Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet

A welcome alternative to nonstick models, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet is “efficient,” “reasonably priced,” “beautiful” enough to double as a serving dish, and worth buying again. Why is that? This sturdy model is versatile and can pan-fry, stir-fry, braise, simmer, slow cook, griddle, brown, and bake food. Reviewers report […]

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Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet

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A welcome alternative to nonstick models, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet is “efficient,” “reasonably priced,” “beautiful” enough to double as a serving dish, and worth buying again.

Why is that?

This sturdy model is versatile and can pan-fry, stir-fry, braise, simmer, slow cook, griddle, brown, and bake food. Reviewers report making a range of dishes including eggs ?, pancakes ?, burgers ?, refried beans, rice ?, biscuits, meatballs, crumbled meat, homemade tortillas, pork chops, chicken ?, quiche, and more.

Problem? Solved.

While most users report the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet heats up fast and evenly, several noted the skillet heats more “in a ring” and not all the way to the edges. A common workaround recommended by many cooks is to position ingredients about an inch away from the edge for sufficient heating.

Turn down the heat!

Sometimes the temperatures seem too high ?and burn ingredients or boil away liquid quickly. A couple people feel that temperature control settings (except “off”) are all very hot. Even when turned down low, the skillet stays extremely hot and can scorch food. The heat even affects the temperature control’s plastic housing; four people report smelling burning after using the skillet above 250°F and at 375°F. ?

And

The see-through, tight-fitting heavy glass lid and its stainless steel handle get very hot; two users warn future owners to use oven mitts for touching the handle as well as not placing the glass lid on a surface unable to withstand. Three people report the lid shattering for no reason during regular use and cooling for washing. ?

Is it big enough?

Large enough to cook for two to four people, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet accommodates about seven medium-sized chicken breasts. A few users feel this model is a little “shallow” and wish it were deeper. Nonetheless, one person successfully boiled spaghetti ?with “plenty” of room.

Here’s some good advice:

Despite not having a nonstick surface, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet is easy to clean: simply wipe it out with a paper towel, then wipe or wet it with soapy water, rinse, and then dry. When food is stuck on, though, a few users offer these tips:

  • Turn pan off; put water in it (while it’s warm) to soften and loosen the food; let it soak; and then wipe up food OR
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the cooled pan; spray with vinegar to generate foaming action; let the pan sit for several seconds to a minute; scrub the area with a soft dish brush and a little liquid dish soap; and then rinse with hot water OR
  • For "white" stains: spray some lemon ? juice on the sticky spot; rub the area with a dishcloth; and rinse with hot water.

Note:

Since the skillet’s heating element can’t be detached, the skillet isn’t immersible. Also, the unit has vents or holes in the bottom where water enter and reach the heating element.

The Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet seems quite durable. We read reports of owners using this skillet for one year, 18 months, three years, and six years.

Features

  • Dimensions: 11.8" x 15.7" x 6"
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Constructed of 18/10 stainless steel
  • Includes glass lid and temperature control
  • Temperature range: 225°F to 425°F
  • BPA free
  • Power: 120V/60Hz 1500W
  • Manual
  • Two-year warranty
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