UPDATE: ManPans is changing… back to their parent company, Lloyd Pans.
The Lloyd Pans Kitchenware website is fully stocked. Same products, same service, just a different brand with more selection.
Eating healthy can be tricky, but finding healthy cookware with all the great qualities you would want in cookware can be down right frustrating.
I know.., it took me quite a while to finally decide on cookware. I had five requirements; it had to be stick resistant, tough (I wanted to be able to use metal utensils) as well as being healthy to cook in and eco friendly and oh ya.. I wanted it to be made in the good old USA.
It was quite a list and I did not find any cookware that meet all my requirements for quite a while until I found Man Pans.
You see, the problem with most other non-stick cookware is that they are coated with a non-stick surface that contains PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) the best known brand name of PTFE-based formulas is Teflon. Some also contain PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) both of which leach their toxins into your food.
They also scratched easily so you had to use plastic or wood utensils when cooking with them.
I also found that if they weren’t Teflon or something close to that, everything would stick.
Notice that Man Pans don’t claim to be “non-stick” but “stick resistant”. The stick resistance of the pans surface is like a well seasoned cast iron skillet. Its not an oily petroleum feeling like Teflon is. It’s their Gem-X2 coating, a two layer sapphire/quartz-like natural mineral finish.
I have had food stick to the pan in some instances, usually because I had the heat too high or I did not wipe the pan down with a little oil first. There is a slight learning curve to cooking with these pans, they heat up quick and stay hotter longer.
Here is what makes Man Pans different:
I have been cooking with my Man Pans for about 10 months or so now (at the time of this post) and I just love them! I first bought the Asian Wok and tried it out with a great big batch of fried rice then some stir fry and it preformed so well that I went online and bought a complete set. I also eventually bought their bakeware as well.
Check Out This Promo Video From Their Site
I just love my 12″ fry pan skillet. It’s great for frying or sauteing up most anything.
It’s very durable and darn near impossible to scratch, check out this video!
Watch as the wok is used in a commercial kitchen.
Watch as an omelet is cooked in one of their Man Pans (sorry about the egg thing)
Watch as the 10″ saute pan is used to sear and then make a sauce (sorry about the meat thing)
Be sure to check out all their videos on their video page.
There is however one drawback to Man Pans, you have to hand wash them. They can not be put in the dishwasher because the dishwashers harsh detergents will damage the coating. It is possible to have them recoated if necessary.
Here are the need to knows right from their website. (Red font added by me)
• Beauty Marks: We believe the Gem-X2 finish quality of our pans gives you the most beautiful cooking results imaginable. Our exclusive manufacturing process leaves an occasional harmless streak, smudge or rack mark on the cookware and we don’t over finish them with unnecessary pretty coatings. We call these our “Beauty Marks”.
• These pans conduct heat extremely well: Start by turning your burner down to about 50% of the heat setting you would normally cook with and change if needed. If you turn the heat up too high, food will burn and stick to the pans.
• Make sure you do not wash the pans in a dishwasher..hand wash only: Dish-washing detergent contains caustic acid that will harm the finish over time, and does void the warranty. If you do get some food residue, try boiling an inch of water in the pan to loosen the residue. If any remains, you can vigorously rub dry salt in a dry pan with a cloth to remove it. Be sure to wipe a light coat of oil on the pan after cleaning and prior to the next use.
• Use a light wipe or spray of oil when cooking: These pans are not completely non-stick, but do have a release finish and provide a release similar to a well-seasoned cast iron pan. We don’t recommend soy-based oil as that tends to get sticky. If your bottle of vegetable oil from the store doesn’t list a source on the front, check the label-it’s likely soy.
There is so much more that could be said about Man Pans so go to their site, cruise around and learn all about the company and their products.
(NOTICE: I have no connections to and receive no benefits, monetary or otherwise from Man Pans for this review.)