Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan is one of the many offering by Ozeri. My first experience with this company is their very affordable 10 dollar kitchen scale. It is one of the most used item in my household. Since then, I have a love for their cheap and reliable gadgets. Their frying pan however looks like a regular generic copy of a nonstick pan. Does their product and reliability and performance extend to their frying pan? This review will take a closer look at its design and features. We will discuss how its constructed, the performance, and design.
Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan Quick Summary
|Categories||Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan 12 Inch|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction|
|Colors||Range of Colors/td>|
|Oven Temperature||446 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Warranty||5 year limited lifetime warranty|
|Country of Manufacturer||Unclear|
|Thoughts||A well constructed and affordable non stick pan. I am impressed by the oven temperature safety limit of 446 degrees Fahrenheit. Much higher than its competition with silicone handle. There are also there are also three rivets on the handle. They spare no expensive building this pan.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Ozeri 12 Inch Stone Earth Frying Pan|
Stone Earth Non Stick Coating
It seems like every non stick coating out there has their own version of Tough All natural materials. They hope to relate the durability of these materials and the naturalness of the product to their cookware. However, most if not all of it is just marketing. While I cant say for sure that Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan has no earth in it. I can say that the pan comes with a Greblon C3 label.
Taking a closer look at the label, I found that its a non stick coating manufacturer. The basis of this non stick finish is basically ptfe or teflon. This particular version has three layers to improve the durability of the coating. You can find more about this at their Website.
While every version of teflon has their own special ingredients that offers 50 or even 100 x durability or what not. Most of it is just marketing. It is too difficult to actually get any concrete information from these manufacturer. The only thing you can rely on is treating your pans correctly.
Improving the life of your Non Stick Pan
Here are some things that you can do to prolong the life of your pan.
1) Never use metal utensils or harsh cleaning method. This is one of the things that we are guilty of. Using metal utensils or even nylon scotch pad can reduce the life of your pan. It will get scratched and start to deteriorate. Using a dishwasher can also deteriorate the life of your pan.
2) Overheating the pan is the one of the worst things you can do. At temperature of 500 and above, the coating will start to deteriorate rapidly. At temperature of 572 degree Fahrenheit, fumes will start releasing. You can experience flu like symptoms called teflon flu. Birds have been known to die from this. You can regulate the temperature of the pan by adding oil to cold pans. If you see smoke from the oil, you are past the optimal cooking temperature.
Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan Design
This section will talk about the general construction of Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan. We will see how well its made and whether it works.
The handle is a very generic silicone handle. A simple metal bar that is wrapped in silicone for comfort. This design also keeps the handle cool on the stove top. However, the biggest issue with these handle is the oven temperature safety. Usually for these handles, you can expect it reach be safe up to around 350-400 degree Fahrenheit. Suprisingly, these cookware is oven temperature safe up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit. That number is simply huge for these type of handle. I am really impressed.
What I am impressed by is the amount of rivets. There are three total, a lot of manufacturer these day save money by cutting the amount of rivets to two. For these type of skillets, two is usually enough, but its refreshing to see that they put the effort. Other pans might have those screw handle that comes loose over time. Those are simply horrible.
The shape of Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan is a traditional french skillet. It looks to be made that way for cost effective manufacturing. With this design, most of the production can be made with a hydraulic press. This keeps cost low and they pass it on to the consumer. However, the sidewalls are typically very high and it makes it difficult to turn food with a spatula. You can toss food a little easier with your wrist but you need the experience and skill to do so. There is also no rolled lip. Liquid will drip down the side if you do it wrong.
Ozeri Green Earth vs Stone Earth
These two pans are made by the same company. However, the difference is the non stick coating used. In general, the stone earth one is more durable. There has been test conducted by America Test Kitchen which found that ceramic non stick are simply not durable. My experience with these pans confirm those test.
Another difference between these two is simply the texture. The green earth has weird dimples and surface which traps food. It also makes it difficult to clean.
Steel Base and Aluminum Construction
The base looks like its made out of stainless steel. This does two thing, it prevents it from warping. All Aluminum has a tendency to warp because its a soft metal. Two, it makes it induction capable. Induction stove top needs things with a strong magnetic attraction to work. For the other portion of the pan, the construction looks to be aluminum. While it is a soft metal, it is great because of the heat conductive properties. It should heat up a lot better than stainless steel and smooth out a lot of the heat spot.
I am actually very impressed by the build quality of this pan. It is affordable and the build quality is very good for the price. The only issue that I see is the warranty. It is a lot shorter than other manufacturer. It has a 5 year limited lifetime warranty. In my opinion, these warranty are useless either way. The cost of shipping cost almost as much as the pan. You might as well just get a new one…
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