Safe Nonstick Cookware Reviews – Stone Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri (After 3 Years of Use)
Going from traditional nonstick cookware to safe and healthy cookware can sometimes be a shock if you’re not used to it. Searching through many safe nonstick cookware reviews before making your choice is always a good idea.
Is the Ozeri pan toxin free?
One of the first items I ever purchased as part of cleaner living was the 12″ Stone Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri over three and a half years ago. I love this pan and use it several times a week. Overall, this is a great everyday pan.
One of Ozeri’s main selling points uses is that the pan is “100% APEO and PFOA-Free Stone-Derived Non-Stick.” To be completely honest, I wish I had
combed through more safe nonstick cookware reviews three years ago. Had I done more thorough research, I would have noticed that no where on the official description does it mention PTFE’s. If I had, I may not have gone with this model.
I guess Ozeri’s out of sight out of mind tactic on PTFE’s worked on me! But that considered, I’ve never had any problems with this pan at all. The non stick surface is still going strong 3 years later and it’s super easy to clean.
On the question/answer section of the Amazon product page, you’ll see the first question asks just this. One of answers includes a response to Erin from Ozeri along with some info from Wikipedia. I’m not going to post the whole thing here, but the main takeaway is:
“Unfortunately, this specific pan is not PTFE free”
That’s probably my biggest disappointment in what would otherwise be a fantastic, low cost clean living version of a pan.
PTFE’s begin to deteriorate around 392°F. I’m not gonna lie – I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten this and put the pan in the oven at 400°F a couple of times while making steaks. Oops.
Do stone non stick pans work?
The non stick cooking surface is great, I don’t think I’ve ever had food stick to it where it was super tough to clean. I do use a lot of oils and fat in my cooking, so it’s possible that’s the reason, but I’ve cooked eggs on it with no problem too.
You definitely want to treat this as you would any non-stick pan, meaning only use utensils made of wood, silicone, nylon, etc. I think my husband got to it one time with the metal spatula – there’s a 2” scratch on the cooking surface – I would NEVER let that happen! But the good news is that it hasn’t affected cooking at all, I don’t feel that scratch and I’ve never noticed food sticking to that spot.
Most of the time I’m able to just clean the pan by wiping it with a wet sponge. Even if I have deep clean it, the non stick surface makes it a very quick job.
How does the Ozeri pan look after 3 years?
I really love(d) the aesthetics of this pan. The spotted stone look of the cooking surface and the smooth gray finish on the outside. I added the past tense there because the white spots on the cooking surface have slowly turned brown over the years, so that aspect doesn’t pop as much to the eye anymore.
As you can see from the Amazon page and my pan, they’re not quite as white anymore. Not to mention there’s WAY more spots in the Amazon picture! I wonder how much this actually varies.
The spots turning could have been my mistake from overheating the pan in the oven. But think it’s just what happens after a few years since the spots on the rim of the pan are still mostly white.
Fortunately for me, I had an old 12” cover from an old nonstick pan I was phasing out. It fit the 12″ Stone Earth Frying Pan perfectly! However you can buy the cover that actually goes with the pan here. The cover Ozeri sells is also oven safe. However the recycled cover I use is not.
After three years of use the bottom gets a bit stained, but no one really looks at that part anyway, right?
Is the Ozeri pan a good clean living option?
All in all this is a great everyday pan. While it is mostly non toxic, you will have to keep in mind the temperature limits since the coating does include PTFE’s. Other than that – it’s a solid pan. If the temperature limitation bothers you, you can check out some other safe nonstick cookware reviews to find alternatives. All in all, the Stone Earth pan is not too heavy, attractive looking (at first anyway), and very easy to clean. It was one of my first purchases when I decided to get into clean living and has served me well! (pun intended?)