A few years ago I learnt through a friend that the pans we use in our kitchen could actually be harmful to our health. Traditional non-stick pans are coated in a layer of PTFE, or PolyTetraFluoroEthylene, which over time and consistent use at high heat can decompose and seep into our food. My friend was starting to replace all of her non-stick pans with ones that were ceramic coated, and I made sure to make a mental note that when it was time to stock my kitchen I would also be on the look out for ceramic-coated pans.
About a fortnight ago I was contacted by the good folks at Ozeri who asked me if I’d like to review one of their ceramic-coated frying pans. I’ve been really excited about this review, especially as all the other pans in our kitchen (which Brett already had before I moved in) are all covered in that nasty PTFE. Also, it’s BRIGHT GREEN!! Yep, super awesome. The inside of the pan has this cool honeycomb texture that helps heat to disperse evenly under your food. It also has a heat-resistant handle which is always important in cookware.
In order to test this out, I decided to cook one of my staple recipes; cottage cheese and rolled oat pancakes. I wanted to use a recipe where I already had something to compare the results to, i.e. making them in my usual PTFE non-stick frying pan.
From reading the instructions, I knew that I needed to “season” the pan before using it. It recommended putting in a very light coating of oil, and wiping it around with a paper towel. I usually spray on a coat of oil per side of pancake, so I was a little wary about wiping away most of that oil when I usually need it all in my other frying pan. I turned the heat on low to get the frying pan warmed up and then mixed up my ingredients.
To make two large pancakes, which serves two people (trust me, these are filling) you will need:
Just over half a cup of quick rolled oats.
Two large tablespoons of small curd cottage cheese.
Egg whites of 4 eggs. If you want the fats from the egg yolks then I suggest using 2 whole eggs instead, or your mixture will be too wet.
A pinch of baking powder.
There are also some other ingredients you might like to add in:
Sliced peaches to put on top of your pancake before serving.
Cinnamon sugar – mix into the batter before cooking.
Almonds – I chopped up 4 and mixed them into my half of the batter.
By the time you’ve mixed your ingredients together your pan will be more than ready for your pancakes. Spoon in half the mixture, smoosh it out to a pancake shape and leave it on low for 4-5 minutes. Yes, smoosh is a word. With my other pan, I would then spray another layer oil on the uncooked side of the pancake before I flipped it to be sure it wouldn’t stick. I was nervous about not doing it with this pan, but decided to trust it, and flipped the pancake bare, so to speak. I didn’t need to worry. After another 4 minutes the pancake was done, and flipped out cleanly and easily. There was no mess left in the pan, and the pancake was cooked thoroughly. I spooned in my half of the batter, and left it to cook while I plated up Brett’s pancake.
Ta dah! Here is Brett’s pancake, which was the basic mix with some sliced peaches and pancake syrup put on top after it was plated. I went with the basic mix with some chopped almonds mixed into the batter, and with sliced peaches on top too. No syrup for me though.
I was really impressed with how evenly and cleanly the Ozeri frying pan cooked the pancakes. With my usual frying pan, I would need to use a lot of oil to stop them sticking. Obviously when you’re trying to cook something healthy like cottage cheese and oat pancakes, you feel a bit defeated when you’re having to smother them in oil. I felt a lot healthier eating these pancakes, knowing I’d only had to use one spray of oil instead of my usual four.
The instructions recommend leaving the pan to cool down before washing it, as it can be damaging to the coating to immediately pour cold water onto it while it’s hot. It took just a few seconds with some warm soapy water to get it clean, as no food had stuck to it at all. With my normal frying pan I would need to soak it in hot water remove all the leftover grease and cooked-on food. I’m really happy with the results I got, and would highly recommend the Ozeri frying pan to anyone looking to replace the PTFE-coated pans they have. It was a pleasure to receive the product from them, and I will definitely be looking into the rest of their range to see what other products would work well for my cooking needs.
Thanks Ozeri for the opportunity to review your product! Do you have any of Ozeri’s products? Did you know about PTFE and the alternative to traditional non-stick coatings?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.