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The Original French Chef Omelette Pan
Published January 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.
What’s the best pan for making an omelet?
list of products tested
What’s the best pan for making an
omelet? Most brands of cookware offer an 8-inch nonstick
“omelet” pan, but these are usually just smaller versions of
their full-size skillets, with upright sides that make it
difficult to turn and roll out a perfect omelet. Traditionally,
a French omelet is made in a shallow, curved pan of black steel,
which becomes seasoned and increasingly nonstick over time. We
began our search by testing a black steel pan, which heated
quickly and held its high temperature, turning out two-egg
omelets with precision. Unfortunately, this pan didn’t work with
our French Omelet recipe, which calls for a tight lid to help
cook the eggs through—the pan’s sharply sloping handle made it
impossible for lids to fit. Another disadvantage: Black steel
pans can never be washed with soap and must be dried completely
or they lose the surface seasoning that makes them nonstick.
Original French Chef Omelette Pan
Julia Child helped design this pan in the style of French omelet pans. The thick cast aluminum heats slowly and evenly, churning out perfectly cooked omelets every time. It’s the perfect omelet pan—but at this price, it had better be.
Enjoy Unique & Festive Recipes as Featured in:
"The Omelette Book"
From Lobster, Shrimp, Ham,
& Spinach, to Sweet Dessert Omelettes such as Chocolate, Chestnuts, Pumpkin, Lemon
AND MUCH MORE!
SEASON & CLEAN
OUR OMELETTE PAN
Why Buy an
Original French Chef Omelette Pan
The Pot Shop of Boston?
All French Chef Omelette Pans are made of very thick cast aluminum, but the finish varies. Most people seem to prefer the natural sand finish because it is porous and many people feel it holds the seasonings better. The black non-stick seems to be preferred by professional chefs. Please remember that the French Chef Omelette Pan is made of cast aluminum which is a relatively porous metal. As such, it cannot attain a smooth perfect finish. Consequently, what might appear to be imperfections are not, but are part of virtually perfect cooking material.
You too can create the perfect
A true omelette pan is made of extremely thick cast aluminum. It is this massive amount of metal which allows the pan to be preheated to a very high temperature before tossing in the butter or other shortening for quick transfer of heat to the egg mixture, which then results in the perfect omelette - done in two minutes or less.
Kitchen detective: Gadgets for the cook on your shopping list
By Christopher Kimball, correspondent
Wed Dec 03, 2008, 02:46 PM EST
Each holiday season, I offer a roundup of our favorite kitchen tools and gadgets that are, if not utterly practical, at least likely to make cooking a bit more fun. Some are obscenely expensive, such as the $265 drip coffee pot (but this model far outpaced the competition), to small stocking stuffers, like the silicone spatula or best wooden spoon for under $5. It is a good bet that we will all be spending more time in the kitchen next year, so give a gift that keeps on giving. Happy holidays!
The best drip coffee maker: Technivorm Moccamaster KBT-741 automatic drip coffee maker with thermal carafe, $265 (www.sweetmarias.com) is hand-built in the Netherlands and has a heating element fashioned from copper that ensures that coffee is brewed at the proper temperature and for the right amount of time for the best extraction. Sure, it’s over-the-top pricey, but it makes a cup of coffee that blew away the competition.
When a blender is overkill: Aerolatte milk frother, $16.99 (www.amazon.com) is a lightweight mini-immersion blender (the size of a small screwdriver) that makes frothy milk for coffee drinks, whips hot chocolate, blends salad dressing or whips small amounts of whipped cream. Rinses clean quickly, and stores in a drawer.
Mini loose-tea teapot: The ingenuiTEA by Adagio, $14.90 (www.amazon.com) is an innovative mini (16-ounce) teapot, just the thing for lovers of loose tea. It brews a strong cup and keeps loose leaves in check with its ultra-fine mesh strainer. Tea flows through the bottom of the pot automatically upon placing it over a cup. Feet on the bottom of the pot lift it up to prevent its valve from accidentally opening. A swish of water cleans up spent leaves.
Protect counters from hot pans: Big HotSpot silicone counter cover, $18.75 (www.lamsonsharp.com) is a generously sized silicone pad that protects the countertop from sizzling pans, won’t skid out of place and can withstand the heat of a 500-degree pot. It doubles as a potholder.
Our favorite spatula: Tovolo silicone spatula, $9.99 (www.amazon.com) comes in bright blue, red, pink, green. Colorful, comfortable and useful for baking or cooking.
Julia Child omelet pan: The Original French Chef omelette pan, Model BFC8NS, $139.95 (www.potshopofboston.com) was designed by Julia in conjunction with the Pot Shop of Boston in 1963 for her own use. Made in the style of French omelet pans, its thick cast aluminum heats slowly and evenly, and the very shallow, curving sides help turn out perfect omelets every time. This model is the 8-inch nonstick model, the one that the test kitchen prefers.
Best electric griddle: BroilKing professional griddle, $99, item # RP780-3006FB, (www.jcpenney.com) is pricey but turns out even heat every time so your pancakes, French toast or bacon come out evenly browned. Great for a crowd when making breakfast or grilled sandwiches, since it has plenty of room, too. Easy to clean.
Best buy Dutch oven: The Tramontina 6.5 quart cast iron Dutch oven, Model #80131/504, $49.97 (www.walmart.com) is a great low-cost alternative to a pricey Le Creuset enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, which can run you well over $200. Perfect for stews and soups, deep-frying, baking crusty no-knead bread and stovetop-to-oven cooking.
Just the right tool: The Wusthof 7.5-Inch slotted turner/fish spatula, #4433, $29.95, (www.cutleryandmore.com) is a lightweight, slotted metal spatula perfect for fish. Sturdy yet nimble, this thin metal blade sports a comfortable handle and is ideal for moving anything from fish fillets to vegetables to cookies. Gives you surgical precision for lifting and turning delicate foods.
Perfect slices: The Forschner Fibrox 12-Inch Granton edge slicing knife. model 47645, $44.95; (www.cutleryandmore.com) if ideal for carving perfect, even slices from your holiday roast.
Inexpensive, well-designed mandoline: The Kyocera adjustable ceramic mandoline slicer, $22.95 (www.cutleryandmore.com) is easy to use, razor-sharp, adjusts easily and fits in a drawer. Plus the price is right.
The perfect scoop: The Rosle Ice Cream Scoop, $23 (www.surlatable.com) is a thin-rimmed stainless steel scoop that makes camera-ready balls of ice cream. It is also comfortable to hold and easily cuts through hard ice cream.
Best wooden spoon: Mario Batali’s 13-inch wooden spoon, $4.95 (www.surlatable.com) is strong but lightweight, with a comfortable grip and a broad, thin-edged bowl. It scraped and stirred its way to the top. Beechwood with a mineral oil finish makes it smooth to the touch and nice-looking, too.
Boil water in half the time: The Capresso Silver H20 electric kettle, Model 259.04, $59.95 (www.amazon.com or www.cooking.com) is sleek, attractive and incredibly fast, boiling a quart of water in just 4 minutes, 39 seconds. This clear-glass electric kettle is available with a chrome or matte finish.