Instagram’s favourite Our Place ‘Always Pan’ is on sale and now available in lime green
The Our Place Always Pan is one of the most wishlisted items for kitchenware obsessives and it’s certainly having a moment in 2022. Though normality has resumed after almost two years of being cooped up inside, my lockdown-induced obsession with cooking doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast. Investing in fancy cookware, serving up meal delivery service creations on pretty dinnerware and dressing my dining table within an inch of its life (even for breakfast) were the mainstays of my lockdown routine – and as we venture into al fresco dinner party season, I’m feeling pretty smug that I packed in the practise. I’ve got lots of hosting to do.
I made a lot of improvements to my kitchenware collection during the height of the pandemic, from non-stick frying pans (boring and adult but life-changing) to casserole dishes and a swanky brass cutlery set. But it’s the Our Place Always Pan that was my greatest piece of cookware purchases (and the one that’s set to elevate the ease of hosting the most).
Not familiar? Our Place is a cult and female-founded American cookware brand which went viral on Instagram and TikTok circa March 2020. Why? Their famed and insanely photogenic Our Place Always Pan, which has a supreme nonstick coating and claims to do the job of eight pieces of kitchenware in one, sold out 10 times over and racked up a 50,000-person waitlist over in the US post-launch.
When the Our Place Always Pan UK launch happened back in July 2021, we decided to test the Always Pan to see what all the fuss was about (spoiler: it’s worth every five-star review it gets). Now, as Easter weekend passes us by and the Spring Our Place pan sale kicks off (you’ve got the rare chance of picking one up for £100 instead of £125), we thought we’d roll our Our Place Always Pan review back out to help you decide whether you need it. Clue: you do. Plus, you should absolutely check out the brand’s all-new ‘acid’ lime green colourway; perfect for the warmer months, it’s sure to add a zingy brightness to sun-starved kitchens.
What is Our Place?
Our Place is an American-born cookware brand marketed as “Le Creuset for millennials” (you bet we’re all ears already). It was founded Shiza Shahid who has built a leadership team composed primarily of women and People of Colour after little over one year in business.
Our Place stocks ethically-made and stylish cookware that is designed to be fuss-free for home cooks of every level, and it has some epic sustainability credentials to boot. In fact, Our Place has already reached carbon neutrality and is committed to non-toxic products (free from potentially harmful PFOA chemical coatings, as well as PTFEs), sustainable packaging, and working with eco- and socially-conscious factories across the world. So. Damn. Cool.
What is the Our Place Always Pan?
The Always Pan is the product Our Place is best known for: an all-singing-all-dancing non-stick frying pan that was recently nicknamed the “kitchen magician” by Oprah Winfrey. We say frying pan… but that actually doesn’t do it any justice. The Always Pan promises to become your frying pan, saute pan, dumpling and veggie steamer (with a stainless steel added steaming basket), skillet, saucepan, beechwood spatula and spoon rest in one. Which, in essence, means you can braise, steam, boil, store and sear your culinary creations in one pan without the need for 74822 different kitchen gadgets. Impressive, right?
The Always Pan has been designed to be deep enough to cook pasta, but shallow and wide enough to fry an egg. It comes with a removable steamer basket and includes a nesting spatula so that you don’t need to dirty another plate with a messy spatula. It also includes a pour spout to easily pour out excess grease or transfer a sauce, comes in six very chic colour-ways (from blush pink to a muted beige hue and powdery ‘blue salt’) and is stylish enough to leave out on your cooktop – or even your table. Not to mention the non-stick ceramic coating is the stuff of dreams.
If you’re wondering whether the Our Place Always Pan is oven-safe, it’s actually not, but fret not because the brand recently announced that they’ll be releasing a new cast iron pan that will be suitable for use as a shallow Dutch oven and on high heats (char away) – something you’ll want to avoid in your Always Pan in order to maintain the gorgeously non stick pan coating. The new cast-iron skillet will include silicone handle covers to compensate for not having the AP’s silky heatproof pan handle and will – we pray – be available from the retailer in late May this year.
What’s more, after much social media hubbub around the incredible OG Always Pan, in August last year, the brand launched their second product – the Perfect Pot – in the UK. The Perfect Pot is your multi-functional stovetop solution to pretty much everything the Always Pan lacks, providing baking capabilities as well as the usual boiling and braising requirements.
Our Place Always Pan review: is the Our Place pan worth it?
As expected, the Always Pan is usually quite spenny, coming in at £125 when there’s not an Our Place pan sale on (it’s currently cheaper). So is it worth the hype? Should you add to cart immediately along with every other influencer in the land? In short: yes. The Our Place Always Pan is really, really good.
First impressions: the pan arrived with all of the parts slotted neatly inside the pan base itself. Very on brand. It also came with a natural sponge to “scrub away at the dishes you ‘left to soak’ in the sink” – you just have to soak it in water to activate it – and a wooden spatula which, ingeniously, slots onto a built-in spoon rest on the handle. It saved a tonne of mess when I was cooking.
Made from aluminium, the pan is pretty heavy – but not so heavy that you wouldn’t be able to easily cook with it, and definitely lighter than my Le Creuset stoneware casserole dish. It’s just heavy enough to feel sturdy and really durable. And to be honest? I’d question its quality if it wasn’t. As for the finish, it’s matte, oozes Scandi appeal and the pastel pink hue is very aesthetically pleasing. I’m not at all surprised that Instagram is obsessed.
Top of my criteria when it comes to judging good cookware is whether it actually lives up to its non-stick claims, and the Always Pan definitely does. I cooked a few different meals in it: spag bol, scrambled eggs, stir fry… and I didn’t struggle with food burning to the bottom on any occasion. The pan heats up quickly and evenly on my gas hob. As such, the pan was easy to wash up afterwards, no rigorous scrubbing required if you’re on dish duty. Top marks.
Size-wise, it’s the perfect depth for searing, sautéing, and frying without any mess. I cooked enough broccoli for myself and three friends in a single layer with room to spare, as well as five portions of pasta in one go on another occasion. Sure, if I had six(+) people round (I never do – my flat is tiny), I might want to whack out another casserole dish… but for cooking for myself and a few others? The space offered is plentiful.
That takes me onto the steam feature, which worked like a total dream. I steamed broccoli, carrots, green beans… the lot, and they were all cooked to perfection with a little bit of a crunch. If you want to mix things up, you can snap-up the brand’s bamboo steamer, which has also been designed to fit comfortably inside the pan. I haven’t tried it myself, but can’t imagine being disappointed.
Other features worth shouting about? The pouring lips on both sides of the pan enabled me to pour sauce without any spills and the handle stayed cool at all times. All-in-all? I’d urge you all to hop over to the Always side. I use mine everyday, and while I won’t be ditching all other cookware anytime soon (I might put on an actual dinner party one day… and you can’t cook up too many components to a dinner simultaneously), it’s versatile, easy-to-clean and a joy to use. Run, don’t walk.
Our Place Pan Sale
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