This year GreenPan™ celebrated an important milestone: 5 years ago GreenPan pioneered and offered a safe and healthy alternative to traditional non-stick cookware. GreenPan is made with Thermolon™ an environmentally friendly, PTFE-free ceramic, non-stick technology. Thermolon is used on all GreenPans to provide professional chefs and home cooks with a top performing cooking surface. It is the first patented mineral-based non-stick coating that is safe at very high temperatures.
Pans can be used in the oven or on the stovetop at temperatures up to 850° F/450° C. Its extra hard surface makes it more resistant to scratches and abrasions than most non-stick products and it won’t flake or peel off into food. Since it is PTFE-free and uses no PFOA in manufacturing, GreenPan cookware is environmentally friendly and healthy.
The pan collections are made from various types of aluminum for heat conductivity throughout the surface and up the walls of the pots and pans which provides even cooking.
The company information lists several benefits their pan offers versus traditional non-stick cookware.
Healthy and eco-friendly:
1 – Made with Thermolon™ non-stick technology; A natural, non-stick mineral-based coating.
2 – No potentially dangerous chemicals inside: It’s completely PTFE-free and contains no silicone oil.
3 – Manufactured without PFOA and applied in an environmentally friendly way, resulting in 60% less CO-2 emissions.
4 – 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
5 – Use of up-cycled aluminum for the pan and up-cycled stainless steel for the handles.
6 – Eco-friendly construction. The flat side on the wall of the pans makes it possible to provide each item of the range with an identical handle, resulting in less tooling and less waste.
7 – Easy recycling: handles are made of up-cycled materials and have an ingenious design that makes it possible to dissemble the handle and fix it on to a new body. In that way it receives a second life.
As part of a press offering, I received an 8″ skillet or what could also be called an omelet pan. It has an anodized aluminum base fitted with a metal handle made from up-cycled aluminum. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
Anodized aluminum is harder than normal spun aluminum often used in cookware. This gives it the ability to maintain and hold heat better, often referred to as heat capacity. This pan has very thick – 1/4″ – walls which adds to its durability.
As the handle is attached to the exterior with screws in the thicker “back” side, there are no inside rivets to catch fat or food. This makes thorough cleaning easier. The removable handles mean that at the end of the pan’s life, the handles can be screwed off for ease of recycling and reuse.
This pan has an induction ready bottom disk so it can be use it on any current cooking surface. Why the need for the modified bottom? Aluminum is not magnetic and will not work on induction cooktops.
I used this small skillet to cook all manner of eggs (fried, over easy, scrambled and omelet), sausage, chicken breasts, or fish – quite literally anything that would fit inside the 8″ space.
I never had any problem with food sticking. The GreenPan, like any non-stick pan, needs to be heated to a proper temperature before putting food inside it. Placing food in a cold pan will result in sticking to the bottom or side. But given the capability of the Thermolon non-stick surface, even then the food that slightly stuck could be easily freed with a spatula.
To help with release in a non-stick pan, I typically put oil or fat on a paper towel and rub it into the pan surface; with GreenPan, this extra step was not necessary.
Managing temperatures is the key to effectively cooking with any non-stick surface. If you are not comfortable knowing when a pan is at temperature, this can be easily done with an infrared probe. Additionally, a properly maintained surface will clean up easily and last longer.
The pan I used was a promotional model, but in conducting some research, it most closely resembles the Dubai collection which I have only seen sold at Target, but the availability of specific lines is difficult to track. The Dubai line has similar pan construction to the Paris collection seen on HSN and other outlets, however the Paris line has a riveted handle. I have found another slightly similar line at Amazon called Kyoto Bis.
Each Greenpan line will contain different component pieces in addition to having different handles, materials and pan thicknesses.
**Update 2013 – Greenpan is now available in more retail locations, which you can check out on the Greenpan website… http://www.green-pan.us/us/where-to-buy-2097.htm
Overall, I could not be happier with the pan itself. As I mention above, the Thermolon surface has a very high heat tolerance so even if you fail to maintain your pan temperatures, it should hold up just fine. You still don’t want to cook anything in heat over 450° F as food will tend to over cook on the outside before the inside reaches the proper safe temperature.
– comes to temperature quickly
– retains steady even heat
– a true Eco-friendly non-stick surface
I can’t speak for the other collections or lines, but I can say that I do like this one very much.
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