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Kitchen: This Pan is good for you

I worked the omelet station amid the Sunday great smorgasbord at the California Culinary Academy, as a piece of a work-ponder program while I was an understudy there.

My second day at work, the culinary specialist gave me three shiny new nonstick dish and instructed me to take great care of them. At the point when my work day was over I dropped off the skillet at the dish station. Around 20 minutes after the fact I returned just to discover the once-flawless egg container were demolished after the dishwasher subjected them to a hardened steel scrubber. The gourmet specialist just shook his head and revealed to me it was my business to make sense of how I would make respectable omelets with destroyed skillet. Despite the fact that I effectively stayed away from early lunch moves in eateries all through my profession, I will always remember the exercise I discovered that day. Regardless of whether in eateries or in test kitchens, I make a point to treat nonstick skillet with an indistinguishable care and consideration from I do my own blades.

Notwithstanding drawing on individual experience, I pored over science writing and article sources to get the inside scoop on what makes an awesome nonstick skillet and how to securely cook in one. I addressed Chad Kelley, official gourmet expert and brewer at Barley and Board; Penny Rosema, overseeing executive for the Cookware Manufacturers Association; and Cynthia Salitsky, worldwide interchanges pioneer for Chemours (DuPont). I likewise took a gander at regarded article sources, including Cooking For Engineers, Cook's Illustrated (membership required), Serious Eats, Consumer Reports (membership required), and Fine Cooking, and in addition The New York Times (now the parent organization of Wirecutter).

Who ought to get this

It's helpful to have no less than one nonstick skillet in your kitchen for cooking eggs, angle filets, or other fragile things. A nonstick dish is likewise awesome for amateur cooks or any individual who needs something that is anything but difficult to utilize and clean. The smooth covering enables you to utilize less oil and cook over reasonably low warmth without the danger of nourishment adhering to the container.

However, nonstick cookware has a few disadvantages, for the most part that it is anything but difficult to harm and has a shorter life expectancy than uncoated cookware. Every single nonstick covering are sensitive, and will in the end destroy. That is the reason despite the fact that we think nonstick covered container are advantageous, we inform against purchasing a vast set with respect to nonstick cookware—you would prefer not to need to supplant the entire set at regular intervals. Most people require just a single or two nonstick skillets to round out their cookware accumulation, in light of the fact that the smooth covering is basically helpful for cooking sensitive sustenances and eggs.

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It's helpful to have no less than one nonstick skillet in your kitchen for cooking eggs, angle filets, or other fragile things.

In the event that you cook on acceptance, you're restricted to treated steel tri-handle or skillets with steel plates attached to the base. When looking for nonstick skillets, check the bundling to ensure it's enlistment perfect.

Kinds of nonstick coatings

Subsequent to inquiring about nonstick cookware for a long time, we see how befuddling the subject can be. Marking language, for example, "precious stone" or "artistic titanium" is vague and makes examination shopping an overwhelming undertaking. In any case, when we slice through all that advertised up showcasing verbiage, we found that the accompanying are the most widely recognized kinds of nonstick coatings:

PTFE: This is an engineered polymer that repulses water and decreases erosion. In addition to the fact that it is utilized for cookware, but on the other hand it's a typical material in joint substitutions. Teflon is the most renowned PTFE covering, however different organizations make exclusive cookware coatings. For exemplary PTFE, the two noteworthy makers are Chemours (DuPont) and Whitford. Some huge name cookware brands utilize a covering from one of these two organizations. For example, if this site is precise, T-fal utilizes Teflon and Cuisinart utilizes a covering called QuanTanium by Whitford.

Artistic: This isn't really earthenware, however rather a clay like covering additionally called sol-gel (another way to say "arrangement gel"). Sol-gel coatings don't utilize polyfluoroalkyl polymers like PTFE, however rather are silica-based. Hence they're frequently touted as being "greener" or better for you, yet neither one of the claims has much truth (for additional on why, see this piece by Wirecutter's science editorial manager, Leigh Krietsch Boerner).

The greatest grumbling about "earthenware" container is that their nonstick properties don't keep going as long. As indicated by an enlightening site supported by Whitford "PTFE coatings give great discharge to a more drawn out timeframe" than sol-gel coatings. We asked loved ones to what extent their sol-gel cookware kept going, and they all said in regards to multi year—and that they'd never get it again. So we concentrated on skillet with PTFE-based nonstick coatings, as they last longer than those with sol-gel coatings (which is one motivation behind why earthenware dish aren't especially "green," as you need to supplant them all the more frequently).

Nonstick dish and disease

In case you're pondering in the case of cooking in a nonstick dish will give you disease, the short answer is no. For a more point by point clarification, look at this piece by Leigh Krietsch Boerner, Wirecutter's science supervisor.

How we picked

A few nonstick skillets stacked up on a counter

A decent nonstick dish has the characteristics of a customary skillet—notwithstanding warming, exemplary flared sides, great harmony amongst body and handle—yet adds a smooth covering to make cooking sensitive nourishments like eggs and fish simpler. We limited our hunt for the most part to open-stock, 10-inch dish, yet we likewise included one set. We trust 10 inches is best size to get on the off chance that you need only one search for gold or two singed eggs. Be that as it may, in the event that you do need something bigger to cook more than eggs or two or three fish filets, a large portion of our picks come in different sizes. Past that, we made our picks by searching for the accompanying highlights:

Smooth, level surface

In spite of the fact that we supported skillets that discharged nourishment with practically zero exertion on our part, we immediately understood that the super-smooth coatings could uncover a plan shortcoming in a few dish: a marginally curved cooking surface. Evenness is vital in light of the fact that the nonstick covering on an uneven surface makes margarine and oil slide to the least point, making it about difficult to get even scope. A curved surface can likewise make two broiled eggs move to inverse sides of the skillet and turn out to be difficult to flip without a spatula.

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A decent nonstick container has the qualities of a customary skillet—notwithstanding warming, great flared sides, great harmony amongst body and handle—however includes a smooth covering.

Indeed, even warmth dissemination

A nonstick skillet that conveys warm equally over the cooking surface won't just shield your nourishment from searing however will likewise last more. Nonstick covering separates quicker at high temperatures, so problem areas can abbreviate the life expectancy of a skillet. We favor skillets produced using cast or anodized aluminum since it's a cheap material, a superb warmth conductor, and solid.

Hardened steel tri-employ (aluminum sandwiched by two layers of tempered steel) is additionally a great material for even warmth conveyance, and not at all like aluminum, tri-handle chips away at acceptance cooktops. Yet, tri-handle nonstick dish are significantly more costly than their aluminum partners, and it's by and large not worth paying that much for a container that will last just a couple of years. Presently you can discover aluminum container with reinforced steel plates on the base that perform exceptionally well and work on acceptance, at a small amount of the cost.


Indeed, even warmth dissemination is essential for making immaculate brilliant crepes. Photo: Michael Hession

Similarly likewise with customary skillets, nonstick dish with flared sides play out the best. The wide shape empowers brisk and exact flipping without the utilization of a spatula. Also, regardless of whether you're more disposed to utilize a turner, the wide flare offers more space to move under sustenance than straight sides do. Flared sides likewise advance more vanishing, which implies less water gathers in the skillet, and nourishments build up a brilliant outside.

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We think $20 to $60 is bounty to spend on a bit of cookware that will give you three to five long periods of utilization.

Skillets with weight adjusted between the handle and body are the most steady and sit level on the burner. The last is particularly critical when you're utilizing acceptance or clay cooktops, where full contact with the burner is vital. All around adjusted dish likewise make it less demanding to twirl crepe hitter and flip fragile sustenances. Yet, adjust doesn't mean much if the handle is awkward to hold or ponderously calculated. A bowed lip is a reward that makes it simple to pour off fluids (like overabundance oil or hitter) with negligible dribbling.

Cost and life span

The surface on a shiny new nonstick container is the slickest it'll ever be before it makes the moderate walk toward incapability through utilize and wear. Indeed, even with legitimate care, any nonstick skillet has a shorter life expectancy than other cookware, in light of the fact that the nonstick covering will unavoidably wear off. We think $20 to $60 is bounty to spend on a bit of cookware that will give you three to five long periods of utilization.

Despite the fact that numerous dish accompany a constrained lifetime guarantee, these certifications won't cover wear and tear (like surface scratches and progressive breakdown of the nonstick covering) or abuse and mishandle. Read the direction manual for any nonstick skillet you purchase, since a few things—like utilizing nonstick cooking splash or putting your container in the dishwasher—will void the guarantee.

Two omelets on a plate. The main one has few breaks, while the last one is gouged and tore in the center.

Top: the Tramontina's omelet. Base: the Scanpan Classic's omelet. It was hard to get a smooth omelet from the Scanpan because of its huge cooking surface. Photo: Michael Hession

How we tried

When we initially tried nonstick dish in 2016, we directed a full battery of tests that included making French omelets, fricasseed eggs over simple, burned tilapia filets, hash tans, and crepes. All the while, we understood the tests had a great deal of repetition. For instance, singing sensitive tilapia didn't demonstrate us anything not the same as searing eggs over simple. Also, crepes demonstrated an indistinguishable sautéing design from hash tans.

For this refresh, we pared the testing to cooking French omelets, singed eggs over simple, and crepes. French omelets are customarily fleecy and boring, so we tried how delicately the skillets cooked eggs without sautéing, and how rapidly they discharged. Flipping singed eggs over simple is a sensitive undertaking, and we searched for dish with flared sides that made it easy to manage without the assistance of a spatula. Making tall piles of crepes helped us judge how agreeable and flexibility each container felt in the hand while we whirled the player over the surface.

We additionally tried each skillet's warmth dispersion by toasting a thin layer of universally handy flour filtered over the surface of the dish. Watching the flour darker let us recognize problem areas initially. For enlistment prepared container, we utilized a convenient acceptance burner to influence omelets and toast to flour notwithstanding the stovetop tests.

The Tramontina Professional 10-Inch Restaurant Pan is our most loved in light of the fact that it's sublimely nonstick, superb at equally conveying heat, effectively flexibility for quick cooking sustenances, and reasonable. The handle is agreeable and accompanies a removable silicone sheath. The Tramontina's surface is the ideal size for cooking a three-egg omelet, and its flared sides are all around plotted for simple flipping. We additionally like that this dish is likewise accessible in 8-, 12-, and 14-inch sizes to suit diverse cooking needs.

The Tramontina's nonstick covering is smooth and smooth, and effectively discharged nourishment through rehashed tests. Light yellow omelets slid out easily from this dish, as did tilapia filets. We realize that nonstick skillet are best when spic and span, and age is the genuine basic analysis. Be that as it may, we've utilized a Tramontina 8-inch nonstick container routinely for a long time, and the covering is quite recently beginning to dull.

We were inspired with how the Tramontina yielded uniformly brilliant crepes and feathery yellow French omelets. The thick cast-aluminum development scatters steady warmth over the cooking surface, bringing about less problem areas and better warmth control. In correlation, the Anolon Advanced container demonstrated the most outrageous sautéing and got extremely hot when we set it over a similar warmth setting

The wide-point bends made flipping fricasseed eggs and fish simple, keeping yolks and filets unblemished. We likewise saw how effectively flexibility the Tramontina was as we over and over whirled crepe hitter. The agreeable handle and great adjust kept hand and arm weariness under control, and the twisted lip let us neatly spill out overabundance crepe hitter with no rebel trickles. Attempting to spill hitter out of dish with straight lips, similar to the Scanpan and Swiss Diamond skillets, was an alternate story: Batter trickled down the sides of each container and onto the stove and ledges.

Despite the fact that we didn't test these container in the broiler, Tramontina guarantees its skillet is great up to 400 degrees. So simply ahead and make frittatas and Spanish tortillas without stressing over harm. We likewise like the removable silicone sheath on the handle since it gives you the decision to utilize it or not. (I for one picked not to utilize it just in light of the fact that I like holding container with a collapsed kitchen towel.)

The Tramontina is a can anticipate what you get. Since most nonstick cookware has a three-to-five-year life expectancy, $30 to $40 is a sensible cost to pay. The container likewise accompanies a constrained lifetime guarantee that secures against maker absconds, (for example, free bolts, or covering that air pockets and chips off) however not general wear and tear, abuse, or manhandle.

Our pick is now and then called the Tramontina 10-inch Commercial Nonstick Fry Pan at specific retailers, yet the organization guaranteed us that the Professional and Commercial models were the same. You can likewise get a comparative two-piece set at Costco at the cost of one dish on Amazon.

Blemishes however not dealbreakers

This dish has two or three minor imperfections. It's not good with acceptance cooktops, but rather our different picks are. Likewise, the bolts that protected the handle to the container don't have a nonstick covering. Despite the fact that covered bolts are a pleasant element since they help make cleanup simpler, we don't think scrubbing a little egg off some exposed aluminum is a dealbreaker.

The 8-and 10-inch skillets incorporated into the All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pans Set are thick, smooth, tough, appropriate for all cooktops, and an extraordinary arrangement. In our tests, they performed on a standard with our best pick, the Tramontina Professional. Like our best pick, the B1 skillet have aluminum bodies, bolted cast hardened steel handles, flared sides, and twisted lips. In any case, dissimilar to the Tramontina, they additionally chip away at enlistment ranges.

The B1 skillet aren't our best pick since they arrive in a set, and two nonstick dish may be pointless excess for a great deal of people. Consequently, we've maintained a strategic distance from sets in the past for this guide and concentrated principally on open-stock skillet. Be that as it may, the interest of two acceptance prepared skillets for not as much as a large portion of the cost of our previous redesign pick, the tri-utilize All-Clad Non-Stick Fry Pan, was too bravo to leave behind.

The 10-inch All-Clad B1 skillet flipped eggs and crepes, and cooked a fleecy yellow omelet and additionally our best pick. We additionally found that both B1 container had totally level surfaces, so spread, oil, and eggs stayed where we put them as opposed to sliding to the edge.

The most telling contrast between the All-Clad B1 container and the Tramontina is that the All-Clad dish take more time to warm up on account of their thicker measure. In spite of the fact that the 10-inch All-Clad model toasted flour similarly as uniformly as our best pick, it took an entire moment longer to create a sautéed, brilliant shade. What's more, on an acceptance burner, a similar container took three minutes longer to toast flour than some other enlistment perfect dish we tried. Yet, that is not a detriment for the All-Clad; it didn't dark colored the flour any more than alternate skillet when we expelled it from the burner, which demonstrated to us that it didn't hold abundance warm.

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These dish are super tough, and will presumably stay strong long after the nonstick covering craps out.

The 10-inch All-Clad container has a marginally bigger surface cooking than my best pick. What's more, in light of the fact that the All-Clad skillet is produced using thicker aluminum, it weighs right around 1 pound more than the 2-pound Tramontina Professional.

Estimating heat dispersion on gas and enlistment yielded distinctive outcomes since they're two unique kinds of warmth. Acceptance cooktops utilize an electromagnetic curl to exchange vitality—which transforms into warm—to the container. Every one of the dish we tried on acceptance, the All-Clad B1 included, carmelized for the most part finished the curl, leaving a border of white. Be that as it may, when we utilized warm conduction warm (gas or electric), the All-Clad B1 warmed reliably over its surface.

These container are super strong, and will presumably stay strong long after the nonstick covering craps out. The bolted treated steel handles are agreeable to hold and sit at an edge that makes hurling and flipping simple. Indeed, even the steel plate attached to the base of each dish (to make them acceptance perfect) appears to be thicker and sturdier than the ones on other enlistment skillet we tried.

On the off chance that you have an acceptance cooktop, $60 for two solid nonstick skillets is an incredible arrangement. Not at all like All-Clad's tri-employ reinforced cookware, the B1 line isn't delivered in the organization's Pennsylvania manufacturing plant however in China. Every Clad back these dish with a lifetime guarantee that spreads fabricating absconds yet not abuse, mishandle, or typical wear and tear.

The T-fal Professional 10-Inch Fry Pan is a durable and flexible skillet that takes a shot at a wide range of extents, even enlistment. We had no issues flipping eggs or making cushioned yellow omelets in this skillet, because of its wide flared sides and sensible surface territory. What's more, this is our lone pick that highlights covered bolts for simpler cleanup. Like other T-fal cookware, the Professional Fry Pan has a shading changing red dab on its surface that turns strong when it achieves 350 degrees—a supportive pointer for individuals who are quite uneasy about the overheating nonstick of skillets. Yet, the T-fal is not my best pick since its straight lip makes spilling out juices and oil somewhat muddled, and the domed surface influences oil and eggs to slide toward the edge.

Like our different picks, the T-fal Professional disseminates warm equally; it's additionally quite smooth, and agreeable to deal with and move. At 1 pound, 12 ounces, it's the lightest of our picks, which is great on the off chance that you don't care for heavier cookware. Be that as it may, the light weight doesn't lessen this T-fal's cooking execution or solidness.

One detriment for the T-fal Professional is that it does not have the bowed lip of our other two picks. In our tests, the T-fal trickled some crepe hitter on the ledge and down the side of the container. It's additionally our lone pick with a silicone handle rather than a cast treated steel one. So albeit rehashed stove utilize may make some wear the handle in the long haul, the dish is broiler safe to 400 degrees.

Contrasted and our different picks, which have level cooking surfaces, the T-fal Professional is marginally domed in the center. Margarine, oil, and eggs tend to slide toward the external edge of the dish. Conversely with dish we tried and rejected, be that as it may, this T-fal's arch is the slightest articulated.

The open-stock T-fal Professional skillet are accessible in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch sizes, and are secured by a constrained lifetime guarantee that shields the purchaser from assembling and material deformities. T-fal claims you can utilize metal utensils on its nonstick skillets, however the guarantee expressly expresses that harm from metal isn't secured.

In the event that you don't cook with acceptance, we think our best pick is the best choice. Be that as it may, for people with enlistment cooktops who would prefer not to pay $60 for the All-Clad B1 set, the T-fal is a strong decision. The steel plates on both the T-fal and All-Clad container measure about a similar breadth, however All-Clad's fortified circle appears to be thicker and more significant. Looking at the two container on enlistment, we found that the All-Clad showed marginally preferable warmth appropriation and control over the T-fal Professional. However, in the event that you need just a single nonstick container, or would prefer not to spend a considerable measure of cash on a skillet that will in the end require supplanting, the T-fal Professional is a strong decision.

Something else to note is that, as of this composition, the picture of this skillet on the Amazon item page demonstrates uncoated bolts, however we reached the organization about this, and a delegate consoled us this was an oversight on Amazon's part. The dish you get will have covered bolts.

Care and support

The covering on nonstick container is sensitive, most definitely. To delay the life of your dish, take after these guidelines:

Rub a little measure of vegetable oil onto the cooking surface while it's as yet icy. Nonstick skillet require some fat to be compelling. Likewise, some nonstick dish should be prepared every so often with a little measure of oil. Make sure to check the directions that accompany your prospect utilize and upkeep.

Never under any circumstance utilize nonstick cooking splash on your dish. After some time, it will develop and make your skillet inclined to staying. I know—amusing, correct?

Try not to put your nonstick cookware in the dishwasher. The contention for this changes. Some accuse warm and unforgiving cleansers for the untimely breakdown of nonstick covering, in spite of the fact that we couldn't discover solid confirmation to help these cases. It's more probable that the skillet rubbing against fired dishes and metal utensils in the dishwasher makes harm the nonstick surface. Simply wash your nonstick cookware by hand. It's simple.

Ward off every single metal utensil from your nonstick skillet. Organizations get a kick out of the chance to assert their nonstick surfaces are strong against metal, yet that is not the situation for life span. Utilize plastic, silicone, or wooden apparatuses.

Clean your nonstick cookware with delicate wipes, similar to the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge or Scotch-Brite Dobie cushion. Never utilize hard core scour wipes or steel scrubbers.

Try not to overheat your container. High temperatures separate nonstick covering. Cook your nourishment over low to medium warmth.

Running a hot skillet under cool water is never a smart thought. The outrageous temperature change will wear out the covering speedier. Give your dish a chance to cool before washing.

In the event that you stack your skillet to store them, secure the covering of your nonstick container by putting a dish cloth or paper towel between the dish.

What to do with your old nonstick skillet

Since nonstick skillet aren't legacy pieces, and the covering will in the end wear off, you should manage transfer. The uplifting news is, the dish doesn't need to go in a landfill. Numerous urban areas will take went through skillet with the reusing (however a few urban areas won't take covered container, and you most likely need to expel any plastic parts). On the off chance that such a reusing framework doesn't exist in your general vicinity, you can take the dish to a piece yard.

The opposition

Our previous sprinter up pick, the Contour Cuisinart Anodized Hard nonstick skillet is as yet a decent decision, yet the cost is excessively steep, making it impossible to legitimize its inconsistency with enlistment cooktops.

The pure tri-utilize All-Clad 10-inch Non-Stick Fry Pan is not any more our overhaul pick. This All-Clad skillet is as yet a stellar entertainer over all cooktops, however there are presently substantially less costly container that cook on acceptance. On account of this, and the way that nonstick dish have a moderately short life expectancy, we chose that $140 for a nonstick container was excessively to spend.

In spite of the fact that we prescribe the Cuisinart MultiClad cookware set and 12-inch skillet, we can't suggest the nonstick dish. The MultiClad Pro Cuisinart Nonstick Stainless Skillet Steel has accessibility issues. However, likely more vital, the most widely recognized protest among Amazon analysts is that the nonstick covering peels off in sheets.

The Professional Tramontina Nonstick Fusion Fry Pan includes a rivetless cooking surface for simpler cleaning. We needed to love this skillet, however it has a somewhat domed cooking surface that sends oil and eggs dashing to the edge.

Made In's immediate request tri-employ nonstick sear skillet has some adjust issues. The skillet tilts back toward the handle so it doesn't sit level, a genuine issue for acceptance cooktops, which depend on flush contact to warm appropriately.

In our pursuit to locate an awesome spending dish, we tried the T-fal Initiatives Fry Pan. It was a satisfactory entertainer in our tests, yet it feels really shaky. We think our acceptance good and sturdier sprinter up pick, the T-fal Professional dish, is justified regardless of the value knock.

The new-in-2018 T-fal Titanium Advanced has an expansive cooking surface and high, soak sides that made flipping eggs and moving omelets a task for us.

Like our sprinter up pick, the ProGrade T-fal Nonstick Titanium Fry Pan is really acceptance good. The flared sides of the pan are incredible for hurling and flipping, and the surface is pleasant and smooth. Yet, we as a whole concurred that the cumbersome handle was too huge, particularly with collapsed towels or hot cushions.

We had trusted the Utopia Induction Kitchen Aluminum Bottom Skillet Nonstick would be kind of the heavenly chalice of shoddy nonstick skillets, however it wasn't. The aluminum edge was so delicate, it marked following two long stretches of cooking and stacking (despite the fact that we stacked the skillet with dish towels to ensure the covering).

The Vollrath Wear Ever-Smooth Fry Pan With CeramiGuard II Non-Stick is a star style covered aluminum skillet with brilliant warmth conveyance and taking care of. We even adored the nonstick-covered bolts. In any case, we can't prescribe this container since utilizing it in a home kitchen (instead of an eatery) voids the guarantee.

The Scanpan Classic Fry Pan has a major cooking surface that is too huge for three-egg omelets. We couldn't make an even layer of eggs before collapsing, which brought about an uneven omelet. The skillet's straight sides yielded half-flipped hash tans. It had great warmth dissemination, however.

The Swiss Diamond Nonstick Fry Pan is fundamentally the same as the Scanpan in outline and dealing with yet commonly costs $20 more. It has a comparatively expansive cooking surface and straight sides. We additionally had similar issues making omelets and flipping hash tans with the Swiss Diamond as we did with the Scanpan.

The Anolon Advanced 10-Inch French Skillet is a sturdily built anodized aluminum skillet with a bolted silicone-covered handle. It has liberally slanted sides and a bowed lip, and can survive stove temperatures up to 400 degrees. The drawbacks of this container are its little cooking surface (7 inches) and its propensity to get extremely hot. When we cooked tilapia, the surface temperature rose to 486 degrees when the fish left the skillet.

The epitomized base on the Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 10-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan conveyed spotty sautéing. Such conflicting warmth dispersion makes problem areas and will prompt untimely breakdown of the nonstick covering.

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