I've read and read articles and discussions about cookware, but I still can't figure out what is the best option for me, so I'm hoping I can get some guidance. Please keep in mind that I am lazy. I'm not a hard-core chef, I cook because it's economical, and what I want is whatever will be the least bother, something suitable for eggs, fish, hamburgers, veggies, crepes, bacon, and other basic things.
I've always liked standard non-stick pans because they're not much work. At least, not at first. I've had the same cookware set for 7 years (hard-anodized from Cooks) and at this point the frying pans are a huge chore to clean, which is why I need something new. They were really only great for a year or two, but they were basically functional for a good five years.
So it seems like the main options are, new non-stick pans like the ones I have, ceramic non-stick pans, which I never knew existed until recently, or cast iron pans.
The instructions for the non-stick pans I own specifically said, don't cook in oil, and I ignored that, so I'll mention I do want pans I can use oil in.
I know people love cast iron, but it always sounds like a lot of bother. I've also heard that new cast iron is a huge pain and you have to spend months or years or something before it develops the wonderful non-stick surface I've heard tell of. Also, I had cast iron pans years ago (I had no idea how to maintain them so I can't judge them based on that experience) that they were really heavy. I have some repetitive stress issues in my hands, and while they're not so bad I can't lift a heavy frying pan, it is a factor in my decision. So while I'm sure many people will automatically say cast iron, please consider how a lazy man would react to them.
Standard non-stick, which is what I've usually gone for, is great at first, then pretty good, then okay, then useless. At this point the ones I have stick as badly as stainless steel.
Then there's ceramic, which I have zero familiarity with. I couldn't find much agreement on articles about whether they're great or terrible or somewhere in between.
Addendum: since a couple of people have mentioned dishwashers, I'll mention I haven't got one. Everything gets washed by hand.
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