(This post only applies to LloydPans dark coating products.)
Switched Again for Lighter, Tougher Pans
About 10 years back, I replaced all of my baking pans to ones made in USA. They were silicon coated to be nonstick.
After a while, I noticed the pans began to have brown patches. I was worried that if elements can seep through the coatings then the aluminum would have come in contact with the food, too. Also, these pans tend to be heavy and hard to handle during baking and washing, especially the care needed to not scratch the coating.
I started my search for new pans, determined to find something better and still made in USA. Then I stumbled upon a site for serious pizza makers and it led me to LloydPans.
Why I Love Using LloydPans
- Made in Spokane Valley, Washington, USA
- Their special DARK coatings: Pre-Seasoned Tuff-Kote® and Dura-Kote®
- Non-toxic, water base (eco-friendly), PTFE and PFOA free sealer
- The sealer gets down into the pores to form the seal over the anodized metal surface (I think that prevents interaction with food and metal)
- no seasoning the pans (I wash them after each use to avoid the need)
- no oiling before baking (from my own experiences)
- safe with metal utensil (hand whisks, spatulas, NOT knives/mixers)
- stick resistant
- safe to heat up to 700 F (450 F is the limit for silicon coated pans)
- absorbs heat very well
- Light weight — easier to handle when baking and washing
- Eco-friendly manufacturing
- Easy to clean (more details next)
Easy to Clean
- Metal utensil safe = less worry! Now I don’t have to be careful about forks and table knives touching the pans in the sink
- For stubborn stuck-on food, I just soak it in warm water for 30 min, using a flexible spatula (a rep. at LloydPans told me she uses her metal spatula to do this and her pans still works well) to work on the toughest spots, then finish off with a with my 100% plant based Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (read my review)
- No rust nor stain so far after 3 months of frequent use (I dry mine at 150 F for a few minutes in my toaster oven so I can put them away sooner.)
More Tips and Notes
- Read and follow the instructions from LloydPans. If you have more questions after that, go to LloydPans.com, you can chat or call them for help. I had great customer service experiences with them.
- NEVER put empty oiled pans in the oven, it’s bad for the coating.
- Watch and adjust the oven temperatures and positions the first time you use your LloydPans with any recipes. Their dark coated pans absorb heat very well, one time I had to turn my toaster oven down 50 F.
- Best to hand wash — I hand wash mine with 3M eco sponge (made in USA) and Attitude dish soap (made in Canada, read my review). According to LloydPans, the dish washer cleaners harm the coating.
- “Beauty Marks” is okay — During the production process, where the clamps hold the pan, there are marks left on the reams, it doesn’t effect the performance nor the durability of the pan.
Where to Buy
- For immediate availability try Amazon
- Direct from LloydPans or LloydPans Kitchenware (for cookware and other home kitchen products) — I am a bit picky and wanted items as close to my ideal as possible, so I ordered from them. If they don’t have the items in stock, they will make them for you, so it may take a while. They will send you an estimated date after you placed the order.
Better Cooking Life Through LloydPans
Being a slow cook, using LloydPans pans and baking dish saves me time and many little annoyances in the kitchen. And USA made products still rock!
P. S. Want more USA made goods? See what else I actually use or shop at my Made in USA Amazon Store.