In cookware, carbon steel is an
excellent heat conductor. It is suitable with all heat sources,
including induction. It is a high density metal and therefore doesn't
retain odors. It is non-coated and if protected from rusting, it will
last a lifetime. It withstands high temperatures and allows for longer
preheating. A steel pan may come with different finishes. One is a
silver finish achieved through additional polishing in the manufacturer
process. It is then commonly called "carbon steel". It may
also come with a blue or black finish, which comes from a final heat
treatment i the manufacturing process.
A steel pan not only comes with different coloring
finishes, but also changes color under heat and over time (the bluish
dots on the welded handles come from this extra heat.) Much lighter than
a cast-iron, a steel pan lasts forever. After being seasoned, it
acquires natural non-stick properties that won't chip, scratch or peel
off. Unlike non-stick pans, it is safe to use at high temperatures, as
well as with metal objects, such as knives, forks or spatulas. It is
compatible with all heat sources, including induction, and is ovenproof.
A steel pan is also inexpensive. It requires minimum care, but is NOT
dishwasher or microwave safe. Be cautious as the handle gets hot. Each
pan comes with a limited lifetime warranty.