I used to have a very expensive set of Teflon cookware. I thought it was a great thing to have; easy to clean, heavy duty, good heat distribution. But when I got my first parrot, I was told to never use cookware with Teflon coatings because the fumes coming from a pan on high heat could kill my bird. Made me wonder what it was doing to me as well! So I found other ways of getting by, but I was never satisfied. As I grew more knowledgeable on healthy alternatives, I found it was pretty hard to get non-stick cookware that was safe… and that actually worked. I got a few iron pans which I do like, but they’re darned heavy and require special care. But other than that, it was lots of scrubbing and soaking. Recently I found out about some eco-friendly cookware from a company called Starfrit. I’ve been testing out their Alternative Fry Pan, and I’m relieved to have finally found something that works.
While not all Starfrit’s products are in the eco-friendly category, their Alternative Eco-Friendly Cookware line is. Coated with ceramic, it’s completely chemical free and provides a surprisingly effective non-stick surface. First thing I tested was frying eggs because I’ve had eggs stick to non-stick cookware in the past, so I figured it’d be a pretty thorough test. The instructions call for very little cooking oil, a healthy benefit, so I added just a smidge. Even the oil wouldn’t stick to the pan! It kind of congregated with itself, refusing to coat much. When I added the eggs to the hot pan and was ready to flip them, I was happy to see nothing stuck from the eggs either. Easy to flip, even easier to clean. I waited for the pan to cool, then ran it under water. Grease and remaining egg bits just slid off and down the drain. At that moment I was sold.
Other great features: I love the handle. Very ergonomic, comfortable, and heat resistant. The pan itself is made of 99% recycled aluminum, and heat distribution is very even. The pan is relatively lightweight, and although I still feel it necessary to be careful with the surface, I can still use my metal spatulas. Great for someone who doesn’t choose plastic utensils.
Overall I’ve got to say the Starfrit Alternative pan is a definite winner. In fact, I’m hoping to go back and buy some other pieces or perhaps the set because I’m that impressed. This particular sized pan (28 cm) is $39.99, so it’s a little pricey, but if you consider it an investment, you’ve got yourself something that’s recycled, safe, and long-lasting.
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