Frequently Asked Questions & Need-To-Knows
Q: Can I wash ManPans in my dishwasher?
A: No, ManPans cookware require hand washing only
Q: Will the Handle get hot?
A: The handle will remain safe to touch when used on stovetops if it is not over a burner. An oven mitt is required to remove from an oven; the handle will cool to a useable temperature in just a few minutes
Q: Are ManPans non-stick?
A: No. It has a release comparable to well-seasoned cast iron. When cooking in ManPans you must use a little oil and a lower heat setting.
Q: What scrubbing tools are safe to use on ManPans?
A: A non-abrasive scrubby is generally adequate. A Scotch-Brite® green pad used lightly is sufficient for the toughest residue.
Q: What cleaning compounds are safe to use on ManPans?
A: A paste of baking soda is good for removing fine hazes of material. Dry salt in a dry pan rubbed with a dry rag is good for heavier build up. Rub until the surface has a satin sheen and is not dull.
Q: Is discoloration normal?
A: Some mottling and staining is normal after a period of use. It doesn’t affect the performance of the pan.
Q: Does ManPans contain any PTFE, PFOA, or fluoropolymers?
A: No, and no bare aluminum, nickel, chromium, iron, copper, PTFE, PFOA, or fluoropolymers are exposed to the food. ManPans don’t change the taste of your food because the surface is chemically neutral and won’t react with your food like most pan surfaces do.
Q: Are ManPans metal utensil safe?
A: Yes, we actually recommend using metal spatulas with fry pans. The pan is hard and abrasion resistant. But, do not use sharp instruments or appliances such as forks, knives or electric mixers to cut or chop against the pan. Immersion blenders can be used taking care not to bump hard against the surface.
Q: Why are ManPans green?
A: ManPans are Made in the USA in Spokane, Washington. The pans are made entirely in-house including anodizing so the elimination of outsourcing and additional transportation reduces our carbon footprint. Our processes are low impact and non-toxic, we use clean, renewable hydropower and we recycle our waste metal. More on green products found here…
Q: Can ManPans be refurbished?
A: Yes, for a small fee and shipping costs, your ManPans can be refurbished like new. (Subject to factory evaluation.)
Q: Are ManPans recyclable?
A: Yes, every part of the pans can be recycled.
Cook Top Compatibility
Q: Can I use ManPans on gas, electric coil, halogen, radiant, solid burner, ceramic or glass cook top?
Q: Can I use ManPans on an induction cook top?
A: No. ManPans are not induction capable because they are made from aluminum.
Q: What are ManPans made of?
A: ManPans are made of solid twelve-gauge aluminum with a hard-anodized coating and a special water-based mineral-like sealer.
Q: Are ManPans made in the USA?
A: Yes, ManPans are made in the USA in Spokane, Washington.
Q: Do the raw materials come from the USA?
A: First, bauxite, the mineral aluminum is made from, is not mined in the US and must be imported. Secondly, there are no producers in the US of ingots of the grade of aluminum that we use. All of the aluminum smelted in the US is very high grade, very expensive and made mostly for the aerospace industry.
The raw aluminum ingots that we purchase are rolled in mills in the US and finished to precise specifications. They are shipped to us in sheets of precise thickness. In this respect, their product is made in the USA. We recycle all of our aluminum waste and sell it back to our mills to be smelted again and rolled. The mills are highly technical and employ many US workers.
Q: What is the warranty on ManPans?
A: 30 days unconditional return, and lifetime material and workmanship.
Q: Are ManPans oven safe?
A: ManPans is oven safe to 700°, the lid to 400°
• Beauty Marks: We believe the Gem-X2 finish quality of our pans gives you the most beautiful cooking results imaginable. Our exclusive manufacturing process leaves an occasional harmless streak, smudge or rack mark on the cookware and we don’t over finish them with unnecessary pretty coatings. We call these our “Beauty Marks”.
• These pans conduct heat extremely well: Start by turning your burner down to about 50% of the heat setting you would normally cook with and change if needed. If you turn the heat up too high, food will burn and stick to the pans.
• Make sure you do not wash the pans in a dishwasher..hand wash only: Dish-washing detergent contains caustic acid that will harm the finish over time, and does void the warranty. If you do get some food residue, try boiling an inch of water in the pan to loosen the residue. If any remains, you can vigorously rub dry salt in a dry pan with a cloth to remove it. Be sure to wipe a light coat of oil on the pan after cleaning and prior to the next use.
• Use a light wipe or spray of oil when cooking: These pans are not completely non-stick, but do have a release finish and provide a release similar to a well-seasoned cast iron pan. We don’t recommend soy-based oil as that tends to get sticky. If your bottle of vegetable oil from the store doesn’t list a source on the front, check the label-it’s likely soy.
Q: What tips for scrambled eggs do you have?
A: Preheat the pan on a low setting, then oil the pan and wait for the oil to get hot. Add egg mixture and wait for several minutes giving them time to coagulate a bit. Use a flat edged metal spatula to lift the eggs from the surface, creating fluffy mounds. Turn the mounds again if needed.
Q: How should I cook with ManPans?
A: Use a very low heat to start. The pans are very efficient and people have burned their food using the settings they were used to with their older pans. Start at less than half of your usual burner setting. When cooking with Fry Pans or Saute Pans, use a straight edge metal spatula for turning.
Q: Can I sear in these pans?
A: Yes, but use a lower burner setting than you would usually use until you are used to the pan; you don’t need a high heat setting. Use a metal spatula to aggressively get under foods to turn. You can sear on the stovetop and finish in the oven with these pans. (Be sure to use an oven mitt when removing from the oven.)