Originally published on Delish.com
We're always looking for earth-friendlier kitchen alternatives that are easy and affordable to incorporate into our regular (read: busy) lives. And if those alternatives are healthier for us as well as the planet, well, even better.
We tested the Bialetti Aeternum sauté pan and the EarthPan Hard Anodized SandFlow Nonstick by Farberware. Both of these pans claim to be free of perfluorooctanoic acid (or PFOA) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), chemicals responsible for the nonstick properties in Teflon, but that have been associated with potential health risks, especially when heated too high or scraped.
Both pans performed well — just as well as our traditional nonstick. We'd definitely buy either pan again, but preference goes to the Bialetti Aeternum. [A note, though: Since we didn't use the pans over a long period (regular use over a 1 month), we read user reviews of the products on Amazon. The biggest complaint is that after extended use, the coatings on both pans start to flake.]
- Nonstick interior is made of a "nano-ceramic coating, a water-based coating made of titanium and suspended silicate micro-particles," which is supposed to be scratch- and stain-resistant. (So far, so good!)
- Very lightweight and conducts heat well.
- Stylish: Looks like ceramic-coated Le Creuset pan
- Makes a perfect pancake. Cooks meat well, too.
- Super affordable: The 12" sauté pan is around $40.
- The nonstick surface "originates from sand."
- Sturdy pan. Can withstand temperatures up to 600°F.
- Crisps up Asian dumplings beautifully. Not so great for tofu.
- Pricer: The 12" sauté pan is around $50.