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I Cook For A Living. Here’s Why I Only Use GreenPan At Home.

June 1, 2024
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Editor’s note: If you’re looking for healthy, PFAS-free cookware, GreenPan’s GP5 set is your best bet. And right now you can get it for 10% off with code: PRIMARY10

I cook for a living, which is why 9 times out of 10 my answer to, “What’s for dinner?” is takeout. Because when you spend 50+ hours a week cooking for other people, the last thing you want to do is cook for yourself. 

But surviving on kitchen scraps, pizza, frozen food, and whatever’s offering a deal on UberEats is not exactly a healthy lifestyle. It also frustrates my wife, who expected to reap the benefits of marrying a chef and not become an expert at making midnight dino nuggets.

So, I decided to cook at home more, which meant I needed to invest in some new cookware. And I found GreenPan’s GP5 pans. They’re the brand’s highest-quality collection – ideal for a chef or just anyone who wants the best. They’re also incredibly nonstick, free from PFAS, PFOS, lead, and cadmium, easy to clean, and most importantly: they’ve made cooking at home fun again.

Credit: GreenPan

"This Might Get Me Kicked Out Of the Restaurant World"

I have a confession. I LOVE nonstick pans. I know they’re not traditionally “chefy” – my culinary friends might literally roast me for this – but you can pry my nonstick from my cold, dead fingers.

I’ve had enough of seasoning cast iron and carbon steel pans. The maintenance, the careful drying, the upkeep. The endless amounts of butter and/or oil required to keep a steel pan from sticking. Not in my home. Not when nonstick exists. And the best nonstick I’ve ever tried: GreenPan’s GP5, hands down. 

This set is *mwah* beautiful. It’s ceramic, so it’s free of PFAS and similar toxins. It’s diamond- reinforced, so I don’t have to freak out when “somebody” uses a metal utensil to stir food. And it’s a real workhorse; I’ve done everything in my GP5's that I would do in a commercial kitchen and they’ve come out no worse for wear every single time. And that is the sign of some seriously quality nonstick.

Credit: GreenPan

PFAS Have No Place In Your Kitchen

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant – or seen the TV show The Bear – you know that those environments can be pretty toxic. But your cookware shouldn’t be! 

Unfortunately, many nonstick pans are coated with Teflon and thus full of PFAS – a dangerous “forever chemical.” Every time you heat those pans up, you risk releasing toxins into the air. And every time you accidentally scratch the coating, you allow the toxins to transfer from the pan directly into your food. 

GreenPan’s nonstick is the opposite: it’s made from PFAS-free, ceramic nonstick. And their GP5 pans use their most advanced nonstick surface yet: Infinite8. This stuff is metal utensil safe, longer lasting, and better performing than any ceramic nonstick you’ve ever tried. 

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Impressive Features

GP5 is truly innovative, with loads of features that any level of home cook will appreciate:

  1. 5mm Hard Anodized Bodies – They’re extra thick for even heating, scratch-resistant just in case you bang them around, and use silhouette rivets so you’re not spending hours trying to clean gunk out from around the handle.
  2. The Balance Pro Base – You know how when you heat a pan up and put some oil in it, the oil always winds up everywhere but the middle of the pan? Not with GP5. They have specially designed stay-flat bases that adjust to the heat, so your oil stays put.
  3. Good On All Stovetops – Not cooking with gas? Not a problem. Your GP5 set is good on electric, halogen, induction, a campfire, and anywhere else you can generate enough heat. Plus, they’re oven safe up to 600°F for broiling or brazing.
  4. It’s An 11-Piece Set – Here’s what you’re getting in your GP5 set: a 9.5” frypan, an 11” frypan, a 3qt saucepan with lid, a 3qt saute pan with lid, a 5qt stockpot with lid, 3 extra-tough silicone utensils, and 3 pan protectors.
  5. No Toxins – Honestly, this one bears repeating: GREENPAN NEVER USES PFAS, PFOA, LEAD, OR CADMIUM IN THEIR NONSTICK PANS. 

If I seem a little crazy about these pans, it’s because I am. My GP5 set has made cooking at home so much more pleasant than it used to be. I don’t feel like I’m coming home from work to do more work when I cook with them, and that’s the best review I could possibly give.

Credit: GreenPan

Pro-Quality For The Home Cook

GreenPan’s GP5 pans have allowed me to stick to my three rules for home cooking: it has to be easy, it has to be enjoyable, and it has to be healthy (or… healthy-ish). I’m seriously having way more fun with cooking than I ever had before. I’m trying out new recipes, making my wife’s favorites for dinner dates, and even hosting some social gatherings again.

I highly recommend these pans to anyone looking for high-quality nonstick cookware – and you can get a set of your own for 10% off with code: PRIMARY10.

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