Uncoated pans for high-class and sustainability in the kitchen

Uncoated pans are indispensable, especially in fine dining. But how sustainable can these models be?

Uncoated pans
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Author: House of Eden

Whether pancakes for breakfast, a vegetable stir-fry for lunch or a pasta sauce for dinner: pans accompany us all through everyday life. But not every pan is suitable for every dish. Uncoated pans, for example, are ideal for higher-class dishes where roasted flavors are more than desired. We'll show you what's important when it comes to uncoated pans and where you can buy sustainable models.

The most important facts at a glance:

  • Uncoated pans conserve resources thanks to their longevity and efficient heat conduction. They enable healthy cooking practices without harmful substances and at higher temperatures
  • Coated pans are good for easy cleaning and low-fat frying and are suitable for lighter dishes such as vegetable stir-fries. Uncoated pans, on the other hand, score points with their high heat resistance and robust structure. They are ideal for meat, sauces and stews
  • Choosing uncoated pans not only means sustainable cooking, but also a long-term, quality-oriented investment in kitchen equipment

Uncoated pans and sustainability - does that go together?

Yes. Uncoated pans are definitely a sustainable choice. And for various reasons: First of all, their construction is often made of robust materials such as stainless steel or cast iron. These are particularly durable and therefore rarely have to be bought new. Pans without coating also usually require lower cooking temperatures because they conduct and retain heat more efficiently. This also leads to lower energy consumption, i.e. a positive ecological balance.

Uncoated pans are healthier

Uncoated pans are also a good choice for those who are health-conscious. They are free of harmful substances such as per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). These toxins are usually contained in conventional pan coatings and can have a negative impact on your health. When using uncoated pans, Cooking no potentially dangerous particles Court.

Coated or uncoated? The pros and cons

Not every pan is suitable for every dish. We'll show you the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pan:

AdvantagesDisadvantagesWhat are they suitable for?
Coated pans
  • Dishes burn very slowly
  • easy to clean
  • Low-fat roast
  • dishwasher safe
  • Quickly lose quality due to scratches
  • less heat resistant
  • harmful coatings
  • Vegetables
  • patties
  • Flour and egg dishes
Uncoated pans
  • suitable for particularly high temperatures
  • sturdy and durable
  • A successful crust is created
  • without harmful coatings
  • Dishes burn faster
  • higher maintenance costs
  • fish and meat
  • Pasta sauces
  • Stews
  • Potato pans

Different Types of Uncoated Pans:

But there are also different types and materials for uncoated pans. Each has its own unique properties:

  1. Stainless steel: Stainless steel pans are known for their durability and durability. They are rust-proof, heat-resistant and relatively easy to maintain. Stainless steel pans are particularly suitable for searing meat and achieving even browning.
  2. Cast iron: Cast iron pans are quite heavy but have excellent heat retention. This type of pan is perfect for braising and frying at low temperatures. The natural non-stick coating develops over time, making it an excellent choice for slow, flavorful cooking processes.
  3. Copper: Copper pans can conduct heat extremely efficiently, allowing for precise temperature control. However, these pans are not completely uncoated: they are usually coated with a thin layer of stainless steel or tin to prevent a reaction with acidic foods. However, this type of coating is not as worrying as the conventional variant. Copper pans are ideal for preparing sauces and delicate dishes.

Our top 6 brands for uncoated pans:

These brands offer uncoated pans and do not ignore the sustainability aspect:

  1. Caraway
  2. Field Company
  3. Rufoni
  4. Stubborn
  5. Rösle
  6. Made in


Caraway's stainless steel pans are free of PTFE, lead and cadmium. Their shiny design gives the kitchen an elegant touch. The company attaches great importance to social sustainability: BSCI and SMETA support manufacturing partners where employees are paid fairly and have regulated working hours.

Material: Stainless Steel
Price: depending on size from 140€
Where to buy: Im Caraway online shop

Caraway uncoated pans

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Field Company

The Field Company brand works with recycled iron and the surface contains no chemicals or coatings. In order to improve the non-stick effect, this pan has been pre-treated with three layers of organic grape oil.

Material: cast iron
Price: depending on size from 200€
Where to buy: Im Field Company Online Shop

Field Company Uncoated Pans

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Ruffoni's range includes hand-hammered copper cooking utensils. The Italian company's products are particularly characterized by their longevity and timeless design.

Material: Copper
Price: depending on size from 230€
Where to buy: Im Ruffoni online shop 

Ruffoni uncoated pans

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This robust cast iron pan is 100 percent Made in Germany and consists of raw iron ore and recycled material. This model is therefore also completely free of PFAS, PFOA and PTFE. Cast iron pans are particularly suitable for hearty fried potatoes, as they give the potatoes a perfect crust due to the hot temperatures.

Material: cast iron
Price: depending on size from 150€
Where to buy: Im Stubborn online shop

Uncoated pans from Stur

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The German family business Rösle relies on particularly high-quality workmanship and long-lasting quality. In addition to uncoated pans, the company also produces pans made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Material: cast iron
Price: 109€
Where to buy: Im Rösle online shop as well as in selected shops

Uncoated pans Rösle

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Made in

Made In claims to use scrap metal in their products and reduce their CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process. You can also send used pans back to the company, which will process them in the best possible way. The most sustainable aspect, however, is the longevity of such a pan.

Material: Stainless Steel
Price: depending on size from 145€
Where to buy: Im Made in online shop

Made In uncoated stainless steel pan

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Care for and clean uncoated pans

Caring for uncoated pans is relatively uncomplicated, but contributes significantly to their longevity. After cooking, a simple wipe with a paper towel is often enough to remove any coarse residue. If there are stubborn residues, we recommend using warm water and a mild soap. This means that the natural patina that the non-stick effect brings with it is retained for a particularly long time. Gently rubbing with an oily cloth, such as vegetable oil, will help preserve these properties and also protect the pan from rust.

Sustainability in the kitchen

Uncoated pans are much more than just a cooking utensil - they are a choice for quality and durability. In a time where fast pace has become the norm, choosing something timeless reminds us of something lasting; something that remains. We consumers must finally make conscious choices again. This is how you decide against the hustle and bustle and for more peace and sustainability in our kitchen. Bon appetit!


Why uncoated pans?

Uncoated pans enable natural flavor development and versatile preparation thanks to their robust surface.

What are uncoated pans for?

Uncoated pans are particularly suitable for searing meat as well as for authentic and even heat distribution in various cooking techniques.


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