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When it comes to cooking, there are almost too many options: There are cast iron lovers who swear by it. Fancy cooks who love the look of stainless steel cookware. Then there’s the overwhelming number of people who choose nonstick cookware because it’s so much easier to care for. It looks like Ninja has created a cookware set that appeases the masses.
Having spent the last several months navigating the hassle of stainless steel cookware (There only so many times I can burn a stainless steel pan without wanting to cry). I jumped at the opportunity to test out Ninja’s brand new NeverStick Premium Hard-Anodized Cookware Set.
Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverStick™ Premium Hard-Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set – bedbathandbeyond.com
This cookware line is officially called Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverStick™ – could Ninja possibly cram anymore trademarked words into a product title? Anyway, after using the Ninja NeverStick pans, I no longer have to worry about my food getting crusted and stuck on the pan. This cookware is like nonstick and cast iron had a baby.
I’ve used cast iron skillets to make steak and cookie pizzas many times. I’ve always loved how steak tastes when cooked on a cast iron, and a traditional nonstick pan just cannot cook it the same. Nor could stainless steel. The Ninja NeverStick 10.25″ skillet is the next best thing for cooking a steak.
Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverStick™ Premium Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Fry Pan – bedbathandbeyond.com
The whole gimmick of Ninja’s NeverStick cookware is that it will never chip, flake, or stick — a problem that plagues other nonstick cookware. Ninjas pans are made at 30,000°F (wow), while traditional nonstick cookware is made at 900°F (still… hot). That lower temperature is what sets back traditional cookware, as it will rapidly lose its nonstick feature.
What makes the NeverStick cookware more enticing than other nonstick cookware is that it’s meant to go in the oven. That is where its comparability to cast iron comes in: You can move your skillet from the stove to the oven, to cook virtually anything. The handle and nonstick coating are oven safe up to 500°F. After using this cookware, I can say it feels almost as heavy as a regular cast iron pan. But a little bit prettier? Yes, definitely a little prettier when you really look at it.
Photo: Ana Suarez
So far, I’ve cooked asparagus, eggs (scrambled and fried), steak, and chicken on my new Ninja cookware. Nothing has stuck. I don’t even need to scrub to get any residue off the pans. Normally, if I let my old stainless steel pans cool off before washing them, the burnt mess would congeal and become a part of the pan. Not my Ninja cookware! I let the pans cool after cooking each time, even if that sizzle of water on a hot pan is oddly satisfying.
Instead, once the cookware has cooled off, I rinse it off with soap and water, and any residue is instantly gone. I don’t need to scrub to get rid of the caked-on mess. To avoid scratching (though this does say it is scratch-resistant), I use a soft sponge to get rid of any built-up oil from cooking.
My next project is to make a cookie pizza in the small 8″ fry pan to really put this to the ultimate test. Ideally, I’ll make that after cooking a nice steak dinner in the rest of the cookware set.
Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverStick™ Premium Hard-Anodized Covered Saute Pan – bedbathandbeyond.com
Right now, you can get individual pans and pots from this collection, or the 10-piece and 13-piece set from Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond. The 10-piece set is $299.99, while the 13-piece set is $399.99. The individual fry pans and saucepans range in price from $29.99 to $119.99. The products will be available on Ninja’s direct website starting around September 23rd.
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Ana Suarez is the senior commerce editor for Hearst Newspapers. Email her at [email protected]