I love kitchen and food-related infomercials, and my kitchen cabinets have their share of infomercial products. From Richard Simmons Steam Heat to the RediSetGo, I’ve been tempted many times but television products that promise to make my life so much easier. And I was recently tempted again.
There have been copper cookware infomercials running for about a year now. Two different brands! There’s the Copper Chef, featuring bro-tastic chef Eric Theiss, and the Red Copper Pan, featuring everyone’s favorite down-home cook, Cathy Mitchell. (Cathy Mitchell is the author of the best-selling “Dump Cookbook” series – sounds appetizing!)
Both products essentially promise the same thing: an incredible non-stick pan that’s scratch-resistant, won’t peel or flake into your food, and oven and dishwasher safe.
And now I’m the owner of a Red Copper Square Dance pan! I didn’t order it off the TV, there was a pile of them at my local Big Lots, and I paid $20 for mine.
It’s called the Square Dance pan because, according to the packaging, it’s “so non-stick the food dances right off!” I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and have been using it in a variety of ways. And yup, I pretty much love it.
I’ve made scrambled eggs (a fixture of my diet)…
…and browned ground turkey…
…and nothing stuck to the pan. Super easy clean-up.
I’m not brazen enough to test the non-scratch surface with metal utensils, like they do in the commercial. Maybe I will one day.
I’ve made pancakes with the pan, and while the non-stick part is great, the sides are high (to prevent grease splatter, says the infomercial), which makes it tricky to get a spatula in there to flip them.
And let me tell you about these pancakes. I learned about them on Instagram. Two-ingredient pancakes! Take one banana, and mash it in a bowl until it’s about the consistency of pudding. Then add two eggs, that you beat in a separate bowl.
Stir, and your batter is done! They griddle up like real pancakes, and they totally satisfy my pancake cravings, without all the refined flour and extra carbs.
I’ve also tested my pan in the oven, using it to roast spaghetti squash.
I roasted it cut side down at 400 degrees for 30 minutes with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and those crusty parts were definitely burned onto the pan. I soaked the pan in a little water while I ate my meal, though, and 20 minutes later they wiped right off.
As for my meal, I made Lemon Garlic Spaghetti Squash. I spaghetti-fied the squash after it came out of the oven (I let it cool for a few minutes first, because it was hot), added the juice of 1/2 a lemon, some fresh parsley, and two tablespoons garlic butter (a pre-made spread that’s intended to be used to make garlic bread). Easy, healthy, and delicious!
All these meals were great, but I wanted to give my pan a challenge. The infomercial cooks use it to make sticky (but non-stick) marshmallow and caramel desserts, which I didn’t want to do, so I pulled out the stickiest thing I had in my cupboard: molasses.
I made molasses-glazed vegetables, and I followed my own recipe for the glaze. I sauteed the veggies with just a little bit of oil before adding the glaze towards the end, being sure to let some of the moisture cook off, making the glaze (hopefully) thick and gooey, and making the pan a nasty mess.
Except the pan never became a nasty mess. Just like the goddamned slogan said, the molasses glaze just danced right off!
I wish I had something negative to report about this pan, just to make this post a little more interesting, but I really don’t. It’s already my go-to pan for my stovetop cooking. And anything that makes me want to cook healthy meals is a good addition to my kitchen!
Keep it up, David!
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