I’m updating this review post after using Caraway cookware pretty consistently for a year. You might be thinking, well it can’t be bad if you are still using it after a year. And it’s true. I’m still using it to this day. But it’s not perfect and I’m going to tell you why. If you are on the fence about whether to get this cookware, I’m spilling the beans in this post; the good, bad and the ugly with this Caraway Cookware Review. Is it really worth it?
First, a disclaimer. I am not a food blogger. I am not a professional chef. But I am a busy wife and mom. And I do cook a lot. If you’re anything like me, you need easy. You need one less thing to worry about (chemicals). So, if you are in the same boat and want to see how this cookware works for a busy mom, keep reading!
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What Caraway Offers
There best selling product is this Caraway cookware set.
Colors Offered: Cream, Navy, Gray, Sage, Perracotta, Marigold, Black (Iconics), White (Iconics)
Caraway Cookware – What’s wrong with it?
Most review-type posts out there start with the pros. In this case, I’m going to start with what I don’t like about this cookware. Besides, most of you want to know what’s wrong with this cookware – and if it’s still worth buying despite its faults.
My biggest con is that the nonstick coating has gone a little flat. And by flat, I mean it’s a bit sticky. It started like literal buttah – eggs would slide right out of this thing (almost dangerously fast). Luckily, I managed to get the food on the plate. But now, I find eggs stick a bit more. And it can take some scrubbing to remove the brown residue from cooking.
This could be a user error. Because I found out a little too late that ceramic cookware holds more heat than traditional pans, and overheating the pan will cause the nonstick coating to wear away.
The inside still looks brand new. The outside? Not so much. I could eventually get it off if I scrubbed it with baking soda or barkeeper’s friend. But again – busy mom and don’t care that much.
So, did I use the pan on too high of heat? Did I cause the nonstick coating to get a little sticky? Maybe!? But, ok. Is the stickiness enough for me to no longer like and use this cookware? Nope. And I’ll tell you why.
Because, as a Mom, using pans without chemicals is MORE IMPORTANT to me than a pan that sticks a little bit. And more important than having a pan that looks pristine. Yes, my pan looks used because it is used every day.
Another con? It’s not dishwasher safe – you need to handwash it. I don’t have time for that. I prefer everything to be dishwasher-safe.
Finally – It’s expensive. If you are shelling out this much for a single pan, then you want it to be perfection.
Caraway Cookware – What’s Right with it?
The biggest pro for me is the lack of chemicals. Because that is kind of scary. Caraway products are made without toxic materials like PFAS, PTFE, PFOA, or other hard-to-pronounce chemicals.
The one you might have heard before is PFOA. Otherwise known as the chemical compound perfluorooctanoic acid. It’s used in making Teflon and other products. Scientists dub it “the forever chemical” as it stays in the body for years. It’s been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, liver damage, congenital disabilities, and other health problems. In 2015, DuPont agreed to pay $671 million to settle charges that it had deceived consumers about the safety of its PFOA-containing products.
Yes, chemicals are in just about everything these days. But if I can find a way to limit them somehow, I’ll do it. Bottom line? I don’t want chemicals leaching into my food while I cook. And I doubt you do either.
Another pro? They are pretty enough to leave out on your stove. I love the ivory color, but they have other colors too.
Pros and Cons Comparison Chart
Let’s see all the pros and cons side by side.
|Non Stick Coating Wears off
|Offers a Range of Products
|Bottom of Cookware Stains
|Induction, Gas and Electric Stove Safe
|Comes with a Warranty
Caraway Cookware – Is it worth it?
Do I still recommend it after a year? Yes, I do. I still think Caraway is a good company and a good brand and you will get a quality product. I just need to be careful to really follow those instructions about the non sticky coating and not use it above medium heat.
But there have been some additional players in the non toxic cookware game and I’m curious to try those as well – read (I’m not exactly brand loyal to Caraway either.) Greenpan, Our Place,