LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2014 – We grew up on cast iron pans, they’re handed down from generation to generation, but is it time to bring a new pan into the family or chef’s kitchen?
Ernest Mauviel created The Company Mauviel in Normandy in 1830 and his company continues to create high quality chef products made available to the home cook. One favored product is the M’steel Round 14 inch frying pan.
The M’Steel is made from black steel (carbon steel) and has similar properties that a cast iron pan has – even heat distribution is quick and handles hot temperatures well.
Using the M’Steel pan requires first removing the protective beeswax coating. Cleaning the pan with hot water to remove the residue took off most if it, but as it first heated there seemed to still be smoke from melting wax. This was easily wiped off with a towel, being very careful as the pan may be hot.
Once all the beesewax is removed and like a cast iron pan, M’Steel should be seasoned by wiping it down with olive or canola oil on a paper towel. You may want to do this before using every time.
Our first dish requires searing chicken which browned evenly on all sides with the addition of a little bit of oil. We also cooked multiple variations of vegetables in this pan- zucchini, squashes, mire poix, ratatouille.
All cooked evenly at a moderate rate and pre-seasoned, nothing stuck to the pan.
Searing a beef roast the meat browned on all sides and it cooked slightly faster than in a regular pan.
Everything cooked in the pan, as it was suppose to. The size of the pan allowed us to cook a lot at a time. The M’Steel makes a go to addition to your kitchen cookware.
First, the food released easily from the pan.
Second, the pan is solid and is great for cooking large dense meats.
Third, the heat is distributed evenly.
Fourth, the pan cleans easily.
Fifth, it can be placed in the oven.
First, like cast iron, the pan is very heavy.
Second, the handle is uncomfortable to hold without a cover.
Third, the first few uses are strange because you have to make sure the beeswax has been removed and the pan is seasoned properly, but once done right, you are ready to go.
Forth, cleaning is easy but we were curious as to what brown/black material to clean off and what to leave on for the nonstick property.
Overall Rating: 1/2 cup out of 1 cup for the at home chef, but ¾ cup out of 1 cup for the professional chefs. This pan is not ideal for the at home chef who wishes to cook with ease, however for the experienced cook who is great with heavy pans, seasoning and is constantly cooking this is a good pan.
Purchasing Info: The M’steel pan by Mauviel can be purchased for $90 online on their site and mauvielusa.com.
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