As I said in a recent post (appropriately enough, another post about Calphalon), if you want to be the best cook on the block, you’d better surround yourself with the best tools on the block. If you surround yourself with second, third, or fourth best – guess where you’ll fall in the lineup. Honestly, a serious cook MUST arm himself/herself with quality cookware, bakeware, and other cooking tools. They last practically forever and allow your creativity and know-how to shine through.
One of the best things a quality pan has going for it is the fact that it isn’t a cheap pan. Cheap pans (the kind hanging in your department store that are priced so low you think, “This is too good to be true!” – you nailed it) are nightmares to clean as everything seems to stick to them and refuse to let go. Calphalon Nonstick pans are the complete opposite – they practically wash and put themselves away.
The only thing is, my Calphalon pans are so darn handsome, I refuse to put them away! It’s like, “Here. Sit out and show off your beauty.” Besides, they’re used daily, why bother letting them get out of reach?
The Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12-in. Jumbo Fryer shown above is my newest obsession. I honestly use this gorgeous beast for everything under the sun – make that under the kitchen light. I don’t fry that many foods, actually, but when I do break down and revert to my southern roots, the shape of this pan is deep and contoured enough to hold plenty of oil without making a spectacular mess. It’s ideal for frying shrimp, chicken wings, okra, squash, corn nuggets, doughnut holes, and just about anything you can dream up.
I use my new obsession for…
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Taco Filling
- Fried Rice
- Baked Beans
I named the recipe below in honor of the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12-in. Jumbo Fryer. After using this pan to make asparagus this way for a dozen times, it seemed only fair.
Simply Delicious Asparagus Recipe
1 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
Heat olive oil in the Simply Calphalon Jumbo Fryer. Add garlic and the salt and pepper. Heat the minced garlic for almost a minute, and make certain you don’t let it brown. Turn the heat down a little and add the trimmed asparagus. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes. Frequently turn the asparagus to ensure even cooking. Also, you may want to adjust the cooking time to suit your own taste. Some people like for their asparagus to be almost noodle limp (not me, not me, not me!) while others want it to have a lot more gumption. I’d rather mine have a little snap to it, actually. Since stovetops and food preferences vary, always remember to test the asparagus as you go along.
Another tip: When I made Simply Asparagus recently, I added a tsp of Land O’ Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil to the pan before the olive oil. It gave an extra flavor that was outstanding.
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12-Inch Jumbo Fryer Product Description:
Deep-fry a few chicken wings, sauté a steak, or pop a casserole in the oven. Deep enough to hold hot oil and even certain stews and sauces. Simply Calphalon makes choosing cookware a simple proposition. Everything that counts in cookware: delicious results, good looks, easy clean-up and durability is built right into it. An ideal choice for cooking enthusiasts of every budget, Simply Calphalon is constructed to meet Calphalon’s strict standards for performance and durability. Designed with an eye toward simple elegance, capturing the essence of Calphalon style. – From Calphalon’s Website
- Vessel Construction: Drawn construction.
- Crafted from a disc of virtually pure, medium-gauge, hard anodized aluminum for even heating.
- Hard anodized aluminum exterior will not chip or crack.
- Key Performance: 2 layers of nonstick coating for extended performance.
- Cooks with little to no oil or fats.
- Effortless food release.
- Non-reactive with foods.
- Safe for use with nylon, coated or wooden utensils.
- Handles: Contoured, cast stainless steel with silicone for added comfort and heat-resistance. Double riveted for durable performance.
- Covers: Tempered glass. Allows easy monitoring of the cooking process. Domed shape returns moisture to foods. Stainless steel bands reinforce glass and complements handles.
Everything that counts in cookware; delicious results, good looks, easy clean-up, durability is built right into it!
- Calphalon’s signature hard-anodized aluminum construction for excellent conductivity and even heating.
- Tempered glass covers
- The interior surface is double-coated with Calphalon’s sturdy, reliable nonstick coating.
This is one extra-special pan and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Don’t let the name “Jumbo Fryer” fool you, though. This guy does it all, and beautifully. Clean up could not be easier – but the real beauty lies in the performance. Calphalon pans will not let you down. With Calphalon by your side, you’ll be the cook you always wanted to be.
Click HERE to read more about the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12 inch Jumbo Fryer. The price is so extraordinary, I’m tempted to buy a second one. While asparagus is cooking in one, I can make German Fries in the other.
Man, am I getting hungry….