The GreenGourmet line from Cuisinart is a really great idea conceptually. Both product and packaging are made from materials that are recycled, better for the environment, and healthier for your body. This wok is just one of many GreenGourmet options to choose from, and it holds up like the rest.
The solid construction is made out of hard anodized aluminum, a material that heats up quickly and requires less energy to maintain high temperatures. The wok is coated inside with ceramic-based non-stick coating, not petroleum-based -- just one more way to conserve resources. It's also PTFE and PFOA-free. All stainless steel parts are made from 70% recycled materials, and the product packaging is 100% recycled and printed with soy ink.
This wok measures 12 inches in diameter and comes with a tight-fitting glass lid. The handles are stay-cool, and it's still safe in oven temperatures up to 500 degrees as well as under the broiler. Cuisinart also covers this GreenGourmet product with a limited lifetime warranty.
At first, this GreenGourmet wok offers a lot more non-stick action than an ordinary stainless steel pan. After a while, though, it's possible that the surface could become more reminiscent of stainless steel. Some users mention that after 6 months or so, it's not as non-stick as it was out of the box. However, most cooks don't report any problems at all. In any case, it's best to follow the manufacturer's cooking and maintenance instructions to extend the life of the pan, such as not exposing it to extreme stovetop temperatures or not washing it in the dishwasher.
Compare this GreenGourmet wok with the Joyce Chen Wok Set, another eco-friendly alternative.
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