I unboxed this two hours ago. I bought flaxseed oil, warmed the pan, applied a very thin coat with a paper towel, then heat the pan on high until it smokes. When I got home from work, the pan was nice and dark brown and seems well seasoned now. Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020. The 10 1/4" and the 11 7/8" are the easiest to handle. It has exceeded its own value in the price of labor required to remove this coating! I have three of the Matfers and they are my favorite pans now, for what it's worth. If you get one of these pans and you're not seeing immediate results after following the directions do not waste your time! I wonder if my results would have been better if I had done this method from the start (just bought two smaller pans, I'll update when the seasoning is done). Works best on gas fire, but will work on all surfaces including a camp fire! After sitting in lemon juice for minutes, it still has the crispness of a croissant. 4- stars for the pan; -1 star because of the suppler/seller (read below). Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Solid pan, without being too heavy. Not as heavy as the same size cast iron, but a lot more than the non-stick Cook's Essentials Anodized Aluminum. If the stovetop method doesn't seem to work, try the oven method. Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020. I was able to get a perfect brown on them. But, start cooking with them and the patina starts flaking off or disappearing into the food. Very nice, cooks great. Read about carbon steel pans in Cook's Illustrated. I didn't do the handle. Then I got this pan, and the gauge of steel is 2x's thicker and way heavier. Also produced the crispiest salmon skin I've had in my life. Once seasoned it cooks like a dream. The go well from the stovetop to the oven. this is a very beautiful pan that i absolutely love. Great pan so far, but egg quality non stick hasn't been as easy as I would have hoped. The next method I tried was from Youtube, done by restaurants. Easy to season and quickly became the most used pan in my kitchen. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This produced a somewhat blotchy, but nice and smooth seasoning after the first round. I seared some short ribs the other night for a crock pot dish and WOW did it function well!!! It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In the end, I went with the method of cooking salt, potato peels, and oil on high head until everything was nice and burnt (American Test Kitchen style). Seasoning, as instructed, was easy and I never had to do a thing more.... in fact, I only did the seasoning once (instructions said to do twice). They JUST got to the point of egg nonstick. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Really is non stick after seasoning and clean up is a swipe. Yep, it is heavy. Because the pan is so big, I was unable to get any of the sides to start to brown at all after 5 rounds of oil/heat/cool (supposed to do 11 but I felt it really wasn't working right). I've tried every method I can find with the same results. This may be because theirs did not CURE as long as some others may have. Solid carbon steel pan, but find a different seller, Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020. I ordered two. Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017. If you like cooking on carbon steel, these Matfer fry pans are the best for the money. Potato peels, salt and oil on high heat. Try the oven methods and you'll get another nice finish with the same cooking results, no patina. At first this pan was awesome. Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016. I was pleased to see that the surface of the pan was very smooth. I bought the 8 5/8 size mainly for cooking fried eggs in the morning and it's perfect for that purpose. I tried seasoning with Flaxseed oil in the oven and found this to be sooooo tedious. I have 30yo carbon steel pans that I love and use daily. Sounded like something to try. I used the potato peel method of seasoning the skillet, then fried potatoes in it. No one tests cookware like we do. Get the coating off. Yep, gotta get you some. Anything bigger is a little too bulky for the average sized home stovetop. Many reviewers have not commented so much on the protective coating.

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