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Skillet for heat abusive elderly mother

Sid Post | Aug 2, 201708:16 AM

My mother is well past social security age and her cooking prowess is declining for various reasons.

She put in a new Jennaire kitchen with smooth top electric coil panels which only know two states, completely off and on at the highest setting. I have verified the low, moderate, and high heat settings work too but she never uses them.

I have given her thick aluminum skillets but, they have been destroyed by high heat cooking with small amounts of food. She goes through the big box store aluminum and ceramic coated skillets like most families use paper towels. Now she is complaining that her cooktop only cooks on half of the burner. The reality is her skillet spins like children's spinning top.

While I can't fix overcooked / undercooked food items coming straight out of the fridge (or shudder ... the freezer) being tossed in a skillet, I'm hoping I can at least fix her "broken" cooktop with a skillet that isn't easily warped.

She is on a low fat and low oil kick so, frozen or cold food in a stainless skillet seems unworkable though I was looking at the Henckels Aurora 5-ply skillet in the 9.5" size as one option.

My mother won't change her cooking style (waits until she decides she is hungry and then needs something immediately) so, I need to find her a better skillet that has a chance of working acceptably for her.

p.s. I should also note that she won't use cast iron or any of the iron pans I have given her because "iron breaks the cooktop coils". Excessive weight can be an issue too.

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