I had my doubts when the little 8″ Ozeri Green Earth Smooth Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan arrived. The pan is smaller than I am used to cooking with, so I wondered how often I’d use it. I wondered if it really was non-stick. I wondered how long it would be before my hubby ruined it with metal knives, forks, and other scratching metal utensils. I expected it to only last through one or two uses. And I wondered how easy it would be to clean – really. Most of the non-stick pans I’ve used in the past really seem to be “less-stick” but not really “non-stick” – even when using cooking spray before using it. And despite my many warnings to not use metal utensils on the non-stick pans, they have always gotten very scratched very quickly.
The instructions that came with the pan advise to always use cooking spray before using the pan, never use metal utensils on it, and always hand-wash. I don’t like to hand-wash anything, so I was a little bit annoyed at that, but I decided I’d give it a try and see what happened. Worse come to worse, I’d just stop using it and give it to someone else in the family to use if they wanted it.
The handle was longer than most handles, and at first I thought that was strange, but it only took a few moments for me to realize that I liked the longer handle! The longer handle enables me to easily use the pan on the smaller back burners of my stove-top, and the handle is comfortable in my hand. Even when the pan is full, it seems to be well balanced when I am moving it from stove-top to counter-top or sink. And I have never yet had to use a pot-holder with that handle – it has always remained comfortable to the touch.
The pan appears to be well-made, and is heavier than you would expect by looking at it. It cooks amazingly evenly, and the clean-up is incredibly easy! I have used, and my hubby has used, this pan dozens of times and the food always slides right out, leaving nothing behind to have to try to soak or scrub off. We don’t fill it with water to soak, we just let it cool on the stove-top while we eat, and when we finish eating, it just washes up with hot soapy water and a dish cloth – no elbow grease required! And so far, even with other people using it, so far there are no scratches! I wish every pan I owned was this easy to use and clean!
That little pan is perfect for frying an egg, scrambling a couple of eggs, making a slice of french toast, or a perfectly browned grilled cheese sandwich. This pan is perfect for the small family that is only cooking for one or two people.
I especially like the features that it is 100-Percent PTFE and PFOA Free. I have avoided most non-stick pans for a long time once I learned that many of them contained harmful chemicals in them. This little pan is a winner in my book! I’ve only had (and used) the pan for about a month, but it has gotten a good amount of use.
I was just reading the recent reviews on Amazon and was discouraged to see so many negative reviews. At this point in time I am very happy with the pan, and plan to leave a positive review, but if that situation changes, I will go back onto Amazon and modify the review. I will be curious to see how long this little pan stays in my good graces!