Carote Cookware is one of the best selling pans on Amazon. While the brand is relatively unknown in America, they are quite popular in Asia. According to the online sources, they have been manufacturing cookware for over 20 years. In Asia, there is a much more rich combination of colors and design. However, in the states, we are limited only to the wood grain and granite pan pattern. Combine that with the almost nonexistent marketing they do, most people never heard of it. While it does have some issue, for the price, its one of the best stoneware nonstick cookware on the market. This review will take a closer look at the design and features of Carote Cookware.
|Categories||Carote Nonstick Frying Pan|
|Oven Safe||350 Degree Fahrenheit|
|Country of Manufacturer||China|
|Thoughts||In terms of price and performance, you cannot really beat them for what you get. While they are not really known in the states, they are popular in Asia. The only downside is that they do not have a lot of customer support in the states.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Carote Nonstick Frying Pan Set/Fry Pan Set/Cookware Set,3-Piece,8-Inch 9.5-Inch and 12-Inch,Black|
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Carote Cookware Design
This section will talk about the various design and features of Carote Cookware. We will see what was done right and what was done wrong.
While the handle looks like wood, the actual material is plastic. These handles have a nice and comfortable feel to it. It’s soft and surprisingly ergonomic. Since its plastic, it will also stay cool to the touch on the stove top. The issues with plastic handle is that there is a upper limit on the oven safe temperature. For this pan, it has a limit of 350 degree Fahrenheit.
Curious about the construction, I looked up the spec sheet online and found that its made of bakelite. Bakelite is one of the first synthetic plastic product. In the past, they only come in brown color and vintage bakelite products are considered to be collectibles. These day, bakelite plastic arent really used that often. Quite interesting that they use that for the handle.
The skillet resembles that of a traditional french skillet. They are perfect for tossing food with your wrist. The issue is that this technique requires practice. If you are not skilled at this, you need to use a spatula. In these situation tall sidewall gets in the way. Not only that, these tall sidewall promotes condensation of steam.
This will increase the chance that food will steam instead of sear. The good thing about these pans is that they are perfect for Omelette. A rounded interior and tall sidewall means that rolling and flipping is easier.
These pans lack any sort of pouring lip. If you try to drain liquid, expect it to leak down the side.
Carote Cookware Nonstick Coating
The nonstick coating is swiss made. I tried to find who the manufacturer was. The closest I found was by a brand of ILAG, swiss quality coating. This is their catalog for the coating. According to the advert on amazon, they are the same company.
This coating does not appear to be teflon. Most likely it is ceramic. A lot of manufacturer these days like to advertise it as “Healthy”. What that really means is that they do not use PFOA, which is a chemical pollutant. The problem with that is that these type of cookware generally do not last very long.
Ceramic has other issues such as ductility. They cannot flex and expand as well as teflon. Overtime, they will develop micro tears reducing its overall nonstick ability. The upside to this is that they do not release toxic fumes like teflon will.
To prolong the life of the nonstick coating, follow the same precaution as you would with any nonstick pan. Never use any metal utensils or over heat the pan. Those are the quickest way of destroying the pan. You can temper the heat of the pan by always adding oil to a cold pan. If you see smoke coming from it, you overheated the pan.
For a pan to be induction compatible, it needs to have a magnetic pull. Since aluminum has a weak magnetic pull, manufacturer will often time put a stainless steel base. This stainless steel base makes the pan heavier and improve overall heat distribution. While stainless steel are known for their poor heat distribution, they compensate by making it really thick. The thicker and heavier it is, the more even the heat distribution. The added heft also improves the overall heat capacity of the pan. This helps sear food better. Usually these base are added cost that will increase the price of the cookware.
The lid is made of glass so that you can look inside when cooking. The issue with these lids is simply durability. While you can look inside initially, once it steams, its pretty much useless. For that reason, an all metal lid is actually better. It does have vent hole to help let out steam.
The pan offers a 12 month warranty. While that is relatively short. My experience with nonstick warranty is that most are not honored. The manufacturer will claim that its your fault so its kinda pointless. It cost you more money to ship it in then buy a new one. In those instance, its best to just buy a new one.
Carote Cookware Thoughts
Carote Cookware is one of the most affordable cookware on the market. While there are other similar products, they seem to be the oem distributor of this design. From the construction to design, they are truly great for what you pay. I imagine that if they release the different color variation in the state, they will flourish. If you are looking for a nonstick pan, these are the way to go.
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