I was recently sent the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri to review. I received a 20cm diameter frying pan, which features, according to the box, “GREBLON. Ultra-safe 100% PTFE and PFOA free ceramic non-stick coating from Germany” (their emphasis).
Putting aside the fact that the Greblons sound like a race of Dr Who baddies, I set out to answer the critical question – “is it any good?”
The box claims that, “With better non-stick properties, the Green Earth Pan allows you to cook with as little as half the amount of oil normally used…” The first thing I cooked in this little frying pan was pancakes, and I must admit that the non-stick coating worked very well. However, I did need to use some oil, and I found that the base of the pan wasn’t completely flat, but rather, was slightly domed in the centre, so the oil pooled around the edges, which was annoying. I found I had to keep tipping the pan to keep the centre oiled.
The Greblon coating also has a textured pattern to it. This “elevated texture creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking.” I really can’t say whether it enhanced cooking or not, but it did leave a honeycomb pattern on the pancakes, which you may find charming or annoying, according to your preferences.
I also tried cooking scrambled egg in the pan. The eggs cooked fine, but did leave a residue behind which was a bother to scrub off afterwards. The packaging emphasises how easy the pan is to clean, but I found it to be about as difficult/easy as any other pan. The textured surface didn’t help, but I don’t think it was worse than any similar non-stick pan.
The pan is weighty, and comfortable to use, so overall, I’d say it is a decent, solid, non-stick frying pan. It is good for cooking small quantities of vegetables, eggs, pancakes or similar. It has a silicon handle which is comfortable to use and doesn’t get too hot in use.
The box makes a great deal out of the pan’s green credentials and its eco-friendliness, and I think this is their main selling point, as I couldn’t really discern much of a performance difference between this and a regular teflon-coated non-stick pan. According to the Internet, the Greblon ceramic coating should last longer than teflon, but it’s too early for me to pass judgement on its longevity myself.
The pan is available on Amazon for £23.99:
The 20 cm Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)
In summary then…
Nicely weighted and comfortable to use
Heat resistant silicon handle
Good for small quantities of vegetables, eggs etc.
“Eco-friendly” non-stick coating
Base was slightly domed – had to tip to oil evenly
Harder to clean than anticipated
Eek! The Greblons are battling the mighty Teflons for supremacy in my kitchen drawers! Somebody call The Doctor….
Disclaimer: I was sent this pan to try out. I was not required to write a positive post and any opinions expressed are my own.