A Top-Rated “Green” Nonstick Frying Pan — the Ceramic Sol Thermolon from Zwilling J. A. Henckels

You’re shopping for a non-stick frying pan that is both PTFE-free and PFOA-free.  You want it to be well-made, durable, and not too expensive.  Your search ends here, because the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Frying Pan will fit the bill.

This nonstick ceramic frying pan from Zwilling J. A. Henckels is one of the top-rated fry pans sold by Chefs Catalog — which, if you haven’t heard of them, is a popular online cookware retailer that caters to serious and knowledgeable cooks.  

Why is it considered “green?”  This is a frying pan, as stated above, that does not use a PTFE coating (polytetrafluoroethylene) to make it nonstick.  Nor does it contain PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which is a byproduct of Teflon manufacture and also results from the breakdown of PTFE nonstick pans under high heat.  (PFOA persists indefinitely in the environment, is toxic and carcinogenic to animals, can produce flu-like symptoms in humans, has been associated with chronic kidney disease — and, incidentally, according to the EPA, is found in the blood of a high percentage of people in the U.S.)

The pan is also manufactured using environmentally-friendly processes that eliminate toxic emissions.

A top-rated eco-friendly frying pan is the Zwilling J. A. Henckels Sol Therolon Fry Pan available from CHEFS onine -- a nonstick frying pan with an eco-friendly ceramic coating.

The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Frying Pan is a “green” frying pan with a non-stick ceramic coating. Click here to see it and purchase from Chefs Catalog.

 

Instead of PTFE, this Zwilling J.A. Henckels Frying Pan employs Thermolon ceramic technology to provide a nonstick cooking surface for the frying pan.  Many cooks find that they can use this ceramic-coated frying pan to cook without oil or butter, including frying eggs and hash browns, fish, meat, chicken, pancakes, etc.

How about well-made and durable?  It features tri-ply construction, with a heavy-duty aluminum core and a stainless-steel exterior.  The riveted, stainless-steel handle stays cool to the touch.  The Zwilling Sol Thermalon Frying Pan has a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty from J. A. Henckels.

Regarding the price, you can find this pan in 8-inch, 10-inch- and 12-inch sizes starting at $49.95 (a substantial discount) at CHEFS.  That’s a good price for a well-made, versatile, nonstick ceramic frying pan with a lifetime warranty.

Check the customer reviews for the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan at Chefs Catalog online.  Currently, there are 102 reviews.  88 of them are 5-star and another 6 are 4-star.  Those ratings are in line with the majority of ratings across the board for cookware and kitchen equipment from Zwilling J. A. Henckels, whether it’s knives, flatware, specialty kitchen tools, or stovetop pots and pans.  They have a reputation for making things right.

Customers tend to be quite happy with this frying pan.

For example, here’s an excerpt from a review from one of the users of the Zwilling Thermolon Frying Pan at CHEFS:

I had read the reviews, so I decided to go straight to the most daunting of non-stick challenges:  cheese.  I ran two tests straight out of the box, after washing with Dawn soap and water.
1) Parmesan cheese (grated) on an inductive cook top. I let it go until it was browned. Oil separated from the whey and the circular result slid on a plate. After it cooled, it was a perfect Parmesan crisp.
Amazed, I cranked it up.
2) Mozzarella cheese (again, nothing but the cheese). Again let it brown. Slid out.
I have since made blackened salmon, fried rice, browning of tenderloin before throwing the whole pan in the 500 degree oven.  All with incredible results.
 
I’ll leave it to you to read the rest of the reviews online at Chefs Catalog.  Is every single person happy with the pan?  No, there were a few that experienced sticking of food (though they did not give details of their cooking procedure).  But I’d say statistically you have a very high probability of being very satisfied with this frying pan. 
 
That’s why I’m recommending it.  Of course, there are other well-made frying pans, but if you’re looking to satisfy the criteria mentioned at the top of this review, I think the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Frying Pan is a good bet.  Click here to see complete spec’s and get it from Chefs Catalog.
 
Pair this ceramic frying pan with a copper Mauviel Roasting Pan (reviewed here), and you’ll be well on your way to having excellent kitchen cookware to handle cooking meats and just about any other dish that requires frying, sautéing, baking, or roasting.
 

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