The Original GreenPan™ Review

 

 

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 Details of the GreenPan

Here is a pan with a very nice weight: not too heavy not too light. It has thick anodized aluminum walls and a beautiful shiny Thermolon ceramic finish. Its ergonomic handle makes it easy to pick up and move around.

Because of aluminum’s great conductivity and its thick wall construction, this pan heats up very fast. I have an electric stove and I turn the heat up to high, place the pan on the burner, and after one minute (that is 60 seconds) I turn it down to 8.
I am always carefull of adding some oil as soon as it starts to get warm but maybe I am just being extra careful. Other reviewers heat the pan dry and then add ingredients with the intention of searing them at high heat.

So far I have made tuna steaks, stir fried broccoli, fried eggs, an omelet and pork chops finished with a pan sauce. The one thing I have noticed about this green pan is a quality that most nonstick pans have: it makes great fond. (watch my video as I wash away the brown “goodies” )
These are the brown bits that help make a great pan sauce. Deglaze it with stock or wine to add flavor to your dish. The best part about it is that in the end, nothing will stick to it

Cleaning it is a breeze. One word of caution: the manufacturer recommends hand washing and so do I. It is such a quick and easy way of taking care of your investment, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It also comes with a plastic insert which I kept in order to protect the nonstick surface from scratching.

Features:

  • A natural, Thermolon™  non-stick mineral-based coating.
  • No potentially dangerous chemical’s inside: It’s completely PTFE-free and contains no silicone oil.
  • Manufactured without PFOA and applied in an environmentally friendly way, resulting in 60% less 2 emissions  (hence the name “green”).
  • Heat resistant up to high temperatures. If you accidentally overheat your pan, even up to 450°C/850°F, no toxic fumes will be released and the coating will not blister or peel.

What we liked:

  • Thick aluminum walls
  • No PTFE coatings, no PFOA used in manufacturing
  • Heats up fast
  • Ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold and move
  • Food slides effortlessly
  • Sears and browns food better than other nonstick
  • Heat resistant so it allows you to finish dishes in the oven

What we didn’t like:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not compatible with induction cooking

As far as caring for it, follow these recommendations:

  • Always hand wash
  • Use a bit of oil or butter when heating the pan
  • Do not use oil sprays as they tend to creat a film on the sides
  • Stay away from corn oil as it has a tendency to create a “gummy” residue
  • Do not use exesive heat. It has such great conductivity, that you don’t have to
  • Use the plastic insert if you nest your frying pan with others. This will prevent scratching

In essence the pan does what it is supposed to do. It cooks quickly, the food does not stick and it cleans easily, all without the potential of harmful chemical residues in the food.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

    i registered for these after rnidaeg reviews (everywhere but amazon or i would have thought twice) and seeing them at bed bath and beyond. i liked that they were not too heavy, nonstick, hard anodized and i thought the calphalon name was a good one. i got the set and 3 pieces had already been slightly damaged due to the packaging rubbing too hard against the non stick surface. i didn’t think it looked too bad though and decided to keep them. storage was a whole other problem. i don’t have a pot rack and used to keep my old set nested inside each other in the drawer under my stove. since the finish will get scratched if they rub against each other i had to completely reorganize my cabinets so i could find space for all of the pieces. i ended up nesting them anyway but have to keep an old dish towel between each piece so nothing touches. about a week after getting them i made pasta in one of the pots. i added some basil, oil, red pepper flakes and garlic salt and stirred it (with a wooden spoon) around until i heard and felt it scratch. i dumped out the pasta and there was a 3 inch scratch from the garlic salt i guess. so that did it for me. i know you are supposed to be careful with the nonstick finish and i am. i have all silicone, nylon or wooden utensils. i clean them properly. but it is too much of a hassle now worrying the food will scratch it too. i am returning this set today and buying a stainless steel set.

  2. Salome Waters
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM | Permalink

    I had trouble with the finish of the first Green Pan I bought so I notified the company with the warranty, and received a brand-new, better-than-ever Green Pan with deeper wok sides and a much-improved finish.

    This new pan I LOVE!

  3. PK
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

    I bought an 8″ stainless steel/ceramic Original GreenPan fry pan. I use a small amount of butter in it and use it several times a week when I cook eggs, sandwiches, sauté veggies or chicken. The handle stays cool, it feels sturdy and secure on my gas cooktop and is well balanced (even when empty). It cooks quickly and evenly, browns well and cleans up beautifully in the dishwasher or with a fast swish in the sink by hand. I would like to purchase more pieces but I’m having problems finding them anywhere. Amazon doesn’t offer any stainless GreenPans and Target has been out for months. I’ve always preferred stainless to aluminum for longevity and ease of clean up. Calphalon doesn’t seem to hold up as well for us, so I guess I’ll just keep hunting for more GreenPans!

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