Ecolution™, around since 2008, is an affordable, environmentally responsible line of nonstick cookware. The company uses Hydrolon, an ecologically advanced water based non-stick coating, made without PFOA, which is safer for humans and the planet. Their pledge to be a more ecologically responsible company goes beyond the avoidance of PFOA nonstick surface as the company philosophy considers every aspect of the manufacturing process.
This philosophy can be summed up in the phrase “Cook Well. Do Good.” The details of which can be found on the company’s Do Good section of the website.
ECO-Friendly Do Good Policy
Like many companies Ecolution follows the mantra Renew, Reuse, Recycle.
This manifests itself in several ways:
- Use of recycled steel racking in their distribution centers
- Use of biodegradable packaging to replace old “polybags”
- Printing packaging on 70% recycled materials
- Do Good page has suggestions for keeping old pans out of the trash/landfill:
1 – Consider turning your used cookware into a planter, animal bowl, or storage for your workshop
2 – If you can’t think of any use for your old cookware around the house, then consider donating it to a charity.
3 – Find a recycling center that will allow you to drop off scrap metal in your community.
Ecolution NonStick Cookware
The nonstick pan collection is made from pure aluminum for even heat conductivity throughout the surface of the pan. Aluminum is the second most conductive metal, after copper, which means it responds quickly to heat adjustments.
The company information lists several benefits of their non-stick pans:
1 – Made with Hydrolon™ nonstick technology; A material free from PFOA.
2 – Pure aluminum insures a light weight, easy to handle pan with responsive, consistent heating.
3 – Soft Handles made of comfy, easy to grip, stay cool silicone
4 – Grooved rings on the bottom distributes even heat to the maximum surface area
5 – Unlike most nonstick cookware, Ecolutions pans can go directly in the dishwasher
What is PFOA-FREE Hydrolon NonStick?
Nonstick cookware by Ecolution employs Hydrolon a new WATER BASED application system, marketed exclusively by Ecolution. Hydrolon is a multi-layer nonstick, similar to traditional nonstick surfaces. All coats use water to apply the nonstick in place of PFOA (pertluorooctanoic acid), a solvent that was once required in order to manufacture heat and chemical resistant materials applied to cookware. The PFOA is burned off during the firing and finishing process; it takes a very long time to breakdown in the environment and is known to make workers sick.
Unlike PFOA based nonstick, Hydrolon uses a water based application system so it evaporates during the heating stage of adhesion of the nonstick. When the nonstick is applied to the metal, the application solvent that evaporates is simply water, greatly reducing emissions. According to the company, this non-toxic coating is a safer solution for healthy and eco-friendly cooking.
The coating has been thoroughly tested, and performs as well as old PFOA type formulations. The spray application is done by machine for proper application. Testing makes sure that the nonstick release and abrasion resistance meets a high standard and includes Abrasion Test, Contact Angle, Release, Value Boil Test, and Thickness Evaluation.
As part of a press offering, I received an 11″ skillet to use at home. I have to admit that my initial impression of the pan was that it would not work as well as other nonstick pans I own and use. I normally use cast and forged aluminum pans, love the way those work and find myself skeptical of more basic nonstick pans.
The pan came with a patterned, color coating on the aluminum exterior and bottom.
The aluminum pan feels light and based on the cast aluminum nonstick pans I use, felt wimpy. But as I would learn, weight isn’t an indicator of performance ability. I weighed the Ecolution 11″ nonstick pan at 2.2 lbs. Two other cast aluminum nonstick pans I own weigh over 3 lbs. Numerically that doesn’t seem much, but it felt like a big difference in the hand. The light weight of pure aluminum, what is known as spun aluminum, so named because of the motion used to shaped the aluminum disk into the pan shape. I have for so long associated spun aluminum pans with cheap, lower performing pans, but the simple aluminum construction does allow the manufacturer to sell a more affordable product.
The handle is attached to the exterior with screws which allows the handle to be tightened should it become loose.
Being pure aluminum, with no special bottom disk, it can NOT be used on an induction cooktop. Aluminum is not magnetic and will not work on induction cooktops.
I used this the Ecolution nonstick skillet to cook eggs all ways (fried, over easy, scrambled and omelet), sausages, sauces, chicken breasts, and fish – quite literally anything that would fit inside the 11″ space.
I never had any problem with food sticking. The Ecolution nonstick cookware, like any nonstick pan, needs to be heated to a proper temperature before putting food inside it. Placing food in a cold pan can result in it sticking to the bottom or side. Typically to help with release in nonstick pans, I tend to put oil or fat on a paper towel and rub it into the pan surface, but with the Ecolution pans I found this to be completely unnecessary.
Managing temperatures is the key to effectively cooking with any nonstick surface. The Ecolution pan responded to the most subtle changes in heat so that I could control browning and cooking. Like most nonstick pans, you will want to keep the surface temperature under 450° F. Food cooked at this high temperature will tend to over cook on the outside before the inside reaches the proper safe temperature and the high temperature can shorten the life of the pan. If you are not comfortable knowing when a pan is at temperature, this can be easily done with an infrared probe.
The Ecolution line I used is called Artistry, but I think at one time it was the only line. The Artistry line has the most robust selection of pans Ecolution sells. The pans are sold individually and as sets, like the one below.
Each line will contain different component pieces, but Artistry is the line I see most often in shops and retail outlets.
It took me a while to warm up to the Ecolution nonstick pan, but over time I found myself reaching for it more and more. I like the way this pan comes to temperature quickly, responds to even subtle heat adjustments, steadily holds heat, cooks evenly and with great consistency and ultimately how the nonstick surface was perfectly…nonstick. The only problem, if you can call it that, is if you have a range or cooktop with cast metal cooking grates and you shake the pan back and forth, as I am wont to do, some of the bottom coating may scratch off. This doesn’t mean the pan will perform badly, it just means that aluminum will be exposed on the bottom and may discolor in its “raw” state.
I can’t speak for the other Ecolution cookware lines, but I can say that I do like the Artistry line very much. It is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, online and in a variety of retail locations, such as houseware specific stores and Ace Hardware shops.
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