Our Process

This page contains information regarding the health and safety of our product as well as additional care and use information.

We take health and safety very seriously. All of the chemistry used in our highly engineered electroless nickel (EN) surface finishing process is RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant. This is the same finish used on complex parts in the most demanding industries like aerospace, medical, military and automotive. EN is chosen by engineers in these industries to increase corrosion protection, enhance lubricity and harden the surface of many types of substrates ranging from cast iron to titanium. The beauty of EN is that it coats the surface uniformly regardless of shape. We specifically engineered our pans with EN to improve cast iron’s overall performance (i.e. easier to clean, smoother surface, no flavor transference) while maintaining the characteristics cherished by those of us who appreciate cast iron cooking (e.g. heat retention, even heat distribution and durability).

What is Electroless nickel (EN)?

Electroless nickel plating has been used across all industries including medical, aerospace, defense and automotive for decades. The process involves plating a nickel-phosphorous coating onto a substrate by chemical reduction. Unlike electroplated coatings, EN is applied without externally applied current. This chemical process avoids many of the problems associated with most metallic coatings while providing many unique characteristics.

EN can be applied to a variety of substrates including brass, iron, titanium, stainless steel, and cast iron. The coatings are uniform, hard, lubricious, and highly resistant to corrosion. The last two characteristics are the primary reasons for selecting this finish for the GRIZZLY products.

Testing

Significant research, engineering and testing have gone into developing this cookware. We are grateful to have partners who are experts within their fields, for every step in our manufacturing process. Furthermore, we take pride in our commitment to keep the entire process here in the United States.

Hazardous Chemicals

Concerned about the presence of hazardous chemicals (e.g. cadmium, arsenic, mercury) in the nickel finish? All GRIZZLY Cookware is plated with chemistry that is RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant. Additionally, finished pans were sent to a third-party lab for testing to verify that no hazardous elements were present.

Nickel Sensitivity

Nickel is a naturally occurring, lustrous, silvery-white metallic element. It is the fifth most common element on earth and occurs extensively in the earth’s crust. Nickel is used in countless products by leading industries, including cookware. Additionally, nickel is commonly used in alloying, particularly with other metals to produce stainless steel widely used in pots/pans and food processing equipment.

Nickel allergic contact dermatitis (NACD) is a well- known skin condition which can be acquired after direct and prolonged contact with items which release a sufficient amount of nickel. Nickel release (not nickel content) is the most important factor in determining whether an article will cause people to become allergic to nickel or cause NACD in nickel-allergic people. Based on the average time of user contact with a GRIZZLY pan, the chance of someone having an allergic reaction is very low.

Rust

GRIZZLY Cast Iron Cookware is rust resistant, not rust proof. Nickel is an anti-corrosion coating that significantly limits rusting. However, prolonged contact/submersion in water can result in localized rusting (particularly the logo and branding on the back of the pan). This rust will not impact the cooking performance nor shorten the life of the pan. Just remove the rust with normal washing and towel dry prior to storing the pan. Testing by independent labs, professional chefs and outdoor enthusiasts have all yielded positive feedback for GRIZZLY’s superior performance in harsh conditions.

Cleaning

Stains on the cooking surface of your GRIZZLY skillet can occur when cooking foods that are higher in nitrates (bacon, pork, root vegetables etc). BarKeeper’s Friend is our favorite cleanser for stubborn stains and helping to restore that original luster. We recommend using typical kitchen sponges or an ultra-fine Scotch Brite pad, to avoid visible scratch marks.