To travel the earth with a cast iron skillet and my favourite camera – that’s the life! (that will also ever remain the dream!) For one, I can’t deal with the high maintenance of cast iron…I’m a clutz that cooks so messily that I have to wash the pan. With every use. With cast iron, that’s the equivalent of casting a spell on it that will only be undone by throwing into the fireplace for a few hours (as good grandmas did in beautiful Southern America.) Evidently, I’m not there yet..:)
Anyone remember the joy of your first non-stick pan? My mother got one when I was little and it had it’s own hallowed place in the kitchen – it came with it’s own scrubber and wooden spatula and was never, ever to used by the uninitiated. I remember the non-stick pan along with the microwave, and all to the taste of Tabasco! It’s strange how we remember things…
I’m a mod-con girl with an overly nostalgic heart. I want the cast iron skillet and I want it to be as easy as non-stick, dip in a sudsy wash and it’s as good as new. In very few cases, you can have your cake and eat it too! When Ozeri (a nice little company that’s recently launched it’s wares in the UK) sent me the The Stone Earth Pan, I thought it’s going to be a regular non-stick with a pretty face. Boy, was I wrong?!
Here are some winning reasons why the Ozeri Stone Earth Pan deserves it’s stripes : It utilizes a natural stone-derived coating from Germany that achieves non-stick perfection without PFOA, a harmful chemical found in traditional pans.
It’s an eco-friendly pan that delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures
It features a scratch-resistant stone-based coating that is super easy to clean (unlike other clay/stone/iron pans that call for regular elbow grease)
The interior of the pan made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no harmful chemicals or trace metals.
It boasts a comfortable heat-resistant silicon handle reinforced with 3 rivets and a magnetized base for rapid heat transfer with induction stoves. The pan is also oven resistant to 240 degrees, one reason I’d give it a Gold Star, Blue Ribbon..you get the idea
I decided to give it a test drive with lavender honey, chipotle sauce and balsamic vinegar marinaded lamb steaks. This is a family recipe kindly shared by my friend Mini and her mum Tara, who’ve spent years living in the American South and developed a cuisine that borrows heavily from Texas, Louisiana and California.
You need 4 New Zealand Lamb Leg Steaks (they’remostly lean)
Marinade that with 4tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tbsp oil, one teeny sprig of lavender (don’t be seduced by the pretty purple sprig for like rosemary, it could taste like washing up liquid!) 1tbsp Tabasco Chipotle Sauce (this is an equivalent of some schmancy Creole one which we don’t get in the UK) and 3 Tbsp of lavender honey. Salt as desired and a sprinking of a little dried mixed herbs and one bay leaf. Mix and spread over the steaks till it’s covered well. Let it rest bathed in all those magical flavours for as long as is convenient to you, you’ll be amazed how this tenderizes the meat too! Pan fry to your desired level of doneness 😉
I chose this recipe because it’s a right nightmare with the honey on most pans, the caramelization is usally a nightmare to deal with so it was quite apt to test if this pan made of a stone coating could rise up to it..it did – and with honours!
The honey,balsamic glaze caramelised beautifully and the steak cooked to perfection. The part that won me over was just how easy it was to deglaze the pan and make a gravy…a mere swish and swash with a wooden spoon and I had a great herb-infused gravy to boot. I poured off the gravy and added onions to the residue…I had these beautifully caramelized onions flavoured with the meat juices and herbs. It was a perfect meal. The pan then needed a gentle rinse, no scrubbing, no soaking.
I liked that the pan has a good weight which minimised the risk of burning. It has industry grade rivets that won’t ever need you getting a screwdriver on it to tighten it! I don’t know about you, but my pan handles loosen up with use and I’ve got to perform some form of DIY to save the day on them. Here’s a pan that adds character to your kitchen with it’s speckled, unusual appearance. I give it great buy, and I’m glad I came across the company..after all, we don’t tend to look into things until they’re ‘heard of”!
The next time you’re looking for a pan, look this one up, I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. It’s avaialble on Amazon – The Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri, with 100% PFOA-Free Stone-Derived Non-Stick Coating from Germany (30 cm (12 inch)) if you should like to order. Happy Cooking! xx
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*Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post, and I was given this pan for my participation! All opinions, stories, recipes, and ramblings are authentically mine! :)*