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Inexpensive 12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets

Perfect searing, flavorful sauces, and stove-to-oven versatility make stainless-steel frying pans a hot item. But can you get a great one for less than $100?

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In 1967, metallurgist John Ulam patented a game-changing discovery. The Pennsylvania native created an innovative method of heating and rolling sheets of steel and aluminum together to form a single strong sheet, with no adhesive. Ulam sold his “clad” metal technology to the aircraft industry and even to the United States Mint; look at the edges of quarters and dimes and you’ll see ...

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