I'm what you might call a minimalist chef. It's not that I don't enjoy cooking — in fact, I rarely order out — but, as a working gal cooking for one, I always just choose whatever's easiest, quickest, and requires the least amount of clean-up.
And, friends, this is it. The one item that has made all the difference for me: the Our Place Always Pan.
When I say I can't imagine my kitchen without it, I mean it. To start, it's just such an attractive piece of cookware. Especially if you're lacking storage space in your kitchen, this pan is definitely cute enough to leave out on the stove. It comes in four colors — orangey-pink "Spice," taupe-hued "Steam," dark grey "Char," and forest green "Sage" — and features a sleek ceramic finish and modular lid.
But, looks aside, this pan features optimal function. The 10-inch, 2.6-quart cast-aluminum sauté pan is designed to "replace the need for eight other pieces of cookware" — including a skillet, sauté pan, colander, steamer basket, and more. It comes with a detachable wooden spatula, plus a built-in spoon rest when not in use. It's incredibly lightweight, made with a non-toxic and supremely nonstick coating, and — drumroll, please — is dishwasher-safe!
Even if you don't have a dishwasher or don't want to use yours, I can attest to the fact that it's so easy to handwash. Even if you leave the used pan sitting for a few hours (which I may have done once or twice ...), the nonstick coating makes it a breeze to wipe clean. Our Place even includes a special sponge with each purchase that is designed for the material of the pan.
My favorite type of dish to prepare in the pan is a stir-fry or zoodle pasta. I can steam veggies in the basket first, sauté other additions in a little bit of oil in the pan, and finally combine all ingredients at the very end to tie it all together. I use the provided spoon and, when I'm done, only have two pieces of cookware to clean.
For those who are environmentally conscious, Our Place also uses 100% recyclable and biodegradable packaging for shipping, so there's very minimal waste on every delivery.
Plus, right now, Our Place is offering an incredibly rare deal for $30 off with code HOMECOOKING. Unfortunately, there is a bit of bad news: All colors are currently for preorder only (due to their uber-popularity), but they will ship by the end of July, with the exception of the Sage color, which will ship by early August.
Whether you're starting to build a new kitchen from scratch or, like me, are just looking for more of a streamlined cooking process, this pan is a must-have.