION: WILL THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAN SCRATCH MY GLASS COOKTOP? IF SO WHAT PRODUCT IS BEST FOR GLASS COOKTOPS?
They say it's ok for induction so it's unlikely to scratch glass
It shouldn't. I've had a couple different glass tops without issue.
I'm not 100% sure, but I really don't think so. The bottom is metal (maybe aluminum?), but has rounded edges. I think you'd be ok.
This is part of a gift that I shipped to a friend. I do not have a clue about that.
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QUESTION: IS THE SO CALLED HUMP A STANDARD FEATURE WITH THIS PAN.? I AM CONFUSED WHAT THE PURPOSE IS.PLEASE ADVISE AND THANKS.
If you are referring to the red circle yes. When the pan heats to the proper temperature the arrows disappear and you just see a red circle then you know it is time to place your meat in the pan.
Hump? Nor sure but the middle of the pan, the red circle, turns to a solid red when heated. I pretty much pay less attention to the heat sensor though, just go by instinct
Not sure what you refer to as 'hump'. If you refer to the slight convexity of the pan; then yes it appears this is standard. However I find that cooking with this pan does not differ from any other pan I have. The thermo-spot may be useful to others but I pay little attention to it. If one is new to cooking this may be a useful feature.
mine does also. now I realize why. its the best fry pan I have {I also have an allclad pan, but prefer the tfal
it's not really a hump. it's a temperature-sensitive insert that is within the construction of the pan. as the pan heats to a certain temperature, the insert loses it's red coloration, informing you the pan is hot enough to sear food, instead of holding you hand over the pan to gauge the heat. just a handy aid to let you know the pan is hot.
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QUESTION: HAS ANY ONE EXPERIENCED THE COATING COMING OFF THE BOLTS? I ONLY HAND WASH WITH THE SOFT SIDE OF THE SPONGE AND DRY IMMEDIATELY WITH A TOWEL.
Like you, I have trained myself to carefully hand wash with nothing more than a sponge and hot water. So far, this is the best non-stick pan I have ever used.
I have an 8 inch and a 12 inch and have had no issues.
no, nothing is happening to mine - I do the same type of washing and entire pan still looks new.
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QUESTION: DOES THE SKILLET HAVE A HUMP IN THE MIDDLE
Hi James. It's not really a hump, but the red heat indicator is right in the middle, and I would think the problem of not being flat is related to that. I remember reading another review on Amazon that referred to it being the culprit, but like I said in my own review, I was hoping someone at T-Fal and Amazon were paying attention and tending to the defect before selling more. Evidently, that was not and is not the case.
no hump in the middle. I use the little fry pan every day. It is definitely good (cooking and cleaning). I don't pay attention to the red heat indicator.
No hump. This skillet has the red design that T-fal puts uses. But the surface is flat. I think I read that when the red dot turns dark it is hot, but I don't use that to determine that it's hot enough - if water drops dance, it's ready.
No it just looks like that in the picture. Bottom is flat. Great pan.
No hump, bottom is flat. It is a really nice fry pan in my opinion.
Absolutely, mine came that way, did not heat evenly, and the thermo-spot indicator wouldn't reliably change color. I'm giving T-fal another chance as I have returned the first one for an exchange.
Yes, there is a hump. Butter, eggs all run to the side.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE INSIDE DIAMETER OF THE 10.25" PAN AT THE LID SURFACE? MY PREVIOUS PAN'S LID MIGHT FIT.
12.5 I'm using my 12" Cuisinart lid
Precisely 13.375" Inside diameter at the top.
OOps! Cancel that answer, I have the 12.25 diameter pan and the ID is 12.375" at the top, not 13.375" Sorry bout that.
12.5"
I just measured it and it's 12.5 "
I just use one of my pot lids if I need one
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QUESTION: CAN I USE METAL UTENSILS (I.E. METAL FLIPPER) ON THIS PAN?
The pan seems sturdy enough that if you weren't scraping and scratching the pan with metal utensils, it probably would be okay. However, the safest answer would be no, not to use metal utensils.
The instruction book says you can but i would not if you want the teflon to hold up for many years.
I would not recommend it. My brother uses metal ( but it may have been a knife) and his pan has scratches in the bottom.
It is always best to use wooden or silicone or plastic utensils in ANY non-stick surface pan.
I don't use metal. I don't think this is considered teflon, but I don't want to scratch the surface.
I don't use metal. I don't think this is considered teflon, but I don't want to scratch the surface. I LOVE these pans, however, and much more so than any non-stick skillet I've owned.
I wouldn't use metal it will scratch it in a matter of time, i bought a inexpensive silicone set Silicone Kitchen Utensils Cooking Set by Utensile Includes 5 Pieces Non-stick Cookware Gadgets - Spatula/Turner, Spoonula, Mixing Spoon, Slotted Spoon, Ladle and they work nice
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QUESTION: DOES THIS PAN COME WITH A GLASS LID?
No lid. That would be my only complaint with this pan. Love it otherwise
No
No
Mine did not have a lid. I did not check to see if one is available for separate purchase.
no... but i dont recommend this pan because of warping issues
I bought the Nordic Ware Restaurant 8 inch Brushed Stainless-Steel Lid for the T-fal Professional 8-inch Fry Pan, it is not glass, but it fits perfectly.
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QUESTION: I JUST GOT THIS PAN. AFTER CLEANING WITH SOAP AND WATER, A SMALL AMOUNT OF BLACK RESIDUE COMES UP WHEN I WIPE IT WITH A PAPER TOWEL. IS THIS NORMAL?
I did not encounter black residue immediately after purchase, only if I didn't scrub hard enough after cooking with it.
That sounds a bit odd. It did not happen to me. I would wash it again, and if you get residue the second time, contact the manufacturer and return it. It is possible you got that one in a thousand defective pans. Teflon sometimes comes off when it should not. You should not eat Teflon Teflon may come off at high temperatures. When you use the pan it is a good idea to keep the temperature maximum below 500 degrees.
I did not have this problem ever. But I do not use anything harsh to scrub my pan with. Soap, water, a soft scrubbie.
I'm sorry I can't answer your question directly as someone I live with washed this pan and used it before me. However, I have heard of this happening and I stand by T-fal pans. I hope other people weigh in on this one so you can determine if you need to exchange/return. Another idea is to see if it continues or whether the residue came off and ceases to keep coming off. Best of luck! Sorry I'm not able to be of more help.
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QUESTION: THIS FRYPAN IS DOMED IN THE CENTRE, ARE THEY ALL LIKE THAT OR COULD I GET A FLAT ONE?
Ours does not have a domed center. Did you heat it to a high temperature before putting something in it? These none stick pans don't like being treated like that.
My pans do not have a dome in the center. I have two of them and have no trouble. They are excellent pans.
Mine is flat that I bought.
Mine is flat, not domed that I can tell.
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QUESTION: IS THE COOKING SURFACE INTENDED TO BE UNEVEN, AND SLOPED TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE PAN?
no really sure what you mean. The edges do come out over further then the bottom of the pan. Cooks Illustrated magazine gave it great ratings. I love ours and it can go from the stove top into the oven which is great too. Awesome for the price!
No, My eggs fry in the center of the pan. I found out with a level that my cooking grate on my gas stove was not level. I re leveled it and all was good.
My pan is even to the edges and then slopes, it cooks fine but all skillets seem to have "hot" spots on the surface. I don't see an uneven surface. Its a good pan, better than most.
I have two of these (12 & 8") and both of them have interior bottoms -- cooking surfaces -- that slope a degree or two away from the red center to the pan wall. I don't like this and would prefer no slope at all. If you are using a small amount of oil it will always roll to the outside making sautéing of delicate foods, e.g. fish or greens, a bit tricky. (And yes my range top is perfectly level.) But I choose to deal with it because the pans are so good in every other way and I can't justify the more expensive options. Hope that helps.
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QUESTION: IS THIS MADE IN FRANCE?
No, it is made in China.
Dee and Jay are right. I just looked at the instruction card that was wrapped around the pan, and it says: Made In China.
the packaging said made in China It says also No PFOA No Lead No cadmium Hope this helps
Everyone saying it is made in China are incorrect. The saute pan is made in France.
Made in China
MADE IN CHINA
Don't know
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QUESTION: IS YOUR PAN SURFACE PERFECTLY SMOOTH? MINE JUST ARRIVED AND IT HAS A FAIRLY DEEP INDENTATION IN THE SHAPE OF A ROUNDED L. IT'S ABOUT 7MM LONG.
I am not sure how to respond because my pan has no indentation. There is a small red circle in the center of the pan but there is no indentation. Perhaps you should exchange the pan or at least talk to someone at Amazon.
Mine had no indentations. It's a matte finish sort of smooth but certainly no indentations!
Not sure if you are referring to the cooking surface or the bottom of the skillet. The internal surface of my skillet is smooth. No indentations like you describe. And the bottom is perfectly flat, meaning that it doesn't rock if I place it on a flat surface like my ceramic cooktop. It is not smooth, however, as there is a pattern on the bottom surface.
The only thing in the interior of my pan is a red spot....other than that, it's smooth and flat. My advice is to call Amazon for an RMI so you can return it for a replacement.
No, no deep indentation. 7mm? Isn't that approximately 1/4 of an inch? Not sure if you mean deep or long....at any rate, my pan has a smooth surface with the red thermo-disc indicator on it.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE DIMENSION OF THE FLAT PART OF THE BOTTOM OF THE 8" PAN? I WANT TO USE IT ON AN INDUCTION BURNER WITH A 7" DIAMETER, AND IT MATTERS!
actual flat part is 5&1/2" with 1/4" [not quite flat ] sloping away from the flat part.
The actual part of the pan that touches the burner is 8-1/2 inches but it does conduct the heat better so it should still work on a little smaller burner.
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QUESTION: IS THIS POFE FREE? THE LINK TO IS SAYS YES BUT IT DOESN'T SAY SO IN ANY PART OF THE DESCRIPTION
Define POFE? This pan is PFOA (perfluoro-octanoïc acid) free. Multiple laboratories have tested T-fal non-stick cookware
I can tell you how well this pan cooks and how easy it is to clean, but I am not qualified to answer questions concerning the material make-up of it.
PFOA is a chemical coating that began with industrial use in the 1940's and later applied to cookware. It is a toxicant and carcinogen that can be linked with increased cholesterol, chronic kidney disease and other ailments. It is found in 98% of the U.S population. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid. Gotta be a good thing these pans don't have it!
If you are referring to a port of entry fee, I did not pay one (that I am aware of). Note: I live in the US. I did research the best vendor to buy this pan from and found Amazon had the best price for me. The pans are recommended by Cook's (America Test Kitchen) which I am a fan of so if there is a fee, if it is not too much, I would buy it. I have the 10 and 12 inch and they are the only ones I use now for sautéing.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MEASUREMENT OF THE FLAT PART OF THE PAN WHERE THE FOOD IS COOKED? IM MOSTLY BUYING THIS SO I CAN COOK MULTIPLE STRIPS OF BACON IN A PAN.
9 inches
You could fit probably 6 pieces of bacon in the bottom easily, if you wanted each piece to lay flat.
Just measured and it appears to be about 9.5".
9 3/4 inches - this measurement is from America's Test Kitchen (Cook's Illustrated)
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QUESTION: DOES THE CURRENT MODEL HAVE THE HUMP? I REALLY DON'T WANT A HUMP, I WANT THIS PERFECTLY FLAT.
This pan is very flat at the bottom. I use it ti make pancakes, pannies, 3 grill cheese sandwiches at one time. I use this TFal pan 4x a week because I like it so much.
The T-Fal pan is perfectly flat inside. Love it!
We recently bought two through Amazon. Kept one and gave one as a gift. Both were perfectly flat. We use the pan daily for all types of meals. Extremely nonstick, especially when cooking eggs. Not expecting it to last forever, due to high usage, but a great value for a flat non-stick pan
Can you be more specific
We recently bought two through Amazon. Kept one and gave one as a gift. Both were perfectly flat. We use the pan daily for all types of meals. Extremely nonstick, especially when cooking eggs. Not expecting it to last forever, due to high usage, but a great value for a flat non-stick pan
It does not have a hump that I can detect. That being said the butter, oil, etc... does move to one side of the pan because my stove is not perfectly level so I may not be the best person to ask.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE T-FAL E93808 AND THE E9380864 AT TWICE THE PRICE?
Hello, There really isn't much difference. The cookware is manufactured in batches; all of the cookware begins with E9 and depending on when it was manufactured the other numbers will follow. Hope this answers your question! Thanks for your interest.
I don't know and I can't find the e9380864 on this website.
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QUESTION: HEAT PAN WITH THE THERMO SPOT WITH OR WITHOUT OIL IN THE PAN
I'm not totally sure what you're asking, but if you're asking if you should heat the pan with or without oil in it, it depends on the oil you're using (since they have different burning points) and what you're cooking... so this is more of a cooking question than a product question. However as for the product, this pan, in my experience, can handle either (heating with or without oil and I've done both), though I've only used small amounts of oil to coat the pan. Obviously this is not meant for deep frying.
Either way. It is a non-stick pan, but one can use oil or grease if desired.
I always heat the pan and then add oil, especially if I'm using olive oil.
either. I've done it both ways. You won't need much oil, but i usually add a little.
If you are asking "can I heat the pan with or without oil?" I will say that I have done it both ways and haven't had a problem. If I know I am heating the oil before adding food I will add the oil as the pan is heating. It really depends on the type of oil I am using and the food I am cooking.
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QUESTION: WILL THE BOTTOM SCRATCH GLASS TOP STOVE?
Not if you use it properly. I have a glass top and I have no problem with that.
I have a smooth top stove and I have experienced no scratches from the pan.
I would say no. I had a ceramic stove until just recently and never had a problem.
Not to my knowledge. I have an induction cooktop, and have no problem with any of this line scratching.
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QUESTION: I NOTICED THAT THE NONSTICK HAS SCRATCHED AND CHIPPED SOME FROM USING METAL UTENSILS. WONDERING IF MINE IS DEFECTIVE?
I would never use metal utensils on that surface ... No scratching on mine.
I am not sure about defective but as a normal use metal utensils should not be used, I do not use any metal utensils and my nonstick looks like new. you could try contacting T-Fal and see if they will honor a return due to defective coating.
All Teflon coated pans will do that. Teflon is nonstick because it doesn't chemically bind to anything. It's only mechanically stuck to the metal surface of the pan and will eventually fall off (into your food). Use wood or plastic utensils. Metal utensils will shred the Teflon much faster than wood or plastic. Also never use high heat, only medium or low heat.
You should never use metal utensils on any nonstock cookware. The item isn't defective.
I am sorry but I believe you are not suppose to use metal utensils with any teflon pans. Perhaps the manufacturer can replace it if it is fairly new. There must be something in the documentation to not using metal utensils.
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QUESTION: WILL THE VOLLRATH OPTIO 12/1-2 LID COVER BE GOOD ON THIS PAN...IT'S ALL STAINLESS, FITS MANY PANS, ETC.
Would be happy to answer this BUT I didn't buy the lid. Very nice option though...
I'm afraid I can't answer your question. I don't use that lid. I will say that the pan is excellent in every respect.
I don't know
Farberware Cookware Glass Replacement Lid (amazon)
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QUESTION: PLEASE TELL ME; DOES THE PAN NEED TO BE "TREATED/SEASONED" BEFORE USE? IF SO, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IT? THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
yes it does need to be seasoned. hand wash in soap and water dry completely. place on burner no higher than medium heat when the pan comes to temp put oil in about 1/4 cup and heat for a few minutes. don't let oil smoke. then discard oil wipe out pan and let cool down. your are good to go. do not stack to store. I hope you enjoy it is a wonderful pan. love, love, love it.
The pan comes with instructions to clean and then heat with some oil. After that, it does not have to be seasoned again.
No the pan needs nothing put on it.
Yes and it's very simple put it on low heat for about 30-40 sec then a dab of oil and spread around and you do it about every 10 washing's do not put it in dishwasher
I believe the directions advised wiping with a little oil, but you can verify that on the cardboard package. Hope this helps.
According to the instructions a layer of oil (some oil on a paper towel is put on the pan) every few weeks.
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QUESTION: IS IT PTFE AND PFOA FREE?
I can't say for sure, but my guess is that it is not. I went to goggle and you can find ptfe and pfoa free pots and pans and one link even took me to Amazon, where a number of utensils are shown.
Do not know
I have no idea what you are asking.
???????...I'd contact the manufacturer.
don't know
Sorry, I have no idea...............
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QUESTION: I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE THERMOSPOT IDEA. IF I WANT AN OMLETTE, THE COOKING TEMPERATURE IS A LOT LOWER THAN FOR A SEARED STEAK. EXPLAIN?
I don't use the thermo spot, to me it's more of a gimmick, I guess if your a rookie cookie then it might serve some purpose. To answer your question I would just say if you really need the spot for an indicator ignore it for those low temp cooking applications, if you need a hot pan for something like searing a steak ( personally I would never fry a steak in this or any skillet) then use the thermo spot. To me it's not a deal breaker because I really don't use the indicator. Hope this helps.
When I cook eggs I do not use the Thermospot feature.However I do use it when cooking meat.
I don't use it, I never noticed that it changed it anyway so it must be very slight. I just use my own judgment as to when the pan is hot enough.
I don't understand it either. I'll be interested to see what other responders say.
No matter what you cook, the pan you use needs to be preheated. Just use it like any other pan.
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QUESTION: WHERE IS THIS MADE?
the website is intentionally vague inferring that "some" are made in France..i assume the some are from China.
I don't know, probably China?
Sorry, I don't know the answer to that at the moment. It might be included somewhere in the description or on the pan itself.
According to their website their products are manufactured in France.
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QUESTION: HOW TALL ARE THE SIDES OF THE 12" SAUTE PAN?
Taking a measurement from the top edge to the bottom edge of the pan is about 2 1/2 inches. Overall the pan is about 1 1/2 inch deep.
1, and 3/4 inches measured form the glass cook.top to the top of the lip.
The sides are two inches from bottom to top edge.
Measuring from the stovetop to the top edge of the side, the 12" pan is about 2" deep. If you want a deeper pan, T-fal also makes a 5 quart non-stick pan which is about 3.5" deep. I have both. They each have their purpose.
about 2 inches, not a sauce pan a saute pan which is shallower than a regular frypan.
Measuring vertically with a ruler outside the pan, it is 1 3/4 in from top edge of pan to bottom of pan. Measuring inside the pan, it is about 2 in deep (sloping sides).
Not tall enough I purchased this for frying loose burger & sausage side should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch higher The skillet is about 1 1/2 inches deep. Other than that seems to be of good quality.
2 3/4 inches, they slope inwards.
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QUESTION: IS IT SAFE TO USE THIS PAN WITH A GLASS TOP RANGE
I have a glass range and this pan works great. Most aluminum pans warp and don't set flat anymore but this pan has some kind of extra steel plate on the bottom and so far it hasn't warped.
yes. do not preheat on high though. preheat on medium, just need a small amount of oil (1 tsp)
Works great on mine!
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The ASIN is B000GWG0T2

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