The Bottom Line
This pan features a ceramic coating that is free of heavy metals and chemicals, but it takes some work to keep the pan's nonstick coating performing at its best.
- German-made ceramic coating is derived from nature and free of Teflon and PFOA
- Doesn't release harmful fumes or toxins during use, even at high temperatures
- Features a comfortable, heat-resistant handle
- Coating loses some of its nonstick properties with repeated use and must be cleaned with lemon juice or vinegar periodically to restore it
- Difficult to brown some items
- Made of heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum that's designed to distribute heat evenly
- Available in 3 sizes: 8″, 10″ and 12″
- Magnetized bottom allows heat to transfer rapidly on induction stoves
- Oven-safe to 482°F
We gave up using non-stick cookware in our household a few years ago when I first learned about some of the health concerns linked to PFOA, a chemical used in the manufacturing of non-stick coatings. Since that time, several manufacturers have developed eco-friendly non-stick cookware that's free of PFOA and other chemicals. Among them is Ozeri, whose Green Earth frying pans are coated with German-made Greblon ceramic, a scratch-resistant surface that is free of Teflon and PFOA.
When Ozeri offered to send me one of these pans for the purpose of writing a review, I was very excited to try one out. The first thing I noticed about the pan was its textured surface, which differentiates it from any other frying pan I've ever used.
As directed, I cleaned the pan with a soft sponge and preconditioned the inside with a little oil before using it.
The first time I used this pan, I was really impressed with its nonstick properties. My food didn't stick at all, and cleanup was also a breeze.
But as I continued to use the pan, I began to experience some problems with it.
First, I had trouble browning certain foods like eggs and tortillas. More concerning to me, however, was that the pan began to use its nonstick properties over time. The directions that came with the pan stated that this can be caused by a buildup of food and oil residue or minerals in the water and recommended rubbing the pan's surface with lemon juice or vinegar to remove the residue.
I tried to remove the residue as instructed but found it very difficult to remove, particularly because of the pan's textured surface. Nevertheless, when I tried making scrambled eggs in the pan the next morning, I could tell the nonstick properties have improved. That's not to say the eggs didn't stick at all, but it was still much better than it had been before I used the vinegar and lemon juice on the pan. Cleanup was also much easier.
I cleaned the pan with lemon juice and vinegar again to remove even more of the residues. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this seemed to do the trick. When I made scrambled eggs in the pan the next morning, the eggs didn't stick to the pan. Cleanup was also even easier than after the first vinegar and lemon juice cleaning.
Based on my experience, it seems that this pan performs best if you regularly clean it with lemon juice or vinegar to remove food and oil residues.
If you're looking for a nonstick pan that doesn't contain PFOA or other harmful chemicals, this pan is a good choice as long as you don't mind taking the extra care that it requires.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.