Viking Blue Steel 2-Piece Carbon Steel Naturally Nonstick Fry Pan Set
About this item
- Heats evenly and quickly for great searing without the weight of cast iron
- Pre-seasoned and ready to use
- Lightweight construction delivers results of clad cookware
- Naturally nonstick due to the vegetable oil seasoning
- Oven and grill safe
For those who like cooking with cast iron but love the versatility of a clad stainless-steel pan, shop the Viking Blue Carbon Steel 2-piece Fry Pan Set. Featuring both a 10" and 12" size for added versatility, this fry pan set is made of carbon steel, an alloy that is a combination of iron and carbon.
The "Blue" in "Blue carbon steel" references a heat treatment process to help resist rust and corrosion, a nuisance that can plague traditional cast iron pans. Stay-cool cast iron handles securely attach to the pans with heavy-duty rivets for confidence in construction and a lifetime of use. Though cast iron also excels at maintaining even heating, it can take time to rise to temperature. Since iron itself is so brittle, more of the material must be used to make it durable, making traditional cast iron pans larger and heavier. With blue carbon steel, you’ll have a pan that is noticeably lighter without sacrificing performance. And like cast iron, blue carbon steel also heats quickly and evenly, reducing the risk of hot spots from occurring.
Blue carbon steel is also prized for achieving high temperatures quickly without fear of damage occurring to the pan itself. Viking Blue Steel is oven safe to 450°F for restaurant-quality finishing in the oven. When using carbon steel cookware, discoloring will occur on both the interior and exterior surfaces due to a combination of heat and the acids in foods. This discoloration is normal and to be expected with carbon steel cookware. Every carbon steel pan changes color uniquely over time from both use and as it seasons. The discoloration will not affect the performance of the pan. Like cast iron, your blue carbon steel pans will need to be seasoned regularly to maintain its nonstick properties. It is not recommended to put these pans into the dishwasher as it will remove the seasoning, reducing the natural nonstick and making the pan more susceptible to rust. Should you find rust on the pan, just clean the rust off with a scrubby sponge and season the area with vegetable oil.
Seasoning Your Fry Pan
"Seasoning" refers to the process of coating the base of the pan with a thin layer of oil that imparts a flavorful taste to your foods while also protecting foods from sticking. There are plenty of methods to seasoning your pan, but if this is your first time seasoning the pan, we recommend using very hot water and dish soap to first scrub the pan, then wipe dry and place it on the burner at low heat to finish drying. Add some oil to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Then, let the pan cool and wipe with paper towels and your pan is ready for use! For future maintenance, simply rinse the pan with water after use and scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush or sponge if necessary (No need for soap!). Season with vegetable oil periodically to maintain its smooth cooking surface and nonstick properties.