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Cast Iron Pan Killer? The New KitchenAid NITRO Carbon Steel

Alright, call me skeptical, but are the new KitchenAid NITRO Carbon Steel pans really that good? They’re making some big promises – think a pan with the best parts of cast iron, stainless steel, and non-stick. Sounds too good to be true, right?

So, What’s The Deal With Nitro Carbon Pans?

Basically, KitchenAid says they’ve figured out how to make carbon steel rust-resistant. Now, if you’ve used carbon steel before, you know that rust is the big downside. It’s a pain to deal with. KitchenAid claims some kind of high-tech “nitro heat technology” makes these pans much more durable than your typical carbon steel.

They also say these pans are:

  • Versatile: Like a cast iron workhorse for searing, but lighter like stainless steel.
  • “Non-stick-ish”: They say you can get a non-stick-like surface after you season the pan well.
  • Built to Last: Compatible with all stovetops (even those fancy induction ones), oven-safe, and built to handle a beating.

This Dude’s Take

When ever a company rolls out a new shiny thing, I’m pretty skeptical. And KitchenAid® is rolling hard on the promises with this new pan.

Here are some of the bullet points on these pans:

  • Combines lightweight design, superior heat distribution and nonstick capability.
  • Nitro heat treatment seals surface of pan to prevent rust.
  • 22% harder than traditional carbon steel pans.
  • 50% lighter than cast-iron pans.
  • Can be seasoned to develop nonstick performance without synthetic coating.
  • Cast stainless-steel handle has hole for hanging.
  • Ideal for use on all cooktops, including induction.
  • Oven and broiler safe to 750°F.
  • Safe for use with metal utensils.

That all being said, here’s where I’m skeptical:

  • Will it really be as rust-resistant as they say? Carbon steel loves to rust.
  • Can anything truly replace that seasoned cast-iron cooking surface? I have my doubts.
  • Can it sear a steak? At 50% lighter than cast iron, how much heat can it really hold?
  • It is really metal utensil safe? There are plenty of warnings about not scratching it.

That said, I’m always down to try new cookware, especially from a reputable brand like KitchenAid. If these pans live up to the hype, they could be a decent choice for someone who wants the benefits of carbon steel without the upkeep hassle.

Who Might Love These Pans

  • Folks tired of battling rust on their carbon steel.
  • Anyone who wants a lighter-weight alternative to cast iron.
  • People who want a pan that works on any stovetop.

My pan budget it tapped for the minute with the purchase of my new American Kitchen frying pan, but if you decide to try these out, let me know what you think!

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