Review of The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11 Inch Square Grill Pan

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Calphalon is a well known brand that produces a wide range of kitchen appliances, cookware, bakeware, non stick units and the grilling pans of this brand are only some of the company’s many products. Calphalon are also famous for their patented infused anodization that allows the brand to produce semi nonstick surfaces that are supposed to be more resistant to heat and scratching.

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11 Inch Square Grill PanApparently, the non-stick surface of this item does make the pan easy to clean, but it doesn’t seem to be much different from the non stick surfaces of other appliances. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to use this nonstick grilling pan over high heat, because the high heat causes the food to stick to the surface and it’s also not rare to see the grease splattering all over the place if the temperatures are too high.

Despite the fact that the ridges in this design are quite shallow and not as sharp as other grilling pans, this product can still leave grill marks on the food, especially when the food is placed in the center of the cooking surface. However, there is no doubt that an improved design of this square grilling pan could have yielded much better results in terms of leaving stronger and more evident grill marks on the cooked food.

Although you should refrain from using this Calphalon unit over high heat, the grilling pan can still cook the food well and leave sear marks on it thanks to its even heat distribution. On the other hand, some people just don’t like the fact that you have to use it over low heat instead of high (that would certainly give it a more grilled taste and smell), and this may be a bigger issue for some people than for others.

Since this particular model is made of pure aluminum it is lighter than most other cast iron grill pans, but can therefore maintain its heat less good than the heavy metals that other grilling pans are made of. Moreover, while the ergonomic handle of this Calphalon product is supposed to stay cool during cooking times, it can get quite warm. So if you feel uncomfortable holding the handle of this kitchen item while cooking it is possible to use a potholder or cooking gloves.