Where am I going wrong?
Was so excited to get this pan and followed all the instructions for seasoning to the letter using the oven and stove top many times. Persevered with cooking and everything was sticking. Usually cook with olive oil but changed to rice bran. Was I not using enough oil? Cleaning after use became a hassle. Hot water, wooden spatula etc. The base looked lumpy as if food had burnt on to it. Feeling frustrated I went back to my old fry pans. Yesterday I tried again as I had to fry up a load of onions for a BBQ, so used lots of oil. The result was ano...ther sticky mess and I had to resort to removing it with a scrubber and elbow grease...no detergent. So what now? I'm again trying to do the stove top seasoning as it is difficult to fit the pan in the oven. I use induction, heating slowly and never take it past 6 when seasoning, but it takes about 15 minutes to heat up. Should I be adding the oil before fully heating it or when it is very hot? Where am I going wrong? Would value any feedback before I waste more time and the pan hits the bin!
Purchased in January 2019.
Australian made can't beat it!
These pans cook like cast iron but are steel. They are light and work on all heat sources. I have now brought four pieces and will continue to buy more. They come with multi life time warranty.
Purchased in May 2019 for $200.00.
This is it. No other.
- Non toxic low stick pan (not carcinogenic)
- Use with any cooking heat source including into the oven.
- Incredibly durable
- Aus made
- Great heat spread on pan surface
- Beautiful 1piece design
- Reduce landfill - you won't be throwing this thing out.
Cons...- Requires investment of your time to season well at the very start and occasional top-ups ongoing depending on what you've cooked or how somebody else cleaned it. I kinda-of now enjoy this exercise/activity. Like sharpening a good set of knives and making a decent coffee. Just don't expect instant behaviour. - Expensive. But then is it expensive given how long they last? - Heavy. My youngest finds it a two hand job to deal with the griddle. No flipping pancakes unless you've got some very strong arms and wrists. - Extended high temps might see the handle get a little uncomfortably warm. I just lightly wipe down with a damp sponge if this occurs. We own a couple of these. Would love to have the entire range. After purchase of the 1st pan I became quite disappointed with the product and had regret in purchase. However, after continuing with the seasoning I now "get" how these things work and they are truly beautiful non/low-stick cookware. It's a rare day for me to publish a positive review for a product or service. But this one is deserving.
The BEST Cookware!
We have seven Aus-Ion pieces at the time of review. The excellent engineering helps keep the handles cool, however because they are 100% capable of being used over fire, on the BBQ and in the oven, having a good pair of oven mitts handy is basic safety.
The pans are completely solid, there is nothing that could break or snap off. I love the fact there are no rivets to clean around or eventually leak as a point of failure. The one-piece design eliminates any point of failure. Initial seasoning is straightforward, care is both easy and no need fo...
Purchased in December 2018 at Solidteknics.
Buyer beware - very disappointing. Stick to real cast iron.
Crap product , rude service & refuse to honour warranty. After 12 months of seasoning the pan rusts if left in the dish rack overnight this is the result. Stick to real cast iron.
Purchased in August 2018 for $199.00.
Exemplary piece of Australian craftsmanship
This is a game changer in every word, it’s light , 1 piece Design , clean , use any where pan for which I would highly recommend it is exactly as stated on the site basically any kitchen I work in now i will be recommending.
Tips for seasoning follow the instructions go light on the oil Rice bran is what I used and give it at least 3 runs in the oven resting between runs.
Had 18 and 26 cm pans for 6 Months. Once seasoned per instructions pans just keep getting better. often cook in ceramic non stick pan at same time just to compare. The wrought iron pans win hands down. Always take the large pan when we travel. Often use it in xs of 200c for searing steak and no sign of warping. Would reccomend to anyone who likes cooking.
Love my new Aussie cookware
I bought the AUS-ION Satin 22cm Sauteuse Pan... and love it. It is a lot heavier than the cheap pans I've owned before but is so much nicer that it got it's own kitchen spot. It takes a good amount of work to seal it before use and you always have to remember to just wipe it out after and not use any scrubbing. I have used it in the oven and it still looks perfect. No warping, No melting. It makes a great little oven pie without having any other dishes used. I found the handle doesn't get hot if I use the smaller flame but the larger one that h...as more heat comes up the side and will heat it a little. No bolts to clean around or tighten is awesome and I love the Australia shape in the handle. Stuff does stick a bit but not that much that it bothers me.
Bought two pans, skillet and one a little bit larger? Very easy to use, still of course seasoning them, sure fried eggs tend to stick to every pan a little but then really stick! Countless seasoning etc, so now going back to real cast iron pans.
March 27th 2019 Update: Very average, liked the pans when first used, wow! Now after multiple seasoning, burning and sticking
The pans stick, stick after multiple seasonings, doing it now as we speak, easy to use pan, yes, sticky pans YES, can't even cook a fried egg or a piece of bacon, go back to ba...sics I guess stay with my "back up" real cast iron pans, a bit heavier but they are foolproof and work. April 22nd 2019 Update: Very average, liked the pans when first used, wow! Now after multiple seasoning, burning and sticking Pans are good, was using wrong oil to season them, now use rice bran which works perfectly, my stupid mistake, pans are fairly light easy to use, all in all worth the money, the handles can be a little warm but most manageable.
Best Skillet Ever
Solid teknics 26cm skillet/ frying pan is the best frying pan I've ever used. Just a little setting up to season with oil before you first cook in it. Then it's non stick and if you burn something or scratch a bit when cleaning just re season and good as new. The surface just gets better with use. Only criticism would be sometimes it's a little heavier than previous non stick pan. But so much better because it's pure and natural cast iron cookware. Nothing nasty!
They are very good pans , just a little of a pain to begin with as you need to season them but once this is done , they are excellent . Teflon Coated pans are carcogenic , it is worth the effort with these pans ..won’t have to worry about ingesting toxins.
March 3rd 2019 Update: The best cookware I have ever bought . Well done to this company.
While initially it is a bit of an effort to properly season the pans ( and gosh I learnt as I was going ) , really these are incredible the best pans.
Don’t make mistake I did however and let them soak...
Purchased in May 2018.
Great Pan - if you know how to season
We bought our Solidteknics pan from Everten.com.au
Ordered in morning, it arrived by courier the same day (been using them for years, they're a fantastic Aussie family business).
I use this pan for everything from searing steaks to frying eggs and vegetables. It just gets better and better with more use.
Highly recommend you perform the seasoning process that's available on Everten's blog. With a bit of patience you really achieve a natural nonstick and ability to cook at far higher temperatures than traditional nonstick pans.
Also love that Solidteknics is an Aussie company.
Will be buying another one soon
Didn't suit us
Being fed up with the lack of longevity of non-stick pans and after reading many reviews I decided to give this a go so ordered one through Kitchen Warehouse. It arrived well packed in a nice little callico bag with a booklet which I read (as I do with all new purchases). It said nothing in the book about having to season the pan (and I'm no pro chef) so I went ahead and browned some mince and made bolognaise. Well it turned out ok but after washing up the pan smelt so awful, like a tin can. I found this really off putting. So I spoke to someon...e at the company who told me the pan was supposed to be seasoned first (a reminder, nothing about this in the leaflet) so I did as instructed and in my opinion, it just ended up worse. It's more of a camping pan now. So if my youngest son goes camping maybe he can use it. I went back to a well known non stick pan and I'm really thrilled with that at this stage. I see that otters are thrilled with theirs, unfortunately this was a horrible waste of money for us.
I never thought I could have a love affair with a frying pan
When I was searching for a new frying pan to replace the expensive 'non-stick' set I came across Solidtecknics. I have used cast iron on campfires for several decades and the idea of the the Aus-ion really appealed. I needed something that I could use on the ceramic cook top and the Aus-ion fitted this criterion as well as being lighter than cast iron. I ordered the 26cm Skillet (I'm not really sure when) and when it arrived I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I had to curb my impatience as I wanted to season the pan according to the dir...ections. I loved this pan from the moment I first used it. However, after several uses I found that the bottom of the pan had warped a little and it rocked slightly on the ceramic cook top. My daughter has a gas stove so my first Aus-ion became a family heirloom after a few weeks. Not to be deterred I bought another skillet and started the seasoning process again. This time I was determined to keep the heat down and I have found that at half heat or less the pan works perfectly. My only worry was that my wife or son might use the pan and either heat it too high or worse, stick it under the cold tap while it was still hot. To stop this happening I put the Aus-ion under the expensive pans which are rubbish anyway in the hope they will just grab the first pan they find. Today I decided I'd look at reviews for stoneware pans. None that I found got consistently good reviews until good old Mrs Google threw up ... you guessed it, Solidteknics. So now I know what I am going to buy myself for Christmas.
- Verified purchase
I agree with all the other comments. I have the 26cm skillet. Australian designed and made from Australian steel. They are beautifully made and a pleasure to use. They are a very practical design, but also really attractive pans. I find this steel skillet is far less porous than the cast pans I use. I also don't get the "black residue" on food with this pan. All the benefits of cast with additional benefits. Very well priced for a lifetime product.
A small tip for those who are buying in shop. I would run my fingertips across the wh...ole cooking surface. They have a light season, but the surface is very smooth across most of the pan due to the way they are formed. You may find areas that are "furry" which is not quite as smooth. You should be able to pick the best pan by using this method. If you do have a little of that "fur" on your pan don't be alarmed. Once you have a few coats of seasoning on the pan (explained below), you will feel in your fingers this fur is fully covered by the seasoning. I found this very easy to season. It takes a little time, but very little work. I used the oven method with organic Flaxseed oil. Warm the pan to 60-80 degrees. Pour in a small amount of oil and hand rub into the surface of the base and sides of the skillet. Once rubbed in throughout wipe dry completely with paper towel. Place in oven and dial to 250 degree for 1.5 hours upside down. No drips as you've wiped dry. Let dry in the oven for 2 hours. Repeat this 5-6 times. You could repeat 20 times and the result will be amazing I am sure. This will be your go to pan!!
At last, perfect cookware
I stumbled across Solidteknics on kickstarter some years ago and was intrigued. Australian-made? One piece seamless? No rivets? Super conductive, can be used on all (yes all!) cooking surfacers including campfires, ovens and BBQs? Multi-generational warranty?
Heirloom cookware for handing down the generations? No more disposable toxic teflon pans with wobbly handles? And healthy as well? Hmnnnn.... and yes it's all true. A little effort seasoning the Aus-ion pans and they will re-pay by the non-stick truckload. And the noni saucepans ...
Everything I expected
Finally got myself a 30 and 26cm skillet. They look every bit as impressive in real life as they do on the net. They really are a piece of art. I took my time to season both pans, used sesame oil and even after only 5 heat ups they had a nice even dark coating. I use these privately on an induction cook top and because the are so conductive I rarely have to go above 7/10 on the heat and they are super flat on the heating surface so you get a perfect round simmer every time. I love these pans so much I now try to pick things to cook so they can...be done in these two pans. I have other more expensive cookware but they don't compare in the slightest and there's something about cooking in these pans that is just satisfying. If your looking to upgrade or just want to add to your arsenal then check these out you won't be disappointed. I'll be adding to mine again shortly. TB Mackay QLD
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Questions & Answers
How are these for making crepes, pancakes, fried eggs & omelettes?
just wondering if you have to season the bottom of the new satin skillet I have just brought
I am assuming your talking about the cooking surface if so I would say yes and include the entire top surface you don’t need much basically wipe on the oil it cannot run, I would also run through the oven 3 to 4 times ( yes the prep time getting the pans seasoned is a mission but you won’t regret it ) personally I prefer rice bran oil or flaxseed oil rice bran is cheaper to purchase.
I hope that helps
How do I re-season my skillet after a ‘helpful’ house guest scoured most of it off?
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