SeabrookTx Bill - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Shipping was free and fast and all products arrived in excellent condition. I bought a 12" covered fry pan, and 8" omelette pan and a 10" omelette pan, all internally coated with white ceramic. First off the bench, and the subject of this review, was the 10" omelette pan. As per instructions I "washed with warm, soapy (Dawn) water and dried thoroughly; heated to cooking temperature before adding butter or oil; did not use a spray applied cooking oil; and did not use metal cooking utensils". My results were fabulous. I used olive oil as my lubricating agent as I prefer the health benefits of it. After the eggs had thickened I went to lift a corner of the omelette to try to spread more of the still runny egg, and was amazed to see the whole omelette move so effortlessly and early in the cooking process. The omelette cooked quickly and evenly, and browned nicely. It flipped easily and slid out of the plan and onto my plate with nothing more than a tilt of the pan. Out of curiosity, and while the pan was still hot and the burner still on, I tossed in a slice of cheese. After it melted and bubbled up a bit I tilted the pan. The whole blob of molten cheese thinned out and ran down the pan like gravy without any prodding or help from me. I then set the pan aside and let it cool. When the cooled blob was prodded with the spatula it instantly moved, a bit slower due to the weight of the thicker mass, but in no way grabbing the surface of the pan. When the pan was turned the whole thing broke loose under it's own weight and plopped into the trash can. My takeaway is this is a great product at a great price. I think many people expect to be able to just take ceramic coated cookware out of the box and start cooking, and I think most commercials try to make it look that way with pre-oiled cookware. But my experience is it doesn't work that way with any cookware, and when some specify an initial break in or cooking procedure, do it. This pan still needed oil, but the less porous ceramic didn't seem to need as much. I don't know what impact heating the pan to temperature before adding oil plays into the mix, but Calphalon said do it and I did it. And based on my results, it's now a part of my regular routine. Not cooking with metal utensils is a no brainer and something I've quit doing long ago with all of my pans, so no problem there. Taken as a whole, I'd say the only regret that I have with this purchase is that I couldn't give Target and Calphalon a six star review.