Written by adam on Jan 10, 2006
8" Omelette by Simply Calphalon
Simply Calphalon makes this wonderful line of hard-anodized non-stick products that we have at least three of at home. Our latest is the 8-inch Omelette pan. I've secretly been hoping for a skillet like this for many years now, but never truly revealed my innermost thoughts to anyone. In year's past, my attempts to make omelettes in the wide 12" or 14" skillets proved to be disastrous. A giant srambled egg mess was made. This is not saying it wasn't tasty, but with omelettes you expect a certain level of visual quality, that is, a nice folded-over piece of egg goodness.
The electrochemical process of anodizing transforms aluminum into a nonreactive, scratch- and stick-resistant surface. You don't have to worry about metal utensils scraping this surface, as you would with a nonstick pan. (source: Real Simple
Hard-anodized is, in my opinion, better than Teflon non-stick finish. The finish lasts longer than Teflon and it does seem to have a better non-stick quality. The Simply Calphon skillets that we have are built with steel handles bolted onto the skillet which makes them perfect for putting directly into the oven if you want to pan-braise or something like that.
I have been using the omelette pan as much as possible lately. In all my years of cooking, I never realized how handy it is to own a small skillet. It's easy to work with and easy to clean. Lately, I've been scrambling eggs for my oldest son (3) when he doesn't want whatever the adults are having. The eggs come out of the skillet clean. For cleanup, I just rinse it with water, dry, and back into the cabinet it goes.
You don't have to make omelettes in the omlette pan, but I think if you are buying a gadget specifically called an omelette pan, you probably have the intention of doing do. For my money, it just doesn't get better than Simply Calphalon's 8" Omelette pan. The Calphalon home page is selling it for $25.00 and Amazon has it for a cent less. This is a great price for a high-quality piece of cookware.
$24.99 at Amazon
$25.00 at Calphalon