|I purchased a 10-inch GreenPan, above, to replace a 10-inch non-stick pan from Calphalon that has chipped and peeled badly, below. Where did the pieces go?|
|We have always hand washed this Calphalon pan, a favorite for making omelets, frittatas and shrimp, and used bamboo implements to turn items.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
We prepare food at home five or six days a week, using a mixture of old and new cookware, both non-stick and metal.
In recent years, I've purchased a number of Calphalon frying pans and flat-bottomed woks, and my experience with durability has been mixed.
Both a small, non-stick wok and a non-stick 10-inch frying pan chipped and peeled, even though both were always hand washed.
Where do the pieces go, into my food?
The wok, which had a metal cover, was a favorite for pan roasting sliced fennel and potatoes, then adding a fresh fish such as fluke and finishing the dish in the oven.
I sent that one back to Calphalon, and the company replaced it with a covered non-stick pot like one I already had. I've never used it.
I used the 10-inch non-stick frying pan for preparing thick frittatas, starting them on the stove and finishing them under the broiler.
I use bamboo or wood implements with my non-stick cookware or to cut wedges of frittata.
Now, I plan to send back the badly chipped 10-inch frying pan to Calphalon, and want nothing in return except an explanation of why some of the company's non-stick cookware chips and peels, and others don't.
|The Calphalon symbol on the pan's handle. The bottom is marked "1390 10", Toledo, Ohio, USA."|
GreenPan is 'healthy'
To replace the 10-inch non-stick Calphalon pan, I purchased a 10-inch GreenPan with a hard, anodized exterior free of PFOA, a chemical; lead and cadmium.
The packaging is labeled "healthy ceramic non-stick."
Benefits listed include even heat distribution thanks to a thick aluminum core; non-stick, easy to clean Thermolon interior surfacing, with no blistering and no peeling; and a large stainless steel handle.
The coating is heat resistant up to 850 degrees.
I bought the 10-inch GreenPan Lima from Amazon.com ($29.99 with a free bamboo turner), and as a member of Amazon Prime, I received free two-day shipping.
An 8-inch GreenPan Lima is $19.99 on Amazon.com.
This morning, I used the new pan and a little olive oil to prepare an egg-white omelet stuffed with fresh spinach and reduced-fat cheese.
The omelet slid easily in the pan and I had no trouble getting a spatula under it to turn it over the spinach and melted cheese.
GreenPans also can be purchased from the company's Web site: The Original GreenPan