Seasoning a titanium frying pan - fried eggs over easy

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Mole, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'd always found ( and read) that titanium frying pans are not much good for certain foods such as eggs as things stick to the surface.

    I recently read Zelph(Dan Y) state here: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/titanium-fry-pan-do-they-really-suck/page/2/
    that it was possible to season a UL Ti pan as you do a cast iron skillet.

    I asked him to describe how, which he kindly did.

    Tried it this afternoon with a Toaks frypan.

    No problem at all frying an egg over easy. It slid about almost as freely as a true non stick pan.
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  2. Warrenbond

    Warrenbond Trail Blazer

    I'm going to try it with my little pan cheers mole
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Interesting; I do my cast iron pans with a super thin coating of high-smoke oil and bake at 400° upside down. Repeat.

    Video it for this unbeliever :eggonface:
  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'm going to take the seasoned Toaks frypan on an overnighter tomorrow. Try it out.

    If it passes muster, it will replace the mini trangia NS pan I was planning to take on the Pennine way next week.

    We haven't posted any food on, or done much research, so will be buying whatever is available from shops along the way after the 4 dry meals we've packed are used up. A frying pan makes eggs meat n veg more viable.

    The Toaks Inc handle is 79g

    The slightly smaller mini trangia pan needs a separate handle - pan is 76g, handle another 22. And needs more care to preserve the NS coating.
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    What's your schedule...I'll meet you with a cake and a bottle of red :D
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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Do it yerself lazy:wink:

    Or try the oven method?
  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I don't have a Ti frypan :o o:...unbelievably..

    The oven works a treat on cast iron

    Stuff your cake and wine :D:finger:
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  8. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Damn posts overlapped before I saw the offer:p
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  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    We (myself and an old mate I do occasional trips with) arrive in Edale next Wednesday 19th.

    Booked return train from Berwick on the 7th July. So given ourselves 17 days - average is only 16 miles a day, so hope to get a few "nero" days.
  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Likewise with linseed oil (not boiled linseed oil!) and the oven on highest setting. Zelph's method is closer to wok seasoning (minus the cabbage leaves).

    I'm not certain seasoned pans need less care than non-stick, just different one. And that's for cast iron. I'll be watching the long-term results on Ti with interest (but I've given my Ti frying pans away and don't regret them).
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  11. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Yeah, well, yes, but I can re-season the ti pan if I scratch it up.
    I can't reapply a teflon type coating! :wink: and if it's scratched much would prefer not to use it.
  12. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I agree. But you can't cook shakshuka in a seasoned pan which kind of defeats the purpose. :hungry:;)

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  13. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: I'm going to have that for Sunday breakfast...
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  14. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Looking forward to seeing this, I have a Ti fry pan that I was given and have never used..

    I'll be taking my Trangia pan for my steak, mushrooms, onions oh and the bacon for the morning. I hope no one coming tomorrow is eating out of pouches as the smells will be intoxicating.

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  15. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    A year ago, I seasoned my Primus non-stick Teflon pan just to see how it would hold up. It's (seasoning layer) still stuck on after 1000's of boils of water, cooking food in it, and scrubbing it with coffee grounds. As it's now starting to peel, it's revealed a still perfect Teflon surface. The coating was almost as non-stick as the Teflon in use(I'm a bit anal with non-stick, it's never seen an abrasive, metal spoon, or even soap)

    It's lasted almost as well as the seasoned Ti lids and pans that have been used with it. I think I did a single coat 30 mins at 150c and let them all cool slowly.

    I used Hemp oil, the fastest edible polymerising oil I know of. It forms a film really quickly as it oxidises in the heat of the oven.
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  16. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I don’t think I understand this. Is there any point in seasoning a so called non-stick ti skillet (evernew) or only on untreated metal surfaces? Presumably yes, if @Mole did it on a Teflon surface. My pot has rubber insulation on the handles which would melt in the oven?
  17. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Thought Teflon was band after the Teflon flu case?
  18. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Teflon (PTFE) is still for sale on tons of cookware. It damages at temps of over 230C, decomposes at temps over 350C and can cause flu like symptoms. This is why there are max temp warnings on all cookware that can decompose in domestic cooking oven heat.

    @Clare

    Your handles are likely silicone rubber, and thus safe in the oven at normal cooking temps.... just like silicone cookware is.
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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    On many pots you can pop the handles off and remove the sleeves.
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  20. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Be interesting to find out what the temps of the metal pots/pans reach to produce a rolling boil
    or to cook food.
  21. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

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    As a nerd, I got one of these tiny little IR themometers a few years ago for just such the job. Also to find out how effective different clothing items were.

    It seems reasonably accurate. It's quite suprising just how bad Ti/SS is at conducting heat.

    I only bought this one as the cord was orange.... and therefore, more accurate. :D
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