Friday, June 15, 2012

Ceramic non-stick cookware review

ceramic cookwareOur Daily Green's home is on-the-go, but we try to cook as many meals as possible from scratch and at home. One of our favorite time-savers for quick clean up is non-stick cookware. Then we learned of all the dangers in the coatings, we decided to do some shopping for safer cookware. Traditional non-stick cookware uses PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE) or PerFluoroOctanoic Acid (PFOA) to keep the surface slick and food from sticking. (from The Free Dictionary)
PFTE is a synthetic material commonly used as a nonstick lining in domestic cooking utensils (frypans); abbreviated PTFE; called also Teflon. Overheating produces toxic fumes that cause an acute hemorrhagic pneumonitis and death in small caged birds, which are particularly susceptible. Called also polymer-fume fever, kitchen deaths.
PFOA persists indefinitely in the environment. It is a toxicant and carcinogen in animals. In people, it is detected in the blood of general populations in the low and sub-parts per billion range. Chemical plant employees and surrounding subpopulations have been identified with higher blood levels. Exposure is most consistently associated with increased cholesterol and uric acid levels, but there is insufficient evidence to conclude that PFOA exposure results in adverse health effects in people.
We didn't take theses concerns lightly and began to research alternative non-stick cookware. Our quest led us to The Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, and we contacted the company to see if they would be interested in having their cookware reviewed. Much to Our Daily Green's delight, they agreed and sent us a free 8" frying pan to test.

We've read many reviews on ceramic non-stick cookware and have some some concerns about durability. We believe that the problems are as a result of not properly following the instructions for use, but to be completely fair, today's review is the initial review, and we will follow up after we've used the pan for 6 weeks.

To preserve the finish, the company suggests:
  • No metal utensils, only wooden or plastic can be used 
  • Hand wash for best care
  • Use very little oil if needed, but excess seasoning will cause residue to build up and food will stick
  • Allowing the pan to cool completely before washing
  • Do not use in the oven above 356 Fahrenheit
  • Use only medium heat on the burners
  • To remove periodic buildup of food and oil residue, wipe with lemon juice or vinegar
We used our pan this morning, for the first time to make some scrambled eggs. Here are the photos:

ceramic nonstick cookware
Out of the box

spinach and scrambled eggs

non stick
look how nicely they cooked!

ecozeri cookware
almost as clean as it started
Our initial impression is VERY positive. We're excited to report back how well our frying pan holds up the next few weeks with careful use.
A special thank you again to Moderna Housewares for the opportunity to review your product. In accordance with disclosure laws, the frying pan was sent to us free of charge, but only in exchange for an honest review.


Anonymous said...

Curios how this pan held up

FreshGreen Kim said...

Still using it today, no nicks or loss of non-stick properties. I really do believe the key is not letting it get too hot as well as letting it cool down first.

Cook said...

Thank you for this review! I'm allways looking for interesting artivles on (ceramic) cookware and general information on cooking/food.
Keep up the good work!

rose82 said...

r u sure about this pan...does it actually give to the expectations ...and will it stay healthy to cook in and easy to durable is it.

Anonymous said...

How is it possible that any kind of metal cookware can be called green? The manufacturing of metal cookware can never be considered green - never, regardless of what kind of ceramic coating is sprayed onto the pan.

FreshGreen Kim said...

Anonymous, Our Daily Green embraces the "80/20" approach to green. We encourage folks to move in a more green direction than they currently are, which includes avoiding petroleum based coatings on their cookware.

Rose, I've had this pan for about a year, as you can see. It still looks new and I use it several mornings/week. The key is to make sure you only cook at medium temperature and to also make sure the pan is fully cooled before you wash it. It's held up beautifully.

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