Green Earth Pan by Ozeri – A Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Textured series 20cm Green Earth Pan by Ozeri.

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Being a new mum and now (recently) cooking for my little boy I’m more aware and nervous about using my old, slightly battered non sticks as I know that the non stick is degraded and am well aware of the health risks surrounding this.

It’s a known fact that non sticks use a synthetic coating called PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE) and at high temperatures this degrades and emits fumes that have been documented to be lethal to small animals and birds, affecting their respiratory system and is also harmful to humans. This of course is information I have willingly, until now, chosen to ignore but with a baby my priorities are different. His safety, health and well being are my number one priority.

When this opportunity arose I jumped at the chance after discovering that the company’s products are free from PTFEs using a natural ceramic, called Greblon, as a coating instead which boasts non stick ‘perfection’. Because they don’t use these traditional non stick coatings the products are, therefore, made without the use of PerFluoroOctanoic Acid (PFOA) which is one of the worlds most ‘persistent pollutants of the environment’ and is linked to some cancers when ingested. This Eco friendly claim also got my attention. With an environmental background I do try my hardest to make choices in life that will conserve, rather than damage our environment to enable future generations to enjoy what we do now. Granted I don’t always make the right choices for, usually, economic reasons but I do try where I can and would rather pay a little extra for an environmentally aware product than not.

What they say:
The Green Earth Pan’s ceramic coating is 100% free of PTFE and PFOA. In addition to being completely eco-friendly and ultra-safe, the Green Earth Pan’s natural ceramic coating is far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri allows you to cook with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and it makes cleaning a breeze. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality anodized aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without the risk of hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant Bakelight handle. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

My pan arrived a couple of weeks ago and the first thing I decided to review was it’s packaging. Packaging is a pet hate of mine. We use far too much oil based, non recyclable products to simply make an item more appealing to the consumer. It’s a disgrace and something even Eco friendly companies are guilty of.

Packaging
The pan’s packaging consisted of:
One recyclable cardboard sleeve which fitted snugly therefore not excessive.
One plastic bag
One rubber band
One easy to follow instruction leaflet on one piece of paper
One easy to peel off sticker

In the grand scheme of things not a bad effort despite the plastic bag which I’m sure is purely to protect the entire product during transportation and retail but I didn’t have to use scissors and this is always a bonus.

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The Pan
It’s a beautiful looking pan in my opinion. It is a vibrant lime green which injects a nice bit of colour amongst my stainless steel pan rack. It’s got a nice weight to it feeling sturdy without being too heavy either (650g). The handle feels solidly joined to the pan, there’s no give at all there. The handle is

Cooking
Before first use they recommend you season the product with quarter of a teaspoon of oil, pretty standard practice. It certainly lives up to the claims that you need a lower heat and far less oil, this really surprised and amazed me. As for it’s non stick claims I whole heartedly agree with them, it is truly brilliant and best if all I have no fear of using a metal fish slice as it doesn’t scratch like traditional non sticks do.

Cleaning
What can I say, it’s amazingly easy to clean. Scrambled egg pretty much wiped off with kitchen roll except around the handle fixing screws which needed a little more attention. I can’t see this changing over the course of time as it seems more hard wearing than traditional non stick coatings. I’ve left it overnight before cleaning, without soaking, and have had no trouble cleaning it the following day. The other half has even cooked and cleaned it… That’s a test in itself!

Price
Current retail price for this product is £39.99 but Amazon currently have it at £23.99 with free UK delivery. Well worth the money, I’m hoping it’ll last me years instead of cheaper end non stick that get ruined in this house within a year

I’ve been using the product every day now for three weeks, using metal utensils and a wide variety of ingredients and it still looks brand spanking new.

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In three simple words, I love it! Trouble being I now want the whole range :/

**This pan was gifted to me for the purpose of this review.

34 Weeks Old

Nothing particularly special happened this fortnight, our cold’s pretty much had us quarantined except for swimming and coffee with the ladies.

Health
Another cold and this one was a doozy. So ill you were we had to cancel your first gig and Daddy had to go and see Elbow at the Eden Project on his own. Was such a shame but it just wouldn’t have been responsible for us to take you out when you were feeling so grotty. We even bought you ear defenders for it.

Teeth
I’m not sure that you’re not beginning to cut your next two teeth. You’ve suddenly developed an interest in all your teething toys again and if the old wives tale of colds with teeth have anything to go by, who knows!

Firsts
Your first definite Mama to get my attention occurred on the 5th. You were incredibly grouchy and I’d gone into the kitchen out of sight. My heart skipped a beat.
On the 10th July you did your first total submersion (dive) at the swimming pool, you handled it so well.
Jumperoo/Poo incident, don’t think we need a date but I did promise I’d put this in the blog 😂
On the 15th you (officially) ‘slept through’. From 2100 until 0440 you didn’t wake once, when you did you fed and settled within 15 minutes. I felt awesome the next day. At the time of completing this blog entry you hadn’t repeated this.

Character
You are a determined little man and now you’re so mobile your determination is only more evident. You refuse to give up and despite your frustrations your perseverance shines through. You have started giving proper hugs and understand what kisses are now and willingly partake showing your loving side which melts my heart every time.

Muscle Development & Coordination
Movement: You still haven’t progressed to a proper crawl from all four rocking yet but you have put the accelerator down on your commando crawl. Jeez Louise the cat’s in for trouble.
Sitting: You’ve nailed this now, the only time you do topple is if you look round too far or are tired.
Standing: You’re desperately trying to pull yourself up into a standing position on your own using the sofa, or your cot, it won’t be long until you master this.
Coordination: Your pincer grip is starting to develop and you’re practising it at every given opportunity, usually with something on the carpet, to my dismay.
Speech: You continue to practise this a lot and we often laugh because you come out with definite sounds that seem like words such as: “Hiya”, “Nah”, “Abba”

Entertainment
The cat! What more can I say. The poor old soul is being terrorised now you can crawl, though your commando style does allow her plenty of time to move out your way, not that you give up easily. You’re a persistent little monkey and follow her behind armchairs, under tables, into the kitchen, it’s hilarious to watch but she better watch out when you finally master proper crawling.

Sleep
I hate to tempt fate but this seems to be improving, you have actually slept through with one wake up a fair few times recently. I’m not saying it’s every night but the odd night is better than nothing and on the 15th you slept for a solid 7.5 hours. Whether this is to do with your cold or the fact you’re so active now who knows but it can continue please. This, of course, doesn’t mean I’m getting much more, in fact probably less because I wonder why you’re not waking up lol. You have taken to lying face down more and more now too wis a mild worry but we have the monitor on so I shouldn’t fret really.

Growth
Weight: 18Ibs 9.5oz
I’m finally having to discard a lot of your 3-6 month clothing now, mainly trousers as T-shirts still fit. This has caught me off guard as the weather has been so good lately you’ve just been in rompers, on a chillier day I realised you have no 6-9 month trousers, oops

Feeding
You continue to enjoy your food and new favourites include blueberry pancakes, croissant, sweet potato, pizza toast. You still prefer to hoy your cup around rather than drink it’s contents but I’m trying a few techniques that friends have recommended. I think we’ve finally cracked you handing the spoon back to me instead of hoying it on the floor which benefits the carpet whilst penalising Lolly

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It never ceases to amaze me how quickly you are growing up and developing. I can’t quite comprehend that you will be 8 months old on Tuesday, this month has galloped past.

32 Weeks Old

Your Daddy took a week off work this fortnight so we’ve been doing lots of things as a family which has been lovely, coupled with the most amazing weather it’s meant we’ve done lots of walking and visits to cafés where you’ve behaved beautifully and joined in with our brunches.

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On the 27th we took Daddy swimming with us at Sandymouth where I got a telling off for taking a photo (oops, naughty mummy but I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity).

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On the 3rd we went to Splash for a proper swimming lesson with friends in order to get a proper photograph done. You got thoroughly doused with water from a watering can and handled it really well so next week you should have your first ‘dive’… Eek! The instructor is great and is teaching you water safety which I think is so important alongside enjoying being in the water. I recently watched a video from the Infant Swimming Resource on how babies can be taught how to survive if they ever fall in water, it blew my mind.

On the 4th we mostly stayed glued to the internet while your Uncle Simon met the Queen in his capacity as 1st Captain of her new aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth as she officially named her. It really is a very proud day and makes me think of your dear beloved Grandma who would be beside herself with pride. He even had a piece in our local paper The Lyme News.It’s a good thing your Daddy has gone away for the weekend and the weather is rubbish. I managed to get this image from his appearance on the television. Just ignore the misspelling of our name.

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Health
All good

Teeth
Hmmmmm well you’ve discovered your teeth and what they can do now, much to the detriment of my fingers, arms and nipples!! You love having your teeth cleaned, I bought you a little toothbrush that fits over my finger and recently bought toothpaste thinking it was strawberry flavoured, it was mint… You love it!

Firsts
On the 14th you had your first swing at the Weir.

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On the 22nd you started properly babbling. You’ve found ra, ba, da, wa, ma and ga.
The 26th saw you move forward in a sort of commando drag/crawl.
On the 1st July you did your first plank whilst at a friends house, I went a little bit mental… Luckily I don’t think anyone noticed.
On the 29th you started head bopping to music. You especially love Pharrell Williams “Happy” and Spandau Ballet’s “Gold”
The 2nd saw you commando crawling as your preferred method of forward propulsion. Rolling to where you want to be is a rarity now.
The 3rd saw you rocking on all fours so it’s only a matter of time.

Character
You’ve been a lot less fractious this last fortnight, I think your teeth have ceased giving you grief as they’ve pushed right through now.

Muscle Development & Coordination
Movement: the start to this fortnight saw you desperate to crawl and you’re so close to doing it, you just need to lift your head up because at the moment you’ve got your bottom in the air and are pushing forward with your feet but your forehead is still firmly planted to the floor. Although on the 1st you did your very first plank and on the 3rd you were on all fours rocking so I’m hoping you’re going to master it before too long.
Sitting: you sit unaided superbly now even when looking behind you, though still a little wobbly at the most extreme of that point.
Standing: you still love to pull up into a standing position and always want to let go with one hand. We’re helping you practise standing holding against something at the moment. You are solid when standing on our lap with your hands on our chest, must be a trust thing.
Coordination: You’re mastering shaking things without bashing yourself on the head now and very rarely miss putting a spoon in your mouth. You’re even managing to turn the spoon in your mouth so as to get it’s contents.
Speech: as mentioned above, you’ve finally found your babble. You ra, ba, da, wa, ma and ga willingly and are loving experimenting with them with the addition of volume. It’s hilarious and we love hearing you. It’s like you’re turning into a proper little boy now that we can finally hear your voice.

Entertainment
Anything that makes you move. You’ve started head bopping to music which is so sweet so we’ve been listening to lots of music. You particularly like Pharrell Williams’ Happy and Spandau Ballet’s Gold because of an advert that’s on tv at the moment, every time it comes on you stop what you’re doing and bop.

Sleep
Well, what can I say? You’ve never slept well but I’ve always prided myself that you settle really easily and quickly when you do wake up at night. Now that has gone. It seems since you’ve moved into your cot settling you into it is a nightmare. You’re asleep in my arms, so asleep you’re snoring in fact, but as soon as your head touches that mattress you thrash yourself awake. I pick you up, you instantly fall asleep and then the cycle repeats itself. It’s taking well over an hour to get you to settle initially and every time you wake it takes about half an hour. I’m exhausted. We even considered controlled crying which I’ve never been keen on but when I went into you after the four minute interval (that felt like a lifetime) your arm was through the cot side and you were banging your head on the headboard so I gave up. You soon went to sleep on your own accord and since that you haven’t been quite so bad.

Growth
I haven’t weighed you this fortnight.

Feeding
Your weaning journey continues and you’re getting more confident with swallowing now. You happily knock back weetabix, yogurt (of course), cucumber, toast, rice cakes and biscotti. Fruit favourites are strawberries and nectarines, the latter of which you went wild for when you first tried it today. Veg are slowly improving. We’ve tried you with avocado, scrambled egg, eggy bread, cheesy leek and potato, lentil wedges all of which you’ve tucked away. You still won’t drink water very readily, you happily glug it but tends to mostly just fall out your mouth.