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So, here’s my story:
I’m from the US. I was intrigued by wrought iron technique over traditional cast iron. I backed the US campaign, getting the full set of wrought iron pans (no nonis). Shortly thereafter, and well before the shipping of the pan set (which still hasn’t shipped), they launched a second Kickstarter for the 14” Bigga. I was a little upset by this, since the full set including the Bigga was now like US$80 less than I would end up paying by backing the Kickstarters separately.
I voiced my concern, along with others, in the Solid...
Purchased for $500.00.
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Avoid like a plague
You will waste countless hours of time, gas and money trying to season and reseason these pans. I would give 0 stars for maintenance if I could! They extremely susceptible to rust. Not happy Jan!
Avoid at all costs and stick to using stainless steel or cast iron. After persisting in using these pans for a few months, they are destined for the scrap heap as the retailer would not accept the return.
Ordinary value to be honest
The pans are made from carbon steel which is like cast iron but stronger and lighter. I have to say that the pans are well constructed. However the handle design makes it very uncomfortable to hold as they dig into your palms. The economics of the handle could have been better designed.
The seasoning is quite thin but after cooking a few times, seasoning does get better.
If you were thinking of cooking anything acidic
like tomatoes based dishes, dont. I cooked some simple pasta sauce and it ate away at the seasoning and made surface rust ...
I love my Solidteknic Aus-ion pans, no more toxic non stick coatings for me.
I have the Bigga skillet, the 35cm wok, 26cm frypan, they are amazing. Just be patient and learn how to season the pans well or just start deep frying and cooking bacon. I love cooking with olive oil and a bit of butter.
Purchased in July 2017 at Kitchen wearhouse for $129.00.
Just LOVE these pans!
I first heard of SolidTeknics cast iron pans online, had a look and thought "one day I'll get one". By the time I got around to getting a pan, cast iron was not being made anymore. So I got satin wrought iron instead. And LOVE IT. Have had these pans for two years now and they are always my go to pans. Handles stay cool, unless they go into the oven, but hey, obviously. Not many other pans would be happy on a fire, or in the oven. Non stick, light weight, easy clean... what more could you want? The company also has more help and morals than any other company I can think of. Really you can't go wrong!
If you're serious about cooking, then Solidteknics is the only way to go.
I have bought many pieces of Solidteknics cookware - Aus-fonte cast iron, AUS-ION satin, AUS-ION raw, and Noni over the last few years. I couldn't possibly choose my favourite, they are all fantastic. Once you've used them you won't go back. Yes, you have to season them, and yes, you have to be a bit careful about cleaning them ie: drying them straight away, but really, they are almost indestructible. And, they're engineered to last for generations. What I love is that they're made from one piece of metal - no rivets, no joins, - and the ...handles stay cool. They are perfectly weighted so they're easy to handle and they feel great to touch. And, most importantly, everything that you cook in them tastes fabulous! Eggs, bacon, potatoes, fish, steak, pancakes, crepes, whatever you can think of, you can cook in a Solidteknics pan. There is also a great Facebook page with loads of ideas and support from other ST uses so if you get stuck with seasoning, or how to care for the pans, there is help ready to go + recipes. If you're serious about cooking, and enjoy the science behind it, you won't have any trouble caring for your Sokidteknics - it's all part of the experience.
Purchased in January 2016.
Close to cooking perfection - if you're prepared to change your cooking style and learn to season.
I stumbled across Solidteknics (ST) back in 2015 after throwing yet another teflon supposedly non-stickpan out into landfill (gee I was tired of that)! I thought there had to be something better and as I surfed around I started learning just how toxic (and unsustainably disposable) teflon-coated non-stick pans ) and cheap mass produced wobbly handled stainless) are.
I found ST had just launched their satin wrought ion pan range on kickstarter. They are the only cookware company currently manufacturing in Australia, and the satin and raw i...on pans are very similar in performance to cast iron but half the weight. (Every other pan in the country is imported). So very nervously I took the plunge and supported the kickstarter project, bought my first pan and joined the ST FB group (whose support and advice has been invaluable for me). And I slowly, after a few bumps along the way, learned to cook fresh, whole, healthy food properly and to value it as it deserves. I struggled a bit to start with - particularly with seasoning. But like anything worth while it took practice, perseverance and a bit of effort to re-learn years of old cooking habits and techniques - and the ST group on FB was fantastic help as I got the hang of it. There are a couple of things you must do with these pans that our great grand-parents all did naturally with their cast iron pans, before those skills got lost. Firstly, you need to learn to season the ion pans properly (its NOT instant non-stick like toxic teflon). And then you need to remember to pre-heat pans (a simple splash of water sizzling tells you pan is hot enough) and to learn that 'medium' is your new 'high' heat. Master those things and you are well on your way. (the Noni stainless range don't need seasoning). If you are the impatient, instant gratification type who does not want to put the time into learning new skills and you expect perfection from the get-go then stay away from these pans - IMHO they are not for you. But if you really wish to learn clean, healthy cooking with pans with longevity that don't hurt you or the planet then the trick is to be open-minded, re-learn old habits and persevere. Once you master it you will never go back.
Purchased in September 2015 at Kickstarter for $150.00.
The best frypan you can ever get
26cm Solidteknics Sauteuse Frypan: Yes, it needs to be seasoned first as it is not coated with a toxic non-stick coating. But the website gives really clear instructions, and I have never had anything stick to my pan since I seasoned it. Heat distribution is beautifully even so really easy to cook on. Sure, it's heavier than a lightweight cheap pan, but it's not as heavy as full cast iron, I can still flip things in it easily. No rivets makes it a dream to clean. The handle never gets too hot to handle due to the gaps in the handle near the pan. I really can't believe how good this pan is, and how much I love it! Treat it well, and it will treat you well, then it will treat your kids well and their kids well also!
Purchased in November 2019 for $149.00.
A little love needed but these are the only pans I'll ever buy again
We have an 18cm, a 30cm and a Bigga and we use them everyday! Eggs just slide around, pancakes the same and when cooking meat, the pans produce an amazing crust. After cooking I brush under hot water then back onto the stove to dry, occasionally I wipe a tiny smear of oil to keep them happy and they're ready for the next breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Purchased in January 2017.
I bought two of the 30cm Aus ion satin pans which arrived in December. Between then and now, they have been seasoned to the point that I can cook most foods, including eggs and pancakes, with no sticking at all. Cleaning the pan after cooking steaks, involves a light scrub with a soft scourer and hot water. I will NEVER use another pan! Apart from some slight sticking during the first couple of uses, nothing has stuck to this pan! I'm seriously impressed!
Purchased in December 2019 for $300.00.
My new favourite pan!
I have had my solidteknics pan for a couple of months now and I am loving it! I was initially daunted by the seasoning process... but while it takes a bit of time it is actually not that hard. This pan cooks so much better than any of my other cheap non-stick pans.
Purchased in November 2019.
My favourite cookware.
I have the Bigga and a lid which doubles as a crepe pan.
Both are seasoned and don’t stick. Handles ok on stove top but get hot when used in the oven.
Much lighter than Cast Iron and easier to use. Multipurpose cookware. Bigga can roast, bake cakes, or cook on stovetop. Lid can cook on the stove top or be a baking surface in the oven.
Purchased in July 2019.
Best Pans Ever!
I have used these pans now for 3 years and would not buy any other brand of pan. Follow seasoning directions and you are on your way to healthy eating (no toxic coating), great quality pans which are multi century. Do yourself a favour!
Purchased in October 2017.
A Future Family Heirloom
I bought my Solidteknics skillet when they were first released and it is my everyday pan. It’s light enough for a weak wristed woman, heats beautifully on a low temperature, perfect for meat or any fried or sauted food. Continued cooking builds up a lovely non stick seasoning and I keep the pan in good condition by occasionally giving it a light rub with olive oil after washing and drying. Highly recommended.
Love all my solidteknics pieces
Love these pans, they take a little bit to season, but nothing onerous, they are worth the investment as they will last forever, easy to use and season if you follow the instructions, they will loose a bit of seasoning if cooking acidic foods, but it’s a relatively easy task to remedy that. Just follow the instructions and check out their website for help, they are awesome and I wouldn’t buy anything else after having these
Purchased in August 2019 at Solidteknics for $499.00.
Fantastic for cooking eggs, meat, chicken and vegetables and veg burgers
Lighter than cast iron, handle doesn't get hot, has spoon holder built into handle
Follow seasoning instructions and use a little oil when cooking and the pan will last forever, sustainable
I have 2 of these that I use all the time and love (and a third that I bought s/h as an impulse buy and isn't a great shape for me). I really enjoyed the seasoning though and even though I am generally lazy I like caring for them and really appreciate them. Also I have never used teflon so these behave like a light cast iron which I have used a lot. If you don't like seasoning and expect them to be like teflon you may not like these. I did find the heavier pan (4mm) easier to season with a more powerful wok burner.
Purchased in June 2019 for $200.00.
Safe for birds
Review of cast iron and wraught iron pans.
Yes these take more work than a non stick pan but after an extremely sad experience where the family pet budgies passed away from a tiny bit of smoke (from a teflon coated pan so obviously was toxic to their delicate respiratory systems), I decided to invest in pans without any teflon or other coating that could wear away into our food and be ingested (we all see the non-stick pans lose their stick!) or cause potential harm to our other pets.
I'm still mastering the process of seasoning (there's help...
Won't be buying anything else
Once you get the hang of seasoning the pans it's dead easy and the fact they'll last multiple lifetimes makes their purchase a no-brainer.
As expected, the pans are heavy compared to your regular Teflon ones, but not as heavy as regular cast iron.
The handles can get a little hot sometimes, but only if cooking something on high heat with some decent pre-heating time.
If you purchase, don't give up on it early because the seasoning process really is easy once you get the hang of it.
Toxic fumes when seasoning and damaged my oven
Wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Worst customer service. Toxic smoke when seasoning. Don’t waste your money please it’s the worst product I’ve ever bought. They are heavy, expensive and don’t do what they are supposed to do.
Purchased in June 2019 for $400.00.
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Questions & Answers
I am interested in buying but concerned about the negative experiences. I would like to ask as seasoning is completely new to me if I do it wrong can I save the pan?
Sorry, not sure. I'd be interested to find out about resetting a pan as well. I haven't researched that yet.
Please know it is def not non-stick cookware like Teflon or similar, rather a low stick alternativewhich I find usually requires some oil or fat to prevent food sticking.
You really can't go wrong. Just follow the instructions, join the Facebook page where you can ask other users for tips, advice (and recipes), and try it. If it's not quite right, just do it again. Some people don't even bother seasoning, they just cook, cook, and cook some more and it basically seasons itself.
How are these for making crepes, pancakes, fried eggs & omelettes?
Hi Christine, as Ines kindly replied, our pans can perform excellently for crepes, pancakes, eggs etc - it all comes down to the seasoning. We have very detailed seasoning instructions on our website if you are new to seasoned iron - https://www.solidteknics.com/ironcare :)
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
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