We’ve discussed baking bacon, but many of us still like to cook our bacon the old fashioned way: frying. But when you are frying, what are the best cooking utensils to use? There are a lot of options, so today we thought we’d cover the general advantages of two major types of cookware: non-stick and stainless steel frying pans. Depending on how you cook, one of these two types might be for you.

Non-Stick Frying Pans – Advantages

Non-stick pans make cooking easy. Non-stick pans, being non-stick, are much easier to cook in than stainless steel. You don’t have to worry about your bacon sticking to the pan and getting burnt.

Use less cooking oil. Since it is easier to cook bacon in a non-stick pan, you don’t need to use a lot of oil to prevent sticking.

Non-stick is easier to clean. Since food is designed to slip right off, cleaning non-stick pans tends to be easier. Sometimes, with stainless steel, you have to soak and scour. Non-stick – except in rare cases – just needs soapy water and a soft sponge.

Stainless Steel – Advantages

Stainless steel pans are very durable. Unlike Teflon, which cannot be scratched, you can use whatever cooking instruments you want. You can also put stainless steel in the dishwasher. In fact, the more you use a stainless steel pan, the more it feels lived in. You don’t need to replace it as often as non-stick.

You can heat it stainless steel to a high temperature. Non-stick coatings tend to break down at higher temperatures. This is not only a problem for your pan’s coating – it can affect the quality of your food.

You can’t use cooking sprays on non-stick pans. The cooking sprays bond to the surface of the cookware, and gradually build up.

Stainless steel products allow for more browning. Since you can’t cook in high temperatures with non-stick, you can’t brown your bacon very well. Those people who love their bacon crispy should definitely stick to stainless steel.

Unlike some non-stick pans, stainless steel probably won’t hurt your pets. Teflon and similar non-stick surfaces are generally considered to be fine from a health standpoint. However, if you burn your non-stick, the off-gassing it produces has been known to harm some pets, particularly birds.


Overall, non-stick pans are much easier to use for cooking bacon than stainless steel, and they are probably better for people who are new to frying bacon. However, if you are fairly experienced in the kitchen, and you like bringing out the gourmet side of your dishes, a stainless steel pan might be better for you. But whatever you choose, happy cooking, and enjoy your bacon!

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