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Came across these looking for a cast iron pan and was wondering if anyone had tried them?
http://www.earthpan.com.au/store/bran...

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  1. I read about them. EarthPan is produced by Meyer Corporation. The same company which makes the Circulon and Anolon cookware. EarthPan was ranked number 1 among tested green pans by Consumer Reports. Like many green pans, it will last shorter than a typical Teflon pan.

    "The EarthPan is a fantastic product, ranked number one, she says, but like many green pieces of cookware it doesn’t hold up to the durability of Meyer’s popular Circulon line of non-stick pans. “The best green product is not going to be up to the performance of our higher-end non-stick cookware.” Consumers must have realistic expectations, advises Beck."

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/0...

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      what makes it "green"?

      is it like the "green pan" hawked by todd english on hsn?

      1. re: alkapal

        This is from the EarthPan website on what makes it green:

        Environmental benefits of SandFlow™ technology also include the radical reduction of greenhouse gasses during cookware production. In addition, the temperature used to seal the EarthPan™Pro range is half of that of traditional nonstick frypans.

        EarthPan™ cookware is proudly free of all polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). There is no danger of the SandFlow™ surface creating toxic fumes when overheated, proving no risk to its users or the environment.

        This pan sounds interesting but I need another pan like I need another hole in the head.

        For me if a company needs a so called celebrity to hawk it (todd english, rachel ray, emeril) then it isn't a quality product.

        1. re: Infomaniac

          todd english has an ownership interest, i'm pretty certain.

          and i have no problem with celebrity endorsements, if they actually use the product. i don't agree with your "if, then" assertion. to me it doesn't follow logically.

          ~~~~~
          ps, what is "sand flow" technology? some casting technique?

          1. re: alkapal

            sand flow tech is new to me. First time I've heard of it.

            If todd has an ownership interest i'm pretty certain he did not put any of his own money out for it, and it's was part of the deal for him to endorse the product.

            Logically not all celeb. endorsed product is poor quality but my business is buying and reselling products that retailers want off their shelf or manufactures can't move, and a very large majority of what I buy that is celebrity endorsed has a shelf life that isn't made to last. From pots and pans to shoes and towels. Most of the failures seem to come from hollywood celeb. endorsed products, and I shouldn't have used Emril's name becuase his products are actually decent, but last year I got my hands on many containers of Rachel endorced product that was junk. Non-stick coating coming off, loose handles.
            I see first hand what retailers want off their shelf and what manufacturers don't want or can't put on the shelf and the stories that comes with the products.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              Infomanic,

              Agree. The Emril's Emirlware (from All Clad) has a decent reputation. Of course, there are few exceptions to the celebrity-endorsed cookware. For example, Bob Kramer endorsed Bob Kramer Shun knives have good reputations:

              http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/c...
              http://www.surlatable.com/gs/shun-bob...

              On the other hand, I read Rachel Ray endorsed Furi knives are bad. Hey, but it works for a business-model, right? Here:

              "SAN FRANCISCO -- Furitechnics USA Inc., the designer and manufacturer of Furi Rachael Ray knives and sharpeners, today announced an increase of 1,100 percent in sales from April to December 2005, compared to the same period the previous year. The increase was attributed largely to Rachael Ray's endorsement of several existing products and the new 'Gusto-Grip' line of knives"

              http://www.allbusiness.com/company-ac...

              Amazing, isn't it? More than 10-fold.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                I'm suprised I even mentioned Emril's line as I even own one of his pans which I use frequently.

                Furitechnics I guess understands how to generate revenue.

                With all the new compliance laws these days, I wonder if Teflon will be on the chopping block one of these days.

                With the new CPSIA laws for products intended for children under 12, I'm getting products for practicaly nothing and selling them in countries with no compliance guidelines.
                Thank goodness their are still some countries that don't care if their children suck on Thomas the Train's that were made in China.

        2. re: alkapal

          Hi Alkapal,

          This is my understanding. Green cookware, in general, can mean green for the environment or green for health, meaning it is healthy for a person and does not use PFOA and PTFE in the manufacturing process.

          I am unsure about these claims. Although manufacturers claim green pans produce less greenhouse gases during production, many green pan has a shorter lifespan than a Teflon cookware and certainly much shorter lifespan than a cast iron or stainless steel cookware. Therefore the environmental green claim is uncertain.

          As a green pan being healthier than a typical Teflon cookware, I also don't know if I believe the claim at low-medium temperature cooking. It is probably true at high temperature cooking when Telfon will turn into fume and these ceramic based cookware won't.

      2. Oddly,I stumbled on this while trying to find some more warranty info.

        Our Earth Pans have been disasters -- everything stuck from the beginning, and significant amounts of the finish had disappeared within a few months. We'd seen pretty solid reviews on Amazon and Consumer Reports gave them great reviews.

        I see now on Amazon a bunch of 1-star reviews, but generally from folks who bought 'em around Christmas 2009 -- wondering if maybe there's a bad batch in there. Another possibility is they only went to market about that time, so who knows.

        I'm going to try to see if they can get replaced. Sounds like they tend to replace many of the problematic ones, with the customer paying for shipping. The whole bunch was supposed to have cost $18.56 shipping from Amazon, so it's maybe not -that- bad.