Green pan Cookware Set are the newest green and healthy cookware. But is it really. These days, manufacturer like to market cookware as healthy and chemical free. This is thanks to the growing fears of teflon. You will often see things as ptfe or pfoa free. However, usually, these fears are overblown. Nevertheless, the end result is a new line of ceramic cookware that has none of the issue of traditional teflon. Green Pan is one of the leader in this line up. This review will take a closer look at the overall design and construction of the cookware.
Green Pan Cookware Set Review Quick Summary
|Categories||Pioneer Woman Cookware Set|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction|
|Country of Manufacturer||Cant find information probably China.|
|Thoughts||Overall a well designed product. I would say the biggest issue is the ceramic coating. Not to say that Green Pan has horrible ceramics. But rather ceramic in general. They do not tend to hold up well. If you are ok with the limited lifespan, then its a good choice.|
|Reviewed Cookware||GreenPan CC000675-001 Valencia Pro 100% Toxin-Free Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Metal Utensil Dishwasher/Oven Safe Cookware Set, 11pc|
History of Green Pan
Green Pan is a belgain company that started in 2007. It was started by Jan Helskens and Wim De Veirman two school friends. They saw the demand of a healthier alternative when fears around PFOA and PTFE started to grew. Today, Green Pan is one of the biggest manufacturer of green or ceramic cookware. They are one of the best choice for alternative nonstick cookware.
Green Pan Cookware Set Design
This section will discuss the construction and design of Green Pan Valencia Pro cookware set. We will go over construction design and general performance.
The handle on the valencia set uses an all metal construction. Its stainless steel handle and base heat choke keeps it cool to the touch. Not only that, it gives the cookware an upper oven safe temperature. This set has a surprising oven safe and broiler safe temperature of 600 degree Fahrenheit. One of the highest in the industry. However, in the oven, you should expect the handle to get hot. You should always use a towel/glove when handling it.
In terms of ergonomic, it is very comfortable. The rounded shape ensures that there is no sharp corner to cut into you. The slight taper and belly on the bottom is comfortable and contour to the shape of your hand. However, it lacks any texture to provide extra grip. If your hand is greasy, it can rotate in your hand.
The shape of the cookware is pretty basic. The skillets are traditional french style skillet. The sides are low and in general, easy to use. However, there is no rolled lip which makes it difficult to pour liquid. The sauce pots are more wide than tall. These designs make cooking easier overall. A wider surface means that you can sear more food in a single batch. Crowding food tends to cause food to steam and lack flavor. The saute and dutch oven also share similar design. Overall, they are pretty well designed with no odds shape or cost cutting measure that some other manufacturer have.
Ceramic Nonstick Coating
Green Pan uses a ceramic coating that has no PTFE or PFOA coating. The problem with this design is that ceramic coating has a reputation of low durability. Since the coating is not as ductile as traditional teflon, the coating with expand and contract with the pan. This causes tears and crack. It is common to have ceramic cookware lose its nonstick after only a few uses. However, the result may vary based on the user. While I personally still have my reservation about its durability, you should use your best judgement.
In terms of the fear of PFOA, usually pfoa is only used during the manufacturing of the nonstick coating. Typically, it does not have any traces of it in the final product. It is more of an environmental concern. Hence the name green I guess.
Interesting enough, the manufacturer have decided to hard anodize the exterior. They makes the surface tougher and more resistant to chipping. The question is whether they use Teflon to coat the exterior. I personally never seen a ceramic based hard anodize cookware. Nevertheless, this makes cleaning the exterior a little easier.
The cookware uses a tempered glass lid. This lets you look in when cooking. While they may sound good in theory, with use, they can crack and shatter. Also, once steam start to form, you cant really see anything. Which kind of defeats the purpose of it. A better choice would be to have an all metal lid. You do not have to baby it and it wont shatter.
Induction and Stainless Steel
In order for a product to be induction capable, it has to be magnetic. Since aluminum tends to have a poor magnetic pull, manufacturer will stick a stainless steel base on the bottom. This does two thing. First, it increases the weight. This weight increase improves the amount of heat that can be stored into the pan. The second is that it gives an induction capability to an otherwise incompatible pan. It also makes it a little less prone to warping.
The 11 piece set has everything a home cook should need. However, the 11 piece is a bit misleading. The lids are consider as individual pieces. Manufacturer like to do this so that it looks like you have a better value product.
Green Pan Cookware Set Thoughts
Overall, the design and construction is pretty good. However, the biggest issue is how long the ceramic coating will last. A nonstick pan is only as good as the nonstick. Once that goes, you basically have a regular pan. For that reason, I think this set is a little more expensive than other sets.
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