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We tried out the fan-favorite Always Pan that replaces eight pieces of cookware



Here at New York Post Shopping, we’re all about saving you time and money. So naturally, we love multi-use products, like T3’s new interchangeable blow-drying brush and Vitamix’s 5200 Blender that can chop whole foods and even heat up soup.

When we discovered Our Place’s Always Pan picking up steam on social media, we simply had to put the pan that can replace eight pieces of traditional cookware to the test.

Aside from its versatility, the much-clamored-about pan has an Instagram-worthy bodice that comes in a beautiful palette — including its popular spice hue, a bold and tangy ‘lemon zest’ color and a modern-looking pewter shade.

Ahead, find our Always Pan review, along with our first impressions and thoughts on Our Place’s Walnut Cutting Board, its premier knives and the sold-separately Spruce Steamer (though there’s an included stainless steamer with an Always Pan purchase) that’ll inspire you to whip up dumplings and vegetables from the comfort of your stovetop.

What the Always Pan can do

Let’s first talk about the “do-it-all wonder” and the magic it claims to bring to your cooking game. The Always Pan is an alleged cult favorite for its ability to replace your fry pan, nonstick pan, saucier, saucepan, saute pan, skillet, spatula, spoon rest and steamer.

Plus, the ceramic-coated burner BFF checks yes to boiling, braising, frying, sauteing, searing, steaming and straining all on its fabulous lonesome. Not to mention, you can take the pan from stovetop to table to serve your delicious meal, or straight to the refrigerator to store leftovers.

Hence, it’s a plan you won’t use often, but “always.”

Our Place Always Pan, $115 (originally $145)

Our Place Always Pan

Conveniently, the Always Pan is currently on sale for $30 off!

The pan is exclusively designed with a nonstick coating that’s void of PFOAs, PTFEs, PFAs, cadmium, lead, nanoparticles and toxic metals — things you learn about in science class that don’t pair well with morning scrambled hash or dinnertime ravioli and veggies.

What’s more, the Always Pan is compatible with all cooktops — even induction! — and a modular lid to let steam escape or to lock it in when preferred. Oh, and did we talk about the included nesting steamer basket and colander?

Yes, it’s a two-in-one product in an eight-in-one product. Mind blown!

What we liked about the Always Pan

Our Place Always Pan review

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty, starting with the unboxing of the Always Pan and other cooking tools all the way to the final rinse and clean.

Its sustainable packing: When FedEx rang my doorbell with the Our Place box, the excitement made me do it, meaning I practically ripped it open and set it on my cooktop to admire the Instagram-turned-reality beaut.

Inside the cardboard boxes were a carefully packaged pan, cutting board, knives and bamboo steamer, all encased with more cardboard strips that said bye-bye to any and all plastic wrapping — a win for the sustainable-minded pan-user.

Also included is a miniature sponge that comes with cleaning instructions professionally attached (with a chic gold paperclip, no less). It’s advised to give the pan a nice wash before its first use.

Its versatility: This basically goes without saying, but the ability for it to do eight different things — and yes, we tried them all — is unmatched. I live with my parents who have a million and one pans, pots and lids that somehow all fit in our kitchen cabinets, and this completely replaces the need for about 80% of them.

It’s really nonstick: Starting off with one of the most simple dishes to hash out in the Always Pan: — grilled cheese. With a splash of oil, my lunch break creation turned out exquisite and I was impressed by how it’s the poster pan for nonstick. I didn’t vigilantly coat the sides of the pan and only focused on the base, and there was no sticky residue or embedded oil.

Our Place Always Pan review

Its spill-preventative high structure: Something that’s much less hyped about is its thickness. When on your burner, the Always Pan has a base that goes higher than most frying and saute pans, which means it’s nearly impossible for liquids to splatter or ingredients to spill out. And even though the pan comes with a sturdy lid that doesn’t budge, it’s a bonus feature that adds less stress to the cooking experience.

Its capacity: After my tomato and cheese-packed sandwich, I wanted to cook a dinner dish in the Always Pan that had a sauce-like broth and would allow me to fill up most of the pan, just to see how it measured up. I have much larger pans that I cook with, so I was a bit skeptical about how many additions would comfortably fit in the pan.

Of course, I had to make an Italian-style Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables from the one and only Laura Vitale, which was absolutely delectable. And, you best bet I used a bottle of Brightland olive oil to kick off the cooking party.

With a little over a pound of chicken breast and a garden of onions, peppers and mushrooms, everything sat nicely in the pan. And, when I had to cook everything with the lid partially off, it perfectly nestled off to the pan’s side.

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Its built-in spoon rest: When cooking, it’s so convenient to have a place to drop your spoon in between stirs. While I have a spoon rest right next to my burner, I don’t particularly love the look of it — not to mention, they aren’t practical for smaller apartment-like kitchens.

Our Place Always Pan review

With the Always Pan, you can place the spoon rest horizontally (pan-facing) or you can render it vertically if you’re cooking with the lid on. It’s genius, and I’m obsessed.

The cooking essentials from Our Place: Pairing nicely with the pan are the brand’s Everyday Chef’s Knife, Serrated Slicing Knife and Precise Paring Knife. When I made filet mignon during a Sur La Table cooking class, my boyfriend and I couldn’t get over how swiftly another brand’s chef knife cut. But, when we used Our Place’s Everyday Chef’s Knife and compared them side by side, Our Place’s was much sharper, less prone to accidentally cut you (thanks to its proprietary grooved handle that glides your hand) and looks super sleek.

What’s more, the brand’s Walnut Cutting Board is a dream to slice and dice. Its American black walnut wood is designed to maintain the sharpness of your knives. Its border trench captures juices and tend-to-spillover ingredients, too, so you won’t have a massacre on your countertop.

Our Place Always Pan review

Not to mention, it doubles as a beautiful charcuterie board.

It’s easy to clean: Whether you use the included sponge or not, the Always Pan is easy to clean. I didn’t have to use a soap pad and scrub for hours. A quick rinse with hot water and dish soap is all you need.

What we didn’t like about the Always Pan

While the buzzy pan is beloved by many, we noticed some shortfalls worth mentioning:

It’s not oven-safe: Though it’s true to its word of replacing eight pieces of cookware, the Always Pan isn’t oven-safe. I was going to make a recipe that was stovetop to oven and, sadly, was unable to use my new kitchen toy.

Our Place notes the pan isn’t oven-safe on its website so it’s not a sudden, covert flaw. However, it’s worth considering before splurging on a normally priced $145 pan.

It’s a bit heavy: With a three-pound weight, it doesn’t seem all too large. But, if you’re taking it by the handle to serve on your table — with food, no less — it’s noticeably heavier than most pans. So, we don’t recommend it for people with wrist injuries or weaker wrists.

It’s not practical for everything: While it’s always displayed on my stovetop, the Always Pan isn’t a true “always” product. Yes, you can scramble eggs in it, but it makes more sense (at least for me) to whip up a quick breakfast in my smaller, light-as-a-feather frying pan I’ve had for years — and, if you have a favorite wok or uniquely shaped pan, you’d likely resort to one of those.

But, we do love its ability to interchange between a saucepan and a skillet, a spoon rest and a steamer and more.

Is the Always Pan worth it?

Our Place Always Pan review

Yes, we stand by the Always Pan after testing. For a full deal, you can pick up the new Always Pot, too, but the pan is an optimal piece of cookware to add to your collection.

Or, dare we say collection, meaning the Always Pan replaces eight pieces of cookware?

Whether you’re moving into a new place and looking to cut down the costs of dozens of pans or you’re a seasoned cook who aims for convenience amid a busy schedule, the Always Pan is a reliable, quality and aesthetically pleasing buy.

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These fatty foods could be destroying your memory, say scientists



Ready meals and fast food could be destroying your memory.

Scientists say highly processed foods, crisps, and deli meats containing preservatives were linked with abrupt memory loss in older brains.

Researchers warn the amygdala — the part of the brain which regulates fear — is also affected.

So a bad diet could mean some dangerous decisions.

But diets with extra omega-3 fatty acid DHA, found in fish such as salmon, could ward off problems. Rather than supplements, researchers advised improved diets.

Scientists at America’s Ohio State University Institute for Behavioural Medicine Research did tests on lab rats.

Dr. Ruth Barrientos called the results “alarming”, adding: “Consumption of a processed diet can produce significant and abrupt memory deficits.”

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Biden and Lightfoot know mask rules are idiotic — so why haven’t they changed?



It happened again because of course it happened again. The latest example of COVID hypocrisy, if you have enough hard-drive space to keep track, is a viral video of President Biden traipsing through a ritzy DC eatery with no mask, in defiance of the city’s strict rules. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was photographed at a basketball game, the only bare face in a sea of muzzled fans.

This kind of thing has been so common that it is hard to stay outraged, even though we should.

But there is another, deeper question at play here. Why won’t the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update its masking guidance as vaccinations increase, case numbers diminish and politicians, among pretty much everyone else, ignore it across the nation?

The CDC website says that “If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant, and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public, if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” A handy map shows the location of these areas — it’s basically the entirety of the United States. This guidance is vague, and not followed by massive swaths of the nation.

Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.
Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.

Why is it being ignored? Because much of its application is nonsensical on its face, so to speak. What possible health benefit is there for wearing a mask from door to the table then taking it off to eat and drink and talk all night? Every one of us knows that 10 seconds of following the hostess to your table is not a potential superspreader event. It’s such performative idiocy.

Meanwhile, CDC guidelines still say if you take a kid across state lines, say on vacation, you have to quarantine for 10 days. Is any parent in the country actually doing this? We should hope not, because it’s insane. Even Fauci the Merciful, who has relented and has now pronounced we can have holiday gatherings, isn’t mentioning this. Because he knows he would look like a fool.

President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
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So why do these absurd rules, that most people don’t follow anyway, and seem to be based on about as much science as Tarot cards, still exist at all? And more importantly, what metrics do we need to hit for them to go away? That’s one query the exultant and high experts will never answer. When it comes to imposing restrictions the science is strict, settled, and exact, when it comes to easing restrictions it’s all a rich tapestry of who really knows.

Enough. When mask mandates made their first appearance in the Spring of 2020 many feared we would wind up wearing them forever. Those people were mocked as alarmists. Well, it’s almost 2022, what gives? Everyone over 12 can get a vaccine that we are promised gives fantastic protection, and young kids continue to only very rarely have significant illness.

People can decide for themselves whether they want to keep wearing masks, if they are high risk or nervous. As for the rest of us, what are we waiting for? We have long passed common sense. We need some answers about how and when these rules will end. And we need them now.

David Marcus is the author of “Charade: The COVID Lies That Crushed A Nation.”

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Cops face questions after missing Alabama woman’s body found in police van



A missing Alabama woman’s body has been found in an unoccupied police van — prompting questions about her death and how she could go undetected as authorities were searching for her.

Christina Nance, 29, was discovered dead in a prisoner transport van Oct. 7, five days after she was reported missing, Deputy Police Chief DeWayne McCarver said.

The vehicle was parked at a public safety complex in Huntsville.

“The officer noticed shoes next to the van and approached, discovering Ms. Nance’s body inside. Windows on the van were observed to be opened and on this type of van they popped outward,” McCarver said on Friday at a press conference, CNN reported.

No cause of death has been determined, but preliminary autopsy results didn’t indicate that there was any foul play or bodily trauma.

“The official cause of death will be ruled by the state medical examiner once additional studies, including toxicology, are complete,” police said.

Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25, then appearing to enter the van.

But her family — who reported her missing on Oct. 2 — said they have their doubts about the footage.

“The video was not clear enough to indicate that that was our sister Christina Nance,” Nance’s sister Whitney Nance told news station WAFF.

Police vehicles.
Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Christina Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25.
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“It was just very heartbreaking to know that we didn’t get the clarification that we really needed, that we wanted.”

Police have said it’s protocol for the vans to be kept locked.

“It is an accountability issue on our part,” McCarver said. “That should not have happened. And now we have to look at that, and we have to make sure that we have things in place so that does not happen again.”

It’s unclear how Nance went undetected in the busy police parking lot.

“Cars go by, people walk nearby the van. We just wish that she would have hollered out to someone or something, because there were plenty of … what we see as potential opportunities for this to not be a tragedy. And unfortunately, no one was able to realize she was in that van and that was the outcome,” McCarver said.

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