I’m a sucker for the algorithms. I’m that person who scrolls through Instagram, captivated by something colorful/clever/bright/life-changing, and clicks to buy. Scandinavian desk stackers? Check. Wool slippers with removable insoles? Oh yes. So, when the ceramic Our Place Always Pan popped up in my feed, I was a sitting duck. It was almost too easy. But I got the thing, and, let me tell you, it’s pretty great. And now, through November 30, it’s only $95 when you use the code SUPERSALE.
You can use this handsome pan to steam, roast, saute, fry, and boil anything you want; it's normally $145.
I live in New York and my kitchen is as spacious as an airplane bathroom. Because of limited storage space, I don’t have the luxury of investing in specific pans for saucing, steaming, frying, or roasting. That’s where the Always pan shines. The brand brags that it replaces eight “traditional pieces of cookware.” Being a wary, cynical journalist, I was leery of that claim. After all, the Instant Pot said it too did everything but your laundry, and I could barely eke out decent chili in it.
Make your life way easier and get this dinner bundle, which is normally $290. You get hand-painted, porcelain plates, four nesting bowls, and four very pretty glasses. Oh and the pan of course.
But the Always pan works. So far, I’ve used it to make all the following: chili, pasta sauce, roast chicken, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, and fried flounder. I even used it to boil pasta the other night. I’m not inventive. My kid has a limited palate. But everything I’ve cooked in the pan — and I do mean everything — comes out perfect. The fish is flaky and crispy. The chicken, juicy and golden. The chili? Still eating it, on day three.
The details make this pan what it is: The interior has a ceramic coating made without PFOAs and PTFEs. The body is made of aluminum for even heat distribution. The pan itself weighs roughly three pounds, it has a modular lid, and multiple pour spouts. This means you use the pan to boil pasta, you drain the pasta, you add the sauce, heat it up, and dinner is done. It works as a frying pan, a sauté pan, a saucier, and a steamer (because it comes with a steamer basket). Oh, and it has a built-in spoon rest because it’s thoughtful like that and wants to help out with clean-up. The pan is also dishwasher-safe, but it’s incredibly quick and easy to clean by hand.
While looks are certainly not everything, the aesthetics of it are also pretty great. Here’s the thing about having a small kitchen: You want whatever gear you buy to look good, because you’re starting at it all day every day, and it’s sitting out. The Always pan is easy on the eyes. Versatility and looks all in one package? I’m sold.
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