What is an Always Pan?+-
What are the 8 cookware items the Always Pan replaces?+-
You can use the Always Pan for a ton of different of things. But there are eight pieces in particular that the Always Pan was designed to replace (the most common ones the old-school brands want people to think they need):
1) Steamer & strainer (each Always Pan has a steamer basket included!)
2) Sautee pan
4) Saucier (which is just a rounded saucepan!)
6) Fry pan
7) Nonstick pan
8) Spoon Rest (The Always Pan is designed with a built-in spoon rest and comes with a custom spatula designed to fit perfectly)
It's my first time cooking - how do I use this?+-
We're so excited you're cooking! The Always Pan was created to suit all levels of culinary expertise so no need to feel intimidated.
Here are a few quick tips: First, never walk away from an active stove top! Always keep an eye on things. Second, always put a little high-smoke-point fat into the skillet while the burner is on (avocado, coconut, peanut, and extra virgin olive oils and clarified butter aka ghee are great choices!). Third, have fun!
Pan features: The handle doubles as a built-in spatula rest and we've included a nesting steamer basket, too. The lid has a triangular steam indicator so you can lock moisture in and release it when you need to.
If a recipe calls for a saute pan, steamer, saucier, saucepan, skillet, or fry pan –– odds are, the Always Pan's got your back.
How to I keep the non-stick lasting long?+-
We recommend cooking on low to medium low heat as high heat over a long period of time can degrade the quality of the non-stick. That said, the occasional sear is totally fine! Our cast aluminum body is designed to heat quickly and evenly distribute energy so you shouldn't need to cook higher than medium for most of your cooking needs. Better design = better heat distribution.
We also recommend using high smoke point oils and fats like refined coconut, avocado, peanut, and clarified butter (like ghee). An oil's "smoke point" refers to the point at which the oil gets too hot and begins to break down (and smoke). When this happens it can leave behind residue that is difficult to clean. Oils with a high smoke point at ~400-520°F, like extra virgin olive, refined coconut, avocado, peanut oils and ghee will work best. Of course, if you're overheating your pan and using high heat for extended periods, it might cause some of those same issues regardless of the oil/fat you're using.
Lastly, we recommend waiting until the Always Pan has cooled before submerging it in water as extreme temperature changes could cause deterioration to the non-stick coating.
How do I clean it?+-
While our pan is dishwasher safe, dishwashers can be harsh on pots and pans. We recommend soapy water and a sponge to keep your pan in tip-top shape. It's also a good idea to let the pan cool down before submerging it in water to avoid extreme temperature changes as this could damage the non-stick coating. The steamer basket is dishwasher safe. Like all wood, the nesting spatula is not dishwasher friendly and should be washed by hand.
What nonstick coating do you use?+-
So glad you asked! The Always Pan is coated in a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ceramic non-stick coating. No PFOA, PTFE, GenX chemicals or other questionable materials in sight!
To break it down a little bit for you: our Always Pan uses a sol-gel non-stick coating that is made primarily from silicon dioxide which is known in the cookware industry as "ceramic non-stick." It's tested not only to the standards of a ceramic coating (meaning no heavy metals are able to pass through the coating) but also tested to the standards of a polymeric coating (which means that absolutely nothing can pass through the coating). This makes it the safest non-stick option available.
It's approved by both the FDA as well as EU standards for the highest level of food safety.
Is the Always Pan oven safe?+-
The Always Pan is not oven-safe and is designed for use on stove tops only!
What is the maximum temperature I can use?+-
The Always Pan should be used on low to medium-low heat to ensure the non-stick coating lasts for years to come (though the occasional sear is a-ok!). Our cast aluminum body is designed to heat quickly and evenly distribute energy so you shouldn't need to go higher than medium for most of your cooking needs. Think of it as an ultra-efficient energy user.
How do I use the steamer basket?+-
You can use it a few different ways! First, add a little water to the Always Pan, and bring it to a simmer. Then add the steamer on top (if the water comes through the holes, pour a little out), and put whatever you're steaming into the basket. Place the lid on and ta-da! You're ready to steam. You can also boil pasta or veggies right in the steamer too - just keep the steamer inside, add the goodies, pour water or broth to cover, and pop the lid on! When everything is boiled and ready, it can be conveniently lifted out of the water using the steamer basket. Don't forget to use a towel for your hands as the steamer handles can get hot.
When steaming larger items we recommend checking the bottom of the pan periodically to ensure there is enough water to continue steaming. This should not be needed when steaming things quickly like broccoli or fish but might be needed if steaming chicken or artichokes, which can take more time (and water!).
I accidently put my spatula in the dishwasher! What do I do?!+-
No worries, we all make mistakes! All your spatula needs is a little oil. Just rub it down with a paper towel soaked in a little mineral oil to re-mositurize the wood - you may need to do this a couple times depending on how dry it is but it'll be near good as new in no time! If it's still looking a little worse for wear reach out to us and we can get a new one sent your way.
How do you package your materials?+-
All our boxes are packaged with biodegradable and recyclable corrugate –– no plastic or bubble wrap needed! They also come with a handy pull tab, so you can open them without scissors. We go to great lengths with our factories and manufacturers to ensure there's no plastic involved. Don't forget to fold your boxes flat before recycling!
How much does the Always Pan weigh?+-
The Always Pan weighs 3 pounds and the lid weighs 1 pound.
What are the dimensions of the Always Pan?+-
The Always Pan is 10" diameter and 2.7" tall. It can hold up to 2.6 quarts.
What are the dimensions of the Side Bowls?+-
The Side Bowls are 6” diameter and 2.75” tall. They can hold 30 ounces and are stackable for easy storage.
What are the dimensions of the Main Plates?+-
The Main Plates are 9.75" diameter and 3/8" tall and are stackable for easy storage.
What are the dimensions of the Drinking Glasses?+-
The Drinking Glasses are 3.3" diameter and 3.8" tall and can hold 12 ounces. Plus they're stackable for easy storage!
Where are your products manufactured?+-All our products are designed in LA and manufactured by artisans & factory partners in Thailand, China and Mexico. The Always Pan is made in a female-owned factory in China, which we chose because of its high-quality craftsmanship and commitment to team ethics. You can learn more about our factories' craftsmanship and work here.
When will my order arrive?+-
Our Pans have been flying off the shelves and as a small team we’re doing our very best to keep up! If you’ve pre-ordered for our next shipment (thank you!) and are patiently awaiting your Always Pan, please see below for the most up-to-date information on when you’ll receive your order.
Due to COVID-19, we have a smaller team at our warehouse which can cause slight delays in shipping. Rest assured –– we are working on your order and will get it to you as soon as possible!
If you have any questions or just wanna chat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help!
I'd love to give this as a gift! What does the gifting look like?+-
Gift away! We think our pieces make amazing gifts for any housewarming, newly weds, or newly independent people in your life. Our packages never include pricing information but just a heads up - we might need a bit of information from you should we have any questions about the order. You can choose to ship your Our Place order to yourself and hand deliver it or let us do the (not so heavy) lifting by entering your receipients address for shipping. We will be sure to make it quick and simple if we have to reach out to you. At this time, we don't offer gift-wrapping or gift receipts, but we're happy to help if your lucky recipient has any issues!
How do I find my order number?+-
You should have an order confirmation email with your order number in your inbox. If you're having trouble finding it, search: email@example.com.Be sure to check your spam folder as sometimes they end up there. If you still can't find it, let us know and we'll help you out!
My item arrived damaged. What should I do?+-
Well, that's a bummer –– we're so sorry that happened. Please email us and we'll get you a replacement on the way ASAP. If you're able to, include a photo of the broken product + box so we can share with our product teams for improvements.
Where do you ship?+-
We ship across all 50 states, so if you're in the US we have you covered (Hawaii and Alaska included). If you're outside of the US, stay tuned! We hope to ship to you soon, too. Follow us at @ourplace on Instagram and join our mailing list at fromourplace.com to hear what we are up to (and where we are going) next!
I just ordered but I picked the wrong color - what should I do?+-
Whoops! Just drop us a line as soon as you can! We typically aren't able to edit orders but we can try to cancel your order before it ships out. If it's already shipped, hopefully it fits in nicely! But every place is different, and if you need to exchange it we'll be here to send a return label your way.
What is your return policy?+-
We offer hassle-free returns up to 30 days after your item has been delivered. If you need to return, email us and let us know why! We <3 feedback. Note: If you purchase from a partner of ours be sure to double check their return policy as it might differ from ours.
What payment methods do you accept?+-
We accept all major US bank cards, paypal, apple pay and google pay. Can't pay all at once? No prob: we offer a payment plan through Affirm.
I entered the wrong shipping address? What should I do?+-
It happens! Just email us and we'll try to catch your order before our warehouse fulfills it. Once our warehouse team is packaging up your order though, we're unable to change any shipping information.
Where is my money going? Where are you donating to?+-
Great question - for each of our collections, we find partners who are working to create systems-based change in the communities that we share. Our most recent charity partner was Feeding America to whom we donated the over 200,000 meals to help fight hunger during COVID-19.
What are your values and mission?+-
At Our Place, we believe in the power of home-cooking to bring people together. Our mission is to create products and experiences that celebrate cultures, honor traditions, and cultivate connections. Every building block of our business is towards a more connected world. We invest in factories with safe and ethical working conditions that pay above a living wage so that the people who make our products have time, energy, and resources to connect with the people they love. We invest in products made from thoughtful and responsible materials, because what we make is connected to the health of the earth we share. We invest in telling stories about real people and the vast cornucopia of communities that make up America, because a big world full of people who are different becomes much smaller when we know each other.
Are you using humane and ethical practices? Where are your products made?+-
We are so glad you asked as this is something we care deeply about as well. To that end, we ensure all of our factories are paid above-living wages, have benefits, and are treated with respect. We validate this through regular rigorous factory visits, interviews with teams, and 3rd party audits such as BSCI, SA8000, Sedex, and ISO.
You can learn more our about factories' craftsmanship and work here.
What does your name mean?+-
We started Our Place as a majority founding team of immigrants, finding our place in America by cooking and sharing food with our new communities. That's the power of home-cooking - it is at the root of connection, love, identity, culture, and belonging. The name Our Place roots us in our mission and values, and holds us accountable to working on the big questions: Is it Our Place to speak up? Is it Our Place to change things for the better? How can this Place be Ours if we don't work to create a more inclusive, just world? If these are the types of questions you find yourself asking as well, we'll see you at Our Place :)
What are your sustainability practices?+-
We know that what we make is connected to the health of the earth we share. That's why we invest in products made from thoughtful and responsible materials. Our glasses are made from a portion of recycled glass and natural sand, and are also naturally dyed. Our Always Pan is made from a portion of recycled materials as well. Our packaging is 100% free of plastics, is fully recyclable and biodegradable, and innovatively designed to eliminate the need for a shipper box. Our products are also intended to streamline your kitchen, and reduce the number of items you need to buy. These are just some of our initial sustainability practices, with many more in the works, and if you have any other suggestions for us, we'd love to hear them!
What is your founding story?+-
When we started Our Place, we knew it was about so much more than kitchenware.
We wanted to create a place that brought people together to celebrate traditions and create new ones.
We knew we wanted to work with sustainable materials and female artisans. .
We also knew that whatever we made, it had to make cooking more approachable and less cluttered. Simpler. Because when you have the right tools, cooking at home is beautiful. So we created Our Place, to bring people together through the power of home-cooking.
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What should I look for to know if its time to replace my current kitchenware?+-
If you're questioning "is this seasoning or the pan coating?" it's probably good you're here. We recommend giving your cookware a rigorous cleaning with non-abrasive scrubbers to see if that will do the trick and remove any residue. If you've still got residue after cleaning or some serious scratching on your cookware it may be time to update (though a few scratches is okay and very normal). If you're quite not sure or need tips and tricks for our favorite cleaning methods, let us know - we have a few tricks and tips we can share!
Are your products sold in stores?+-
We're currently sold online only.
Do you donate? Do you recycle? What happens to returned products?+-
We are currently sourcing partners who might be able to accept lightly used kitchenware. If you know of a partner we'd be able to work with please do reach out to us. We'd love to learn more about organizations that are important to you.