When you hear the words "carbon steel," you might think there is just one variety. But that is not the case with de Buyer's extensive line of carbon steel pans. Our line of products includes Mineral B, Mineral B Pro, and Blue Carbon Steel - all of which feature all the power and durability that comes with carbon steel. Let's look at these types of carbon steel and find the best one for you.
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1. Mineral B Carbon Steel
If you are searching for a carbon steel pan that does it all, take a look at de Buyer’s Mineral B line of pans. These items are made with responsibly sourced and high-quality iron (99%) and carbon (1%). All pans are coated with natural French beeswax to help fight against any rust and oxidation that might occur before the pan is seasoned. Over time, they only get better, making them the perfect cooking pans to pass down from generation to generation.
If you want to boost the taste of your food, you cannot go wrong with carbon steel. These Mineral B pans are essential for frying, grilling, and searing.
All de Buyer's Mineral B products are made with 100% natural white steel between 2.5 - 3 mm thick. Our pans are thicker than most carbon steel pans on the market, and although this contributes to the weight of the pan, it allows the pan to be warp resistant and keep its shape, even when cooking at high temperatures. Additionally, de Buyer's lifetime guarantee protects your investment in these pans. Carbon Steel pan requires an initial seasoning, after which the seasoning will naturally build up with regular use. With regular use, these pans will build up more seasoning, adding to those non-stick qualities and making them even better over time.
Looking at the pan, it has a flared shape to help facilitate the sliding and flipping of the food. The Mineral B pans have a French-curved steel handle that keeps your hands away from the source. Along with that, the pans have a better weight distribution while you are handling them. Finally, the riveted mounts ensure that these pans hold up to regular usage.
de Buyer has a wide range of Mineral B products, including:
- Fry pan
- Omelette pan
- Egg Pan
- Tortilla pan
- Country fry pan
- Paella pan
- Oval roasting pan
The Mineral B pans are perfect for both home and professional cooks. With their durability, you can count on them to deliver outstanding results in any kitchen. If your de Buyer pans have stainless steel handles, they can also safely be used in the oven, on a grill, or over a campfire.
2 - Mineral B PRO
If you peek into a French kitchen, you will see a fantastic collection of carbon steel pans hanging above the stoves. Professional chefs use carbon steel pans; they are a bit lighter and thinner than cast iron ones. Along with that, they heat up faster than cast iron pans. The Mineral B PRO has all the great attributes of the Mineral B, but it is fully oven safe thanks to the stainless steel handle. Like Mineral B, these pans are made with heavy-duty metal and coated with French beeswax. You can use these pans on any cooktops, even induction stove tops. No matter what cooktop you use, its handles will stay cool to the touch thanks to the heat-stop technology.
Like the Mineral B, this pan only becomes better with use. The Mineral B PRO line offers 2 different styles: the Fry Pan and the Country Fry Pan, which features deeper sides perfect for stir-frying or sauteing. You might think that a "pro" version is just for those experienced cooks, but these pans can be efficiently utilized by anyone who has a passion for cooking, as it gives you more freedom to use either on the stove, in the oven, on a grill, or even over an open fire. The Mineral B PRO should be your first choice when you want to create delicious dishes.
Both the Mineral B and Mineral B PRO pans are designed and produced in France. A lifetime guarantee also stands behind them. You can cook with confidence when these pans grace your stovetops. de Buyer offers several types of pans in this line, including:
- Fry pan (8” to 11”)
- Fry Pan with helper handle (12.5”)
- Country fry pan
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3 - Blue Carbon Steel
de Buyer's Blue Carbon Steel pans are similar to Mineral B in that they are both types of carbon steel, however they’ve been treated differently and thus perform a bit differently as well. The Blue Carbon Steel pans are made with thinner iron than the Mineral B and Mineral B PRO. This results in the Blue Carbon Steel pans being much more lightweight than traditional carbon steel. These pans have undergone a heat treatment that results in its “blue” color. This heat treatment helps to increase its durability and help prevent rust and oxidation. Like all of de Buyer’s Carbon Steel products, these Blue Steel pans are covered by a lifetime guarantee.
You can use the Blue Carbon Steel pans for a variety of uses. They are reliable and built to last. Since the steel can conduct and distribute heat evenly, it is the ideal pan for browning, reheating, searing, and simmering. Because Blue Carbon Steel is made with thinner metal, it heats up and cools down much quicker, and is better suited for low to medium heat cooking. de Buyer's Blue Steel pans have a traditional French handle and a Lyonnaise shape so that you can flip foods like a pro. Blue Steel pans are an excellent choice for your next BBQ. You can use them on the open flames or cook with them on a grill. They are also a great choice to bring on a camping trip, so you can whip up some delicious meals over the campfire. de Buyer has several types of Blue Steel, including:
- Fry pans
- Crepe and tortilla pan
- Perforated Outdoor Fry Pan
All of de Buyer's pans are made to last, and they are the perfect items to add to your kitchen. Whether you want to use them for the cooktop or outdoor grills, Mineral B, Mineral B PRO, and Blue Steel will make an exceptional addition to your cooking repertoire.
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