One thing that I hate cleaning are dishes. Especially when it’s my turn to cook, I tend to use two or possibly three different skillets, each for a different purpose. So when I received the MasterPan, I figured I would be killing two birds with one stone. Come to find out I would be killing about 5-in-1.
The MasterPan’s design is honestly unique to say the least. Designed to use on your home stove-top, it’s made to cook yourself a complete meal. Because why would you want to use five pans when you can just use one? Here are some specs for the pan:
- 12 x 15 inch (32 X 38 cm) Aluminum Non-Stick Frying Pan
- Ergonomic Bakelite Handle – oven safe up to 180C (350F).
- Safe and Durable Xylan® Plus double layer non-stick coating by Whitford.
- No PFOA or Heavy Metals.
- Durable for everyday use.
- Dishwasher safe Non-Stick Coating.
- Stain resistant Non-Stick Coating.
- Easy to clean.
- Heavy gauge base for a balance heat flow. Higher heat in the center for grilling meats and fish while lower on the sides for frying eggs, vegetables, pancakes, etc…
- Efficient multi sectional design allows you to fry or cook 5-6 different foods all at the same time.
- Unconditional warranty against manufacturing defects.
- Standard 9.5 IN (24 CM) base plate usable on any size hob.
Now the box itself is a bit ridiculous as it shows five compartments, each with their own personal items separated. You’re able to cook your sausage and bacon in the center console which has grooves to give your meats that “fresh off the grill” look, while the four separate sections surrounding it are for smaller things such as eggs, hash browns, and whatever else.
Now, I don’t know who puts beans with their breakfast, or if you can evenly cook them with you meal in such a pan like this, but Masterpan has confirmed that it will indeed work.
MasterPan’s overall construction of the pan is nice and sturdy, as the 100% Die cast aluminum will hold up overtime, all while getting warm enough to make those meals you like. The upside here is that they did a bit of forward thinking by double layering the coating, making it not only stain resistant, but dishwasher safe as well. This was a BIG thing for me, because just last year along I purchased a set of new pots and pans for my home and close to a year later, two of them look as if I’ve had them since college. You won’t have that problem with the MasterPan at all, as I’ve made plenty of pancakes, as well as egg whites and I haven’t had an issue cleaning it off the pan at all.
My home has a solid plate grill, which runs from electric versus gas so cooking food is already somewhat of a chore compared to the standard gas so my main concern was evenly cooking food on the Masterpan. Because although the Masterpan works with solid plates, ceramic, gas, and radiant rings, direct heat typically works better on aluminum pans.
The pan itself isn’t deep by any means, with the height being about 1.5 inches, but it is about 14.5 inches wide in it’s cooking surface. I found this great for evenly cooking my bacon (because who doesn’t like bacon). Usually I have an issue with regular pans where I have to break my bacon in half because it curls around the typical round edges of traditional pans, but I can fit bacon strips on it now flat without having to.
The only issue I ran into is when it came to spatula use with the Masterpan. Being left-handed, attempting to flip items like burgers and eggs was a bit cumbersome, but you eventually get used to it.
This also means that the practicality of cooking an entire meal is based solely on the actual meal. As you know, eggs tend to cook a little bit faster than bacon, so you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep them all going at the same time and potentially overcooking certain things, especially since you cannot lower the heat on a particular side like you would if you used two pans.
Overall though, this pan does cook foods as promised, limiting mess and the hassle of cleaning multiple dishes regularly. Even if you don’t use all five sections of the pan, it’s easily one that I’ve gotten accustomed to grilling my steaks on, as well as my breakfast meals in the morning before work. At $99, it’s not the cheapest pan you’ll find on the market, but it’s easily the most useful.
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Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: Offers the ability to cook multiple items all on one pan either together or separately without the need for additional pans.
What Needs Improvement: The recipe for cooking beans for breakfast; A bit pricey at $99.