So I was up early this morning and all that was on were infomercials. But one caught my eye -- OrGREENic cookware. Supposedly ceramic non-stick cookware that can withstand high temperatures and of course, use less oil.
Any CH'ers have any experience with this stuff? Or is it too new? I know the idea is right, that ceramics can take much more high heat, but wanted to check with a community I trust rather than other online testimonials.
I have never heard of this pan, but the infomercial irritates me. My guess is this OrGREENic is not much different than the original Green Pan which uses ceramic and silicon. Most people claim the Green Pan works well in the beginning and fail after a few weeks. There is a good reason why most people are not using the Green Pan still.
I ordered the pan they offer for trial..it is great..and we want to order the rest but we also can't find any place where it is reviewed..especially for long time use..(does it hold up). However, the one pan we have is wonderful.
Thanks to you both. Chemicalkinetics, from what I can tell it's not quite the same as the Green Pan, which I agree seems like a piece of crap based on what I can find on the web about it.
Thanks Mary -- I may take the plunge and do their trial offer, which for now has a the entire set for sale. My only reservation is what I perceive as "shenanigans" from their sales staff -- when I called to try to get just the pan, they said they don't have that offer anymore and wanted to charge me more. Don't like the sales tactics, but hopeful that the cookware is good stuff.
If I do buy/try, I'll post a review -- any other input from anyone else who has used this stuff is welcome!
I ordered their small introductory frying pan and no where does it mention the shipping would be $30.00 to Canada. The shipping appears to be $7.00 I believe. Once you press to confirm your order that's when you are hit with the $30.00 charge to ship to Canada. From that point you can not go back.
I went on their website to order the trial pan because I knew they would try to get me to order more. After I finished filling out the form for the trial pan and clicked continue it went to a page and offered you a deal for the whole set at so many monthly payments of $29.95......I said no (only 2 options to continue...yesor no) it then asked me if I wanted to make only one payment? Yes or No.....I again said no. It then took me to a page and asked me to take a survey to save 29.99 shipping and once again I said no....but it took me to the survey page anyway and once on the page you only had one option.....take the survey. I couldn't understand why I was taking a survey to save 29.99 when the shipping on the trial offer was only $6 something?
Well the next day I found out why......even though I had clicked the NO button all the way through the process it it went ahead and put me in for the whole set and my account was charged $209.93 (the full Payment for the Whole set). When I called about it the Lady asked me why I took the survey if I only wanted the trial pan and she would try but didn't know if I could get a refund. I told her I did click the NO button and it went into the survey anyway there was no other option. To make a longer story short, she made me so frustrated by trying to say that I was stuck with the purchase because of theiir crooked website that I finally told her they had better cance the whole order and refund the payment or I'd file fraud. They did cancel the order and after a few days I did get the refund back into my account. The funny thing is....if they had put me in for the whole order and did the monthly payments....I probably would have kept it. By them doing this tricky business.....just caused a snowball effect of overdrafts in my account....now I just have a huge expense anyway and no new cookware to try out. If it worked the way they said on the infomercial....eventually I probalbly would have bought the whole set. I guess we both loose.
seems like the informercial was trying to dupe you
not sure if this set you're speaking of is the one by Todd English or the newer ones that I see now. for all I know they are all pretty much the same thing anyway.
the new informercial for the green or blue "same thing" pans are at WallyWorld for $19.99 for the10" fry/saute pan. > I'm sure many know that WallyWorld has many of the informercia items on one aisle in their store. not a great bargain except to save on shipping but at least you can try it that way.
i also saw the info commerical icalled the number as advertised at 1-800-745-1339 i could bearly understand the customer service rep but she kept trying to get me to buy the cookwear but she could not give me the website where i could see the product therefore i really don;t trust the commerical money is too hard to get to be con out of it,so i guess if they come up with a web site that is legal i would consider buying.
So I made the mistake of falling for this crappy infomercial and boy am I sorry now. Like others have said, the call center this company outsources to apparently doesn't screen their phone agents for language capabilities and it was difficult to understand the young lady that was taking my order. She, too, was trying to get me to purchase other stuff and I had to ask her several times to confirm the amount that I was going to be charged because it frequently sounded like she was adding things to my order that I had not approved. I received the shipment along with an invoice for double the amount I thought I was going to be paying, based on the informercial, and when I called customer service I was told that there was never, ever an offer that I was describing - even though that same commercial was on at the very moment she made that statement. I even held the phone up to the TV to prove that I wasn't making up my own pricing. And this stuff is flimsy as all get out. It's going back for a full refund, even if I have to get the states Attorney General involved. Don't waste your time or your money.
I have to confirm some of the underhand practices. On the other hand the pan feels solid and so far delivers as promised.
I ordered after an infomercial on Dec 16 but the pan arrived only today Jan 13. This is because I refused to pay a surcharge for "speedy delivery". Not only do I consider such an extra unfair but it was doubly unfair that they wanted it. I ordered right when the infomercial boomed promise of speedy delivery for no extra charge "if you order right now". Bad faith. What promised denied.
The saleswoman was very articulate and well spoken and seemed to have some patience with me, which was nice. But at the same time she tried very hard to stretch me at all possible moments. I was determined to get JUST the pan and nothing else. First she wanted to sell the whole set. Declined. Then half a set. Declined. Finally just one more larger pan for the price of the first one and without additional shipping. Accepted. Then she was pushing lids for both pans. Declined. I had her read the final order twice. She was trying to sneak in the lids. I had the order re-read to make sure no lids were there.
There was no confirmation email after the deal even though I requested it. I called in and they said they send the email only after shipping.
Today I received the order and got violet with rage. There was the 9" pan I ordered. And there was a large 11" LID I NEVER ORDERED and did my best to avoid!! And there was no 11" pan.
I read the invoice. It said that I ordered "orgreenic essentials" for some 40++ bucks. What is "orgreenic essentials??!! What a code language is that. Instead of itemizing plainly and clearly 9" pan for 19.99 and 11" pan 19.99 they muddled up. At this point I did not believe it was a mistake...it felt like one big intentional strategy to stretch me and erase the evidence. I called them immediately. (No, I did not tell the guy I was livid with rage). I explained I received 9" pan and 11" lid that I NEVER ordered. The guy asked whether there was also 11" pan. NO. To my surprise he will send me the missing second pan.
If he does I am happy about this part. (I will let you know if he did.)
I fully understand mammahonee and her decision to return the shipment immediately. Had they not set the things straight my package would have been on its return trip at this very moment.
There is this issue with web page. When I was looking for it high and low the day after I ordered I could not find anything. There was just one defunct domain no longer in use with dubious references. No confirmation email either. So I though I was taken in. Strangely, I remembered the phone number (even though not written down) and got their explanation (above). Now after a month they set up their web page and advertised the fact on the invoice. I checked the same web address I tried a month before and expected nothing. But the web is there. Including unbelievably inflated prices. So I could be even happy that I got my pan for "just" $19.99 (the web would charge me miserly $129.99). The lid that came in error was offered for $9.99 on the phone but you can see it on the web for $39.
Unbelievable. So I guess I can be happy even for the bad lid.... as a "good value" after seeing all that.
So you can see those guys have their fair share of unfair sale tactics.
About the pan itself I am VERY HAPPY so far. I did the seasoning (put oil all over the green surface and let it on medium until it starts smoking). I will care not to stress it with temperature extremes. I will not use dishwasher. Thank you for advice.
I did eggs w/o oil. Fantastic. It peeled off nicely and did not stick. Also it tastes differently than the oil shell you get from a regular pan with oil. It even creates tasty crusty surface. The pan itself retains heat much longer than a regular metal pan.
For now I am happy about my order.
I will not run my truck over the pan (as in the infomercial). But I will let you know if the pan develops issues.
Update: THE PAN ARRIVED AS THEY PROMISED. They sent me a 11" lid I did not ordered originally instead of 11" pan I did. It scared me out as I considered that another round of unfair sale tactics. I am so happy it was not and they seem not to be that bad after all. It took some three weeks for the pan to arrive but arrived it did.
I should apologize a bit. I am posting this update for you to have the complete picture. They keep their word. In my case they were VERY nice and also allowed me to keep the lid they sent in error.
As for the pan itself after 3 weeks it still performs nicely. It is my favorite for breakfast eggs/sausage/bacon. It takes much less time to heat up than electric griddle or even other pans and the results are superior w/o any oil. Even if it can SEEM it sticks from time to time (at first after you cover colder surface with egg) it does not in fact. You just leave your eggs in a little longer and sure they will peel off nicely. (I am not using it that heavy as other users reporting problems and I will see later if it keeps this way after longer period).
I am not a very proficient cook. My experience is very positive so far.