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June 7, 2021

Our Place Always Pan Review (Read Before You Buy)

A Lily Love Affair shares the Always Pan by Our Place in color heat with the lid placed on top.

 

If you love the Always Pan as much as we do, be sure to use code ANNABAUN10 to save 10% off your purchase!

 

Have you tried the Always Pan yet?

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook or Instagram lately, you’ve likely seen an ad for the cult-favorite Always Pan by Our Place.  With it’s beautiful array of colors, their claim to replace eight pieces of cookware and nearly 5,000 5-star reviews, I knew I had to give the Always Pan a go.  

As you know, cooking is a big part of our lives. We are always looking for beautiful yet versatile cookware (especially nonstick cookware).  Last week when we received our Our Place order, we put it to the test immediately with our favorite pasta recipe – Basil Pesto Alfredo.  

This recipe really helped us put the product to the test as we had to saute the shrimp, steam the broccoli, boil the pasta and create the incredible sauce – all in one pot!  

Today, we are excited to share our honest Always Pan review.  Below, we are answering all of your burning questions, the products we love most, how we found Our Place and more!   

 

The Aways Pan by Our Place with steel colander and beechwood spoon placed on a dining room table

 

OUR PLACE ALWAYS PAN REVIEW 

 

ABOUT OUR PLACE

Our Place believes sharing a home-cooked meal is foundational to connection. They make beautiful products that connect people over home-cooking.

And, their collections are new heirlooms from the cultures and places that make up the fabric of the modern kitchen. They believe that there is a transformative power in uplifting the differences in how people enjoy home cooking and eat together. This is a mission we can get behind!

Shiza Shahid, the founder of Our Place, co-founder of the Malala Fund is an immigrant from Pakistan and a women’s rights advocate. Recently featured as Time Magazines 30 Under 30, she has created Our Place (largely made up of women, immigrants, and first-generation food lovers) with the goal of using fair labor and sustainable materials.

I also love that seasonal releases of Our Place products (like the ‘Heat’ pan above) are timed to multicultural holidays (first up is a Nochebuena collection celebrating Mexican-American holiday food traditions) and paired with charitable give-back programs based in those communities.  What’s not to love?

 

WHY WE LOVE THE ALWAYS PAN

There are so many reasons we love the Always Pan – and Our Place overall.  From their commitment to fair labor practices, for their sustainable materials and biodegratable packaging, commitment to being an environmentally friendly brand and more.  There are even more reasons to love the brand and pan.

 

IT’S NON-TOXIC 

The Always Pan is made with exclusive non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles.

 

IT’S INCREDIBLY VERSATILE

As we’ve mentioned, the Always Pan is designed to replace eight pieces of cookware: frying pan, saute pans, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest.  It truly can do it all!  This one pan will allow you to sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, braise boil and beautiful serve from stove to table.  

 

IT’S EASY TO CLEAN

Besides being beautiful and versatile, the pan is so easy to clean.  You can braise, sear, saute and more with little to no residue remaining on the bottom of the pan.  It cleans simply and quickly with warm water and a soft cloth.  It is an essential pan in every kitchen.

 

IT’S BEAUTIFUL

The pan is available to purchase in 7 beautiful colors and is stunning enough to keep on the counter, stove or serve when entertaining.  

 

The Our Place Always Pan with wooden spoon and holder

 

IS IT REALLY WORTH THE HYPE?

In my opinion, absolutely.  While it can be a bit costly compared to similar nonstick cookware on the market, it’s beauty and versatility are worth the investment. I will update this post in the next few months regarding its durability.

The Always Pan, and other Our Place products, also make for of a great gift for a recent graduate, a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.  Before you make a purchase, there are a few things you may want to consider.  

 

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU PURCHASE 
  • It is not oven safe.  
  • You do not want to use high heat.  The Always Pan should be used on low to medium-low heat to ensure the nonstick surface lasts for the foreseeable future (though the occasional sear is ok).
  • It’s not recommended to place in the dishwasher.  Also not a huge sticking point for us as we usually hand-wash our nonstick cookware. 

 

Our Place stackable glassware paired with the Always Pan in color heat

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE ALWAYS PAN COST?

The best-selling Always Pan costs $145 (be sure to use code ANNABAUN10 for 10% off your purchase!). Compared to similar ceramic pans on the market (with the same premier nonstick surfaces and a modular lid), the price is very comparable.  Keep in mind, your purchase also includes the steel colander and wooden spoon/spatula.

You can also purchase the best-selling pan, and all the dinnerware and glassware you need to eat with whomever you call family in a Dinner for 4 bundle set for $250.  The bundle includes the Always Pan, 4 hand-painted, porcelain plates, 4 just-the-right-size nesting bowls, and four hand-blown stackable glasses.  

 

The Our Place Always Pan in color Heat with bamboo steamer insert.

 

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS: 

Thank you so much to all of you who submitted questions via Instagram!  We are answering all of the questions you have had so far below. 

If more come up, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or in the comments section below!  

 

WHAT COMES WITH THE ALWAYS PAN PURCHASE?

Your purchase will include:

  • The exclusive, ceramic nonstick Always Pan made without PFOAS and PTFES (also has a stay cool handle and two easy pour spouts!)
  • Nesting steaming basket and colander
  • Beechwood spatula and built-in spoon holder
  • Modular, domed lid to trap steam

 

HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE ALWAYS PAN?

It’s important to remember dishwashers can be harsh on pots and pans.  Hand washing is recommended to clean the pan. Simple use soapy water and a sponge to keep your pan in tip-top shape for the foreseeable future.

It’s also a good idea to let the pan cool down before submerging it in water to avoid extreme temperature changes as this could damage the non-stick coating.

The steaming basket is dishwasher safe. Like all wood, the nesting spatula is not dishwasher friendly and should be washed by hand.

 

WHAT 8 COOKWARE ITEMS DOES THE ALWAYS PAN REPLACE?

You can use the Always Pan for a ton of different of things. But there are eight pieces in particular that it was designed to replace (the most common ones the old-school brands want people to think they need):

  1. Steamer & strainer (each Always Pan has a steamer basket included)
  2. Sautee pan
  3. Saucepan
  4. Saucier 
  5. Skillet
  6. Fry pan
  7. Nonstick pan
  8. Spoon Holder/Rest (The Always Pan is designed with a built-in spoon rest and comes with a custom spatula designed to fit perfectly)

 

A brown dining room table with the Always Pan in color heat along with Our Place dishes

 

IS THE ALWAYS PAN DISHWASHER SAFE? 

As we mentioned above, dishwashers can be harsh on pots and pans. As a result, hand washing your pan with soap and water is recommended.  

 

IS THE ALWAYS PAN OVEN SAFE? 

The Always Pan is not oven-safe and is designed for use on stove tops only.

 

IS ONE PAN REALLY ENOUGH?  

In my opinion, yes.  As I mentioned above, we recently put the Always Pan to the test with our Basil Pesto Alfredo Pasta recipe which required us to saute, steam, stir fry and boil all in the same pot. It was an amazing kitchen tool that left nothing sticking to the pan.

However, if you are someone that loves to have multiple pots going on the stove at one, there may be a slight learning curve.  The only pan I would say it would not replace would be a cast iron skillet. 

 

The Our Place Always Pan in color Heat with bamboo steamer inserts

 

OTHER OUR PLACE PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER

 

THE DRINKING GLASSES

Available in 5 color options and in a set of 4 or 8, the Our Place drinking glasses are both stylish and convenient.  The perfect size, shape, and weight for iced coffee, wine, and even ice cream.  To top it off, they stack neatly to save plenty of shelf space, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Handmade from glass and sand and naturally colored with elements from the earth, no artificial dyes.  I’ll raise a glass to that!

 

SIDE BOWLS

They are beautiful and perfectly stackable!  Hand-painted porcelain stackable bowls designed for plating, eating, and scooping. The perfect size for your favorite soups, salads, cereal and more!  Available in three colors and in a set of 4 or 8.  

 

MAIN PLATES 

Also beautifully hand-painted, porcelain, the Our Place easy-stacking plates have a lip to keep all the messy stuff where it belongs. They are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.  Available in three colors and in a set of 4 or 8.  

 

SPRUCE STEAMER (BAMBOO STEAMER)

The spruce steamers will be your new go-to tool! The spruce steamer makes never-mushy vegetables, perfectly-cooked fish, tender dumplings, fresh tamales and more!. It slots right into the pan, sitting on top of the wooden spatula and trap the steam. 

Bonus: Each bamboo steamer comes with a set of bamboo cooking chopsticks and 15 paper liners.

 

SHOP OUR FAVORITE OUR PLACE PRODUCTS

 

 

 

Two Our Place stackable bowls on top of a countertop

 

ALWAYS PAN USES:

PASTA STRAINER 

The steel colander has to be one of my favorite features of this pan.  It was so convenient to cook pasta right in the pan in the steel colander and strain immediately with one movement.  

And, if you’re big pasta lovers like we are, I highly recommend trying Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta | Delicious & EasyChicken Bacon Ranch Pasta and Creamy Lemon Pepper Pasta With Shrimp & Parmesan.

 

The Our Place Always Pan filled with fettuccini noodles

 

SPRUCE STEAMER

Our second favorite feature?  The addition of the spruce steamer.  It does indeed cook the perfect steamed veggies.  The best part?  I could begin to steam the veggies while my pasta cooked underneath.  As mentioned above, each spruce steamer comes with 15 paper liner.  This accessory is a must, in my opinion!

 

The Our Place bamboo steamer basket filled with broccoli

 

SAUCEPAN 

The pan is 2.7 inches deep (with 2.6-quart capacity) which is definitely deeper than that of a standard pan and makes for the perfect pan to create your favorite sauces.  

 

The Our Place Always Pan on the stovetop making alfredo sauce

 

SAUTE & FRYING PAN

So far, we have cooked eggs, shrimp and chicken in our pan.  Not only has the size of the pan been great for our family, but the pan does ace the nonstick category.  Everything we have cooked, seared, sauted has left little to no residue on the pan.  I could clean easily with water and a soft towel every time.  

 

The Always Pan filled with fried shrimp

 

CONCLUSION

If you are looking for stylish yet versatile nonstick cookwear with multiple cooking functions, I recommend a purchase from Our Place.  In our opinion, it is worth the cost and is very comparable in price to other premium nonstick cookwear on the market.  

The depth of the pan has been great for making stir fry, our favorite pasta sauces, chili recipes, soups and more.  Not to mention, if you live in a small space, or like decorative pieces in your kitchen, the pan comes in 7 great colors perfect for leaving out on the stove or on the table for entertaining.  

It’s also worth mentioning the glassware is really stunning and perfectly stackable.  We will be gifting Our Place products from here on out.  

 

Be sure to use code ANNABAUN10 to safe $10 off your purcahse!

 

 

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  1. Years of cooking, I bought lots of dishes, pans, etc. I never came across a product this expensive with no HOW TO USE paper inside the box. All of the boxes that I received had NO explanation about the products, made, model,use , safety, etc.
    I had to search internet to find that they are not oven and dishwasher safe. I bought items for $20. and they come with a booklet, ans sometimes cook book, but these products are disappointing in that regards the least I can say. There is a fabric inside one of the boxes that the dish does not fit in it, and I could not find on line what is the purpose of it.

    • Hello! I am so sorry this has been your experience. If it’s helpful, we have had our pan now for a few months and have really enjoyed it so far. I do, however, completely understand what you’re saying. The fabric that came with the pan – was it light tan and small? If so, I believe it might be the cleaning sponge. I am happy to answer any questions if you have them. Or, happy to update the post with more questions and answers if that would be helpful. – Anna