Debra Lynn Dadd

Green Pro and EarthPan nonstick cookware

QUESTION:

Hi Debra, Have you heard of GREEN PRO HARD ANODIZED NONSTICK cookware or GREEN PRO ALUMINUM NONSTICK (8 gauge aluminum) w/ SandFlow nonstick innterior? They are both being sold in NapaStyle Magazine. I would love your thoughts, as I love Michael Chiarello's products, and these are both on sale. Thank you in advance for your thoughts.
Sincerely, LaNae Atkinson

POSTED BY LANAE ATKINSON :: CONNECTICUT USA :: 09/08/2008 4:41 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I love Michael Chiarello too...I actually met him in person one day in his NapaStyle store in Berkeley, California.

I had not heard of this pan, but I called Napa Style and they are going to see if they can find out more about the finish for me. The woman on the phone went and looked at a pan for me and she said it had a "glassy" finish, not like plastic at all.

The links to this cookware are:

Green Pro Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set

Green Pro Aluminum Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set

The website says the nonstick finish is SandFlow, and "Itís main component is sand, one of natureís most abundant resources...a terrific material for high heat conductivity. And, SandFlow is three times more durable than competitive ceramic nonstick coatings." It uses no harmful PTFEs or PFOAs, and requires a third less energy to apply than traditional nonstick. It is manufactured in Thailand.

I was told that Michael had a hand in developing this cookware and it was the first full set of cookware with a nontoxic nonstick finish.

I haven't actually seen this cookware, but I can tell you that sand is completely nontoxic. It is used to make glass, so if the primarily ingredient is sand, the finish is going to be very much like glass.

There are other cookware sets with the Sandflow finish.

QVC: Cook's Essentials EarthPan 7pc. Cookware Set w/SandflowCoating

JC Penny: Earthpan 10-pc. Cookware Set

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I have heard that using Aluminum cookware might have some connection with Alzheimer's disease. So if there is there any truth to this wouldn't it be best to not use Aluminum cookware? Thanks, Zhenya

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: It's only a problem if the aluminum comes in contact with the food, and particularly acidic food. Long, slow cooking of pasta sauce all day on the back burner in an aluminum pot would be the worst.

The new aluminum cookware, such as this, uses aluminum because it is an excellent conductor of heat, but have finishes that prevent the food from touching the aluminum during cooking. So there is no danger of food absorbing aluminum in cookware such as this.


POSTED BY ZHENYA DELATE :: LEMURIAN GIRL RETURNS :: WWW.LEMURIANGIRL.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/11/2008 8:05 AM


I called Napa Style because I too am trying to find out if their cookware is a good, safe alternative. The lady I spoke to couldn't give me anymore information other than what is on their site, which isn't much. The pans come with NO Warranty so that deters me a bit. She said that they have had some peeling with the GREEN PRO ALUMINUM NONSTICK, but not the GREEN PRO HARD ANODIZED NONSTICK. They Anodized line is more popular. I just feel hesitant to try a line of cookware that gives so little information about what is in the non-stick coating, and offers no warranty. It's unfortunate because because they lose potential customers who might benefit from their cookware if it is indeed safe/non-toxic.

POSTED BY SUZANNE MIKULA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 12/31/2008 12:03 PM


I purchased a set of EarthPan Hard-Anodized at J C Penny'sand the first few uses of the frying pans seemed to work alright but the more I used them the worse things started to stick even with a layer of oil. Not really sure if I am doing something wrong or what? Ken M

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Don't know. Haven't tried this product. Readers?


POSTED BY KEN MILTON :: WASHINGTON USA :: 05/26/2009 10:46 AM


I bought a Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Adonized Skillet from Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few months ago. It is a ceramic-based nonstick pan. Love it. It has a limited lifetime warranty.
Packaging says "PTFE- and PFOA-free Ceramica nonstick cooking surface" "won't peel".

POSTED BY MICHELLE :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 06/02/2009 9:03 AM


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