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Granite Stone Pan is the latest cookware by the As Seen on TV brand. Although similar, its not quite the same as the granite rock pan. the Granitestone pan features a triple layer food grade granite layer that maximizes durability. It has natural mineral coating for a superior nonstick cooking experience. The Pressed aluminum means that it maximizes the durability. And unlike other nonstick cookware, the maximum oven safe temperature is 500 degree Fahrenheit. All this for an incredibly low price. With that description, who would buy it? The problem with this is that most of these things are just marketing gimmick. When you get down to it, there are actually more issue than you would suspect. This review will take a closer look at its design and construction. We will discuss whether its really as good as it claims to be.
Granite Stone Pan Cookware Review Quick Summary
|Categories||Granitestone Pan Cookware|
|Oven Safe||500 Degree Fahrenheit|
|Country of Manufacturer||Unsure|
|Thoughts||Although the pan has some misleading marketing tactics. The pan does work and offers a pretty decent value. Just dont expect to fry eggs without any oil or smash it with a sledgehammer. The Cookware Set is a better choice if you are looking for overall value.|
|Reviewed Cookware||GRANITESTONE Non-stick, No-warp, Mineral-enforced Frying Pans PFOA-Free As Seen On TV (11-inch)|
GraniteStone Pan Cookware Design
This section will discuss the overall design of Granite Stone pan. We will take a look at its handle, shape and general configuration.
The handle is a generic stainless steel handle that stays cool to the touch. At its base, there is a heat choke to prevent the transfer of heat. The stainless steel construction also inhibits heat conduction because of the poor conductivity. In the center, it divots inward so that it grips into your palm, much like how All Clad handle does. However, the handle is thin and feels cheaply made. It is very uncomfortable to hold but does its job. It isn’t as bad if you wear a glove. Aside from that, it is affixed via rivets, ensuring that they will stay secure for a long time.
Another good thing about the handle is that its all metal. Most manufacturer will use a plastic or silicone handle. While comfortable, they have a lower heat limit. For the Granitestone pan, it has a heat limit of 500 degree, no doubt thanks to the handle.
The shape of the skillet is surprisingly good. It resembles that of a traditional french skillet. These design are great for tossing food with your wrist. However, this does require some practice. But if you get this down, you do not need to use a spatula. The high sidewall does inhibits evaporation of liquid, but you can avoid this by not crowding the pan. The lips are also rolled to aid in the pouring of liquid. Overall, the skillet is pretty well designed.
Granite Stone Pan Non Stick Coating
Granite Stone Pan seems to be very vague about the type of coating they use. No where does it explicitly say whether its ceramic or teflon. But based on the desciption, I am assuming they use teflon. How they affix it to the pan is via hard anodizing. These types of methods generally produces a more durable nonstick coating. They are affixed via a electrochemical process instead of it being painted on.
While the company claims that the coating is granite layer, I have my doubt. More than likely they just called their nonstick coating granite and applied it three times. Hence the claim, triple food-grade granite layers. The good thing is that the three layers mean that it is more durable. If you manage to get pass one or even two layers, you still have a third one for protection.
The issue that I see is that there are quite a few people on Amazon complaining that it sticks. They tried to cook the food without any oil. Which is understandable considering the marketing segment the company has. I would personally just ignore that and account that to marketing gimmick. Use oil if you want the pan to work properly.
Prolonging the life of the Pan
There are some ways you can prolong the life of your pan. First of all, never use a metal utensil. Despite the three layer, forks and knives will slice right through them. It doesnt matter if its “Granite” or not. Expect the coating to fail just like any other nonstick would.
Second is to not overheat the pan. While the claim it is safe up to 500 degree Fahrenheit. I do not recommend reaching that temperature. High heat is the biggest cause of failure for nonstick pan. Use oil in a cold pan to temper the heat of the pan. If you see smoke from the oil, lower the heat.
One final thing, do not whack it with a sledgehammer. While they might have that on the commercial, the reality is that it wont survive that. Dont do that unless you just want to do it for fun.
Granite Stone Pan Aluminum layer
Aluminum is one of the best heat conducting metal out there. Its light and cheap to boot. For that reason, manufacturer love using them. If you have a nonstick pan, more than likely its made of aluminum. The reason why you want a pan with good heat conductivity is because it gets hot fast. It also reduces the amount of heat spot the pan has. If your pan is made of poor heat conductive metal, one side might be hot and the other will be cold. This isnt good when you are browning meats.
The pan comes with a ten year warranty. While most manufacturer offers a warranty, I would personally take it with a grain of salt. If you factor in the cost to ship it, it almost turns out the same as a new pan. You also run the risk of them denying you the warranty. At that price, I would rather get a new pan.
Granite Stone Pan Cookware Thoughts
While the marketing gimmicks might be deceitful, you are still getting a pretty decent nonstick pan. Dont expect it to fry a pan without oil nor should you expect it to survive a sledgehammer. If you use it as you would a normal pan, it should work just fine. The handle could have also been designed a little better.
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