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I bought myself Our Place’s Always Pan as a housewarming gift after moving into a new apartment — I had been hearing about it on social media and even from our own coverage for months, so I decided to make it my splurge quarantine purchase. And I’ve found it a worthwhile investment: It’s perfectly nonstick, easy to clean, and the monochromatic Terracotta matches perfectly with my kitchen. After a few uses, I'd already decided I would give my mom one for the holidays — she’s always been an avid cook, but she rarely invested in good quality, modern kitchenware.
I had always gravitated toward gifting my mom high-tech kitchen gadgets during the holidays — in the past, I’ve given her an Instant Pot, an electric griddle and a waffle maker, for instance. However, I never really thought to go back to the basics with a simple pot and pan. Fortunately, both the Always Pan and the Perfect Pot really feel like they could do it all: The brand says they can replace up to 15 pieces of cookware combined, including everything from a steamer and spoon rest to a stockpot and Dutch oven. And unlike the Always Pan, which can’t be used in the oven, the Perfect Pot is oven-safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (addressing a criticism I initially had of the pan).
Aside from its multifunctionality, one of the most appealing aspects of Our Place’s cookware is just how aesthetically pleasing it is: The tools come in a variety of colors ranging from Spice (pink) and Sage (green) to Blue Salt and Char (black). Since my mom is more of a minimalist when it comes to decor (whereas I like pops of color, hence the Sage Perfect Pot shipping to my home at the moment), I got her pan and pot in Steam (gray). But Our Place does offer the option to mix and match the colors in case a few catch your eye.
Both tools have a ceramic coating that the brand says is not only free from toxic chemicals like PFAS, but is also extremely nonstick, to make the cooking and cleaning process a lot easier. Both feature a modular lid that lets out steam when you need, and each has a durable aluminum body that can evenly distribute heat, according to the brand.
You also get several cooking accessories with the Duo: The Always Pan comes with a handy beachwood spatula and a built-in spoon rest, while the Perfect Pot includes a beachwood spoon that’s designed to comfortably rest on either side of the pot. You also get a steamer basket that can nest inside the pan and a custom roasting rack that doubles as a steamer for the pot.