The Always Pan 101

*This post is created in collaboration with Our Place and ShopStyle Collective, but all product selections, opinions, and cookware obsessions are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*



Happy Hump Day, friends! Believe it or not, we’re preparing for another winter storm tonight, with ice and freezing temps in the forecast. Did I mention it was 75 degrees on Monday?!

I’m embracing the cold, and possible ‘snow day’ from school, with a big ol’ Perfect Pot of chili! For years now, I’ve been cooking something almost every day in either the Our Place Always Pan or the new Perfect Pot (my Home Cook Duo!), and I’m still amazed every time I use it!

It truly is completely non-stick (plus non-toxic!), and is all I need for just about anything I cook! And apparently y’all feel the same, because the Always Pan was in the Top 10 of Sugarplum Best Sellers for the last two years!

I know lots of you own it now, so today I thought I’d share all the scoop and FAQ on this internet sensation. After all, Oprah herself named it a Favorite Thing, and everyone from the New York Times to Food & Wine has raved about it. At one point, it had a waitlist of over 30,000 people!

Always PanPerfect PotHome Cook Duo (the pot & pan together for less!)

Always Pan


Q. What are the 7 cookware items that the Always Pan can replace?

A. Get ready to clean out your pots and pan drawer! The Always Pan acts as a steamer and strainer (each Always Pan comes with a steamer basket!), sauté pan, sauce pan, rounded saucepan, skillet, fry pan, nonstick pan, and spoon rest.


Q. What are some features that make the Always Pan so special?

A. Not only is it completely non-stick and cleans up like a whiz, it has a built-in spoon rest for the included beechwood spatula (no more messy counters!), two pour spouts, nested steaming basket (perfect for steaming veggies or draining pasta), stay-cool knob on the lid, and handle helper (but be careful, it gets hot!).

Always PanPerfect PotHome Cook Duo (the pot & pan together for less!) | Walnut Cutting & Serving Board | Precise Paring KnifeEveryday Chef’s Knife | Serrated Slicing Knife


Q. What are the best oils to use when cooking?

A. A high-smoke-point fat is recommended, such as avocado, peanut, coconut, or extra virgin olive oils. You can also use 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 (aka: to smoke). When the oil reaches that smoke point, it can leave residue on the pan that is harder to clean.


Q. What materials are NOT used?

A. It’s formulated without Teflon, PFAS, PFOAS, PTFEs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, or potentially harmful materials. And of course, one of the best features is its superior non-toxic, non-stick, environmentally-friendly ceramic coating that cleans so easily you’ll be back to hosting your guests in minutes!

Always PanPerfect PotHome Cook Duo (the pot & pan together for less!) | Walnut Cutting & Serving Board | Precise Paring KnifeEveryday Chef’s Knife | Serrated Slicing Knife


Q. What is the best way to clean the Always Pan?

A. Hand-washing is recommended with soapy water and a sponge (one is included!). The metal steamer basket is dishwasher safe. Since the spatula is made out of wood, it is also recommended to hand-wash that as well.


Q. Is the Always Pan safe to place in the oven?

A. No! The Always Pan was made to replace several cookware items, but it needs to stay on the stove. The Perfect Pot, however, is completely oven-safe!

Always Pan | Walnut Cutting & Serving Board | Precise Paring KnifeEveryday Chef’s Knife | Serrated Slicing Knife

Perfect Pot


Q. Is the Always Pan safe to use on induction cooktops?

A. Yes! Induction cooktops are more energy efficient, and the cast aluminum body of the pan is compatible.


Q. How do I keep the nonstick lasting long?

A. It is recommended to cook on low to medium heat when using the Always Pan. The occasional sear is totally fine though! Like mentioned above, high-smoke-point oils are also recommended to use when cooking so as to not leave a residue. Lastly, it is also recommended to let the pan cool down before washing, as extreme temperature change can cause the nonstick coating to break down over time.

Always PanPerfect PotHome Cook Duo (the pot & pan together for less!) | Walnut Cutting & Serving Board | Precise Paring KnifeEveryday Chef’s Knife | Serrated Slicing Knife | Fry Deck

And the new Fry Deck fits both Always Pa and Perfect Pot, and makes frying the perfect wonton or other crispy delight a breeze! Plus the best part is that the oil drips right back into the pan or pot, so clean-up is much easier!


I’ve had my Always Pan for years, and you can see the non-stick is still fully intact and it looks brand new! I don’t think there’s been a time in the two years of cooking with it that someone in my family hasn’t commented on the ease and efficiency!

Even the teens recognize the difference when they cook… and that’s saying a lot!

Plus, Our Place as a company is committed to doing good and being good. Their products are ethically produced, and each Collection donates to a charity partner. In fact, they recently partnered with Feeding America and donated over 200,00o meals to fight hunger.

You can save 10% on your own Always Pan or Perfect Pot with my exclusive code SUGARPLUM10! They also have great bundles HERE that save you even more. And I can assure you anything from Our Place makes an incredible gift… it’s been my go-to for the last two Christmases!

So tell me, has your dinner cooking and cleaning routine gotten the Our Place upgrade, too? Do you have any other questions about the Always Pan?

Leave a Comment


  1. Em wrote:

    Ugh! Another commercial.

    Posted 2.23.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Em! While Hi Sugarplum is my happy place and joyful outlet, it is also my job. And part of my job is finding and sharing products of all kinds with you. I have built a solid platform here, and work hard to create content that is valuable to both my readers and brands, and that work and exposure deserves to be paid. I’d imagine you get paid for your work, as well. Wishing you the best in your endeavors! xo. C

      Posted 2.24.22 Reply
      • Susan wrote:

        Hi Cassie…Love your pink sweater!Can you tell me where you found it? Thank you! Susan

        Posted 2.27.22 Reply
  2. I have this pan and have really tried to love it. On the plus side, I love how evenly it cooks. And it was the BEST at making baja fish tacos. BUT while I found it was gorgeously nonstick at first, things now stick to it like any other pan. I always handwash it and have used the sponge, tried to keep heat low, let it cool down; I read all the directions! Not sure what I did wrong here. And I was so excited to buy more. Do you know if they have an exchange policy? I bought it in Feb. 2021. I’d love to give it another try.

    Posted 2.24.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Milly! Be sure you’re using the correct type of cooking oil (and not aerosal sprays!) when using! I’ve listed those in the post. I also found details about returns on their FAQ page online, linked here:

      Posted 2.25.22 Reply