If there is one home item that took the social media world by STORM this year, it’s definitely the Always Pan by Our Place. I saw it first on Jacey Duprie’s blog, and within a matter of months it was EVERYWHERE. I’ve had mine for several months now and even bought one for my Charleston rental when they had their big sale (let’s be clear: it’s technically a gift for my mom, I’m just borrowing it for the rest of my time here!). It’s a very good looking pan, and it’s really functional… but is it worth the money? What makes it so great? Today we are going to talk about that!
Always Pan by Our Place Review
The Always Pan Product Details
The Always Pan is an everyday pan with an aluminum body (the bottom of the pan heats up perfectly for fast, even heat) and a non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles.
It features a domed lid, a stainless steel steamer basket, a wooden spatula, and an integrated spoon rest on the handle of the pan. The modular lid lets you let off steam when you want to, and lock it in when you don’t. And, it has pour spouts to help prevent mess. It weighs about 3 pounds!
What I Like About The Always Pan
Our Place seems like a really good company.
The brand is female-founded and led by Shiza Shahid. Shahid is a women’s right advocate (and a Pakistani woman and immigrant herself!) and was one of the original co-founders of The Malala Fund, which provides access to schooling for girls around the world. Giving back is one of the brand’s core values (as is ethical labor and responsible materials) and I like that they partner with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council to help with providing access to good food for everyone.
It’s pretty. Really Pretty.
I realize I probably care more about aesthetics than the average person. So if you don’t care what your kitchen tools look like, skip this section! I really like that this pan is so pretty that I can leave it out. I don’t have a lot of kitchen space (especially cabinets/storage) so having a pan I can leave out makes a difference. And cooking with a pan that is pretty sparks joy. Also, they keep rolling out more and more new colors. They are all so pretty! I love the new blue.
It’s incredibly easy to clean.
This is definitely a big one. I’ve had lots of pots and pans over the ages but this is the easiest to clean pan I’ve ever had. Even with more complicated dishes that make a big mess. It just wipes clean. It’s miraculous! For most things I usually just wipe it clean with paper towels. For a really messy dish I soak in water and then wipe clean. You’ll never want to use your old sauté pans again.
The non-stick finish is incredible
Maybe you don’t care about this but I am lazy and love the way that nonstick pans can just wipe clean. I’ve had mine since July and the finish is in perfect condition. Out of any nonstick cookware I’ve tried, EVER, this one has the best finish AND it’s non-toxic. There are so many non stick pans out there, and in my opinion this is the best one out there.
The built-in spoon rest.
This is a small thing but what can I say, I like it! It prevents messes, and is just a thoughtful, ingenious detail.
In Our Place’s words, this pan replaces your “frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest.” I don’t quite know about that but I love how many things you can make in it. I mostly use mine for sauteing and making stir fry type dishes BUT the stainless steel steamer basket makes it super versatile for steaming veggies, dumplings, etc.
The handle stays cool.
Even as the pan gets hot hot hot, the handle always stays cool. Another small, but really nice thing.
What you can cook in the Always pan
You can cook pretty much anything in the pan. I am NOT an advanced cook. I cook all my Blue Apron meals in mine, I looooove to use it for scrambled eggs or a grilled cheese/panini… stir fries, etc. But I will also say that it is a little bit heavy (about three pounds which is lighter than my dutch ovens but still heavier), so if you are someone who wants a lighter weight pan to flip pancakes, etc., you may have a harder time with this.
I haven’t tried any more of Our Place’s products but am intrigued by the lunar new year collection!
PS – My 10 most essential kitchen gadgets. This def would make the cut now.
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photo by Allie Provost.