Honestly, I was ready to be blown away by the Valencia Pro pans. At this point, my nonstick pans weren’t even living up to their name anymore, so if these pans could deliver on being easy to clean and sliding eggs around like a child at a waterpark then I’d be happy. I scrolled through about a thousand 5 star reviews before clicking “purchase” on the Valencia Pro Ceramic Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set.
It arrived within a few days, and let me tell you that box felt official! Unlike getting my traditional nonstick pans at Goodwill out of pure desperation, ordering a set of pots and pans from GreenPan gave me the sense that I was doing something good for myself and my kitchen.
It came with 3 frying pans, 2 sauce pans, a saute pan (which I’ve never owned before), a stockpot, 4 lids, and 3 pan protectors. I couldn’t wait to start cooking, which is something I don’t usually say.
My First Meal With Valencia
The first thing I made in my pans had to be eggs and toast. I love eggs and toast. As you can see, I kind of whiffed it and cracked the yolks by flipping them too soon, but it still tasted pretty good. And they slid out of the pan PERFECTLY. I made 100% sure to use low to medium heat – which, another benefit of GreenPan is all the education they give you on how to actually take care of your pans. That kind of education definitely didn’t come with my traditional nonstick pans.
Cooking with my new Valencia Pro frypans also showed me just how sticky my traditional nonstick pans had become over the past two years – I was expecting a little bit of resistance when the eggs were coming out of the pan because that’s how it was with my traditional nonstick pans, but there was nothing. They came out so easily. I probably didn’t even need to use butter (although honestly, I will continue to use butter because I like the added flavor).
GreenPan Valencia Pro vs. Traditional Nonstick
There’s No Comparison
When it comes to whether I prefer my old traditional nonstick pans or the Valencia Pro, I have to say that it’s not even a competition. My old pans were gross, nonfunctional, and frankly, potentially harmful to my health.
When I cook with the GreenPan Valencia Pro pans, I know I’m making a smart decision for my health and for the wellbeing of my family. It’s also better for the planet – GreenPan is committed to earth-friendly manufacturing practices, producing 60% less CO2 during the curing phase of manufacturing compared to traditional nonstick. Not to mention the fact that I’ve got pans for every occasion – see the delicious salmon I made for dinner with a side of sautéed spinach. And of course, the salmon skin lifted up off the pan perfectly. I'm never going back