I'm looking for an 8-inch "non-stick" frying pan to make eggs, pancakes, and those kinds of things. I don't want to buy anything that has a potentially toxic coating (ie. teflon and PFOAs). The pan doesn't have to be 100% nonstick either. I own stainless steel frying pans and cook all kinds of things in them just fine, but I am in need of a smaller frying pan, an 8-inch one, that works well for eggs. I want something light, non-toxic, and easy to maintain/clean.
I like the idea of an aluminum pan - cheap, light, and heats fast.
However, I'm unclear if it should be bare or hard-anodized. I know that the anodization process makes it non-reactive to acidic substances and non-stick - is the latter true? However, I also read that manufacturers put an additional a non-stick coating over the anodized surface (ie PFOA). I don't understand why they would do this if it's already non-stick from the anodization process. Any help regarding what kind of aluminum pan you recommend would be much appreciated!
Carbon steel also sounds like it could fit the bill, but I have no clue what brand to buy or if this is a good option.
Look forward to your advice!