The Saga of the Little Green Skillet
As Seen on TV
I love Teflon and all the new non-stick coating on everything from my kitchen pots to my clothes iron.
But– with hubby using all my pots and pans and skillets since he retired, they don’t live as long as they use to. He would just as soon stir scrambled eggs with a metal fork as a heat-resistant plastic spatula. With all that scraping and srubbing they just wear out!
So when I purchased the little green skillet to write a review, I hoped this would be the perfect pan for hubby too. If it doesn’t stick– No need for his scraping tools.
I wanted some alone-time with this pretty non-stick glaze before hubby brought his tools to the job. I’m telling you, that man loves wire scrapers and long handled metal spatulas. He really does and there is no reasoning him out of it.
If a skillet survives the cooking, it often dies during the clean-up. If it survives both, I know it’s a darn good skillet.
So following my orders! hubby agrees to leave my “green skillet as seen on TV” alone until I’ve finish several tests. I want to be the first one to use it for cooking and washing. That’s the only way to know for sure that hubby hasn’t already scrubbed all that pretty green stuff right off the pan’s belly.
I dribbled a little oil on the nonstick surface, (this will be the only time you need oil) smeared it around and waited for a medium heat to bring it to a little “smoke.” If any of you have a Cast Iron skillet, “seasoning” the green pan is similar to seasoning the Cast Iron skillet.
Just a note: Even if your Cast Iron skillet is mature or seeing the winter of its life, it’s good to season it every now and then. Mine is about 30 years old and looks brand new. Now, there’s a skillet made just for hubby! Here are instructions for–> Seasoning a Cast iron Skillet
Other than “seasoning” before the first use, The Green Skillet is not anything like a Cast Iron Skillet. I mean don’t fry eggs over a camp-stove during a weekend fishing trip with your new green skillet!
The REVIEW: This is a lightweight skillet with a dark green interior, non-stick base. And as shown on TV this little skillet did not stick at all! and that is without a dab of oil to saturate your dinner.
The first time I used it after seasoning, I allowed the skillet to warm up and cooked some fluffy scrambled eggs on the brand new surface. And slid them off easily as I tilted the pan and gave it a little shake.
Cooking without oil is a blessing for me. I have some health problems that create havoc if I eat oily, greasy foods.
The only problem I had was leaving the pan alone once the egg slid into the center. I wanted to lift the edge, take a peek, see if it was sticking. It did not stick and slid out nicely when the egg was done.
If you follow the instructions:
==>> Let the skillet do the cooking <<==
Until it’s time to turn the egg or whatever you are frying– it won’t stick. Don’t try to turn it over before it’s done. When ready to turn the “egg” use teflon coated spatula or egg-turner and slide them beneath the egg gently. Actually, with a little shake, the egg will slide right out of the pan.
After I wrote the Review and saw for myself that the green skillet does not stick and can fry an egg without oil, I also learned that Hubby can not use this skillet.
Hubby’s turn came and went and at first I thought my little green skillet was forever ruined. The bottom and sides were coated thick with slightly burned scrambled eggs. I thought I’d never get it clean.
Suddenly, I understood a few bad Reviews that I’d heard from others. “Threw it away!” “No good at all” “Sticks every time.” And by golly! It did stick when my husband used it.
I think I know why. Hubby is an “oil man.” No, not black-gold oil but more like Olive oil, or Wesson oil, or Corn oil.
==>> You must cook without oil with the little green pan <<==
If you really like oil as much as hubby does, you might want a cast iron skillet!
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