Even though I have a number of PTFE coated non-stick pans that have worked well for me, I really wanted to explore chemical free coatings. I think it’s better not only for me and my family, but for the environment as well. Ozeri Cookware’s Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is the most recent one I’ve tried. It’s 100 percent free of PTFE and PFOA.
Instead of a chemical based coating, the nonstick surface on Ozeri cookware is made of “Greblon”, a ceramic coating manufactured in Germany. The pan itself is not made in Germany, only the nonstick coating is. What attracts me to ceramic nonstick coating is that it does not release harmful fumes or toxins when cooking, even at high temperatures. Chemical based PFOA and PTFE coatings such as Teflon do.
Ozeri cookware is moderately priced. It’s not the cheapest, yet not the most expensive either. The pan arrived well packed in its own packaging, with bubble wrap and packing paper in a shipping box.
The handle is made with heat resistant silicone. It is comfortable to the touch, and handles the weight of the pan well. The pan itself is made of heavy gauge die-cast aluminum. It has a magnetized base which makes it work for induction cooking. I always come across people looking for induction safe nonstick cookware, so Ozeri cookware may be a winner for those with induction stoves. Here’s a close up of the bottom of the pan:
Ozeri cookware’s textured nonstick surface
The nonstick cooking surface of this particular variety of Ozeri cookware is textured. This was the first time I’ve used a textured pan. The looks of it might cause you to think it would make the pan more sticky, but it is intended to do the opposite. It’s supposed to make it easier to clean as well. Also, Ozeri states that the elevated texture creates air pockets which distribute heat under the food to enhance cooking. Here’s a close up of the textured nonstick surface of the pan:
We don’t have a physics expert in the house but we did put the pan to the test first by sauteing sliced mushrooms without any oil, just a little water. They cooked to a lovely brown, quickly and evenly. Using the cooked juices from the mushrooms, we immediately followed that with a scramble made with tofu, black beans, onions and spices. Again, it cooked evenly and the pan was a cinch to clean.
Ozeri cookware also has a smooth ceramic option. We haven’t tried it yet, but plan to get one soon. When we get it we’ll post a comparison here.
On a side note, I thought I should mention that the other day I was cooking brunch at my Dad’s using his nonstick pans. I should have looked to see what brand they were, but what concerned me was that they were sliding on the burners. They must not have had any texture at the bottom to give them traction. This can be quite dangerous if they actually slip off. It made me nervous. It also made me appreciate the textured surface of the bottom of my Ozeri cookware. Hmmm, I think I just thought of a good Christmas gift for my Dad! Here’s a close up of the textured bottom of the pan:
Pan care and life span
When shopping for ceramic coated nonstick pans, I read a few reviews where people complained about the nonstick surface wearing out after some time. But the same is said of PTFE nonstick pans. In my experience a well cared for pan will last an amount of time you can be happy with.
One way to help preserve the lifespan of Ozeri cookware and any other nonstick cookware is to use little or no oil. We don’t use any oil in ours. I figure if I’m going to use oil, I might as well use a stainless steel pan, right? Another tip is to not overheat the pan. I think many people overheat it without realizing it. I often find myself on the verge of doing that as well.
Also, be sure the pan cools completely before attempting to clean it. When you do clean it, use enough soap. Also, white vinegar is a good thing to add while it is soaking (I’m finding white vinegar to be useful for so many home uses!). This will remove any sticky residue in the pan. And of course, don’t use metal utensils even if the manufacturer says it’s okay.
Color and size
One other complaint I read was that the Ozeri frying pan does not come in any other colors. It’s true. All they have is their signature green one. They would be wise to offer other colors. The pan does, however, come in three different sizes: 8”, 10” and 12”. In fact you can buy all three as a set.
We got the 12” and it can hold a considerable amount of food. But even when full it isn’t overly heavy. At the same time, the pan itself is not overly lightweight. It seems pretty sturdy and solid. The 12” seems to be good for cooking large meals. I’m more likely to use an 8” or 10” for everyday use or for cooking smaller portions. So, I’m seriously considering getting more Ozeri cookware to meet those needs.
Overall I am really happy to find a safer nonstick in the Ozeri Textured Ceramic Pan. With proper care, I’m confident it will last as long as my other nonstick pans.