You deserve the best items life has on offer, and so does your kitchen. Nonstick pans offers the some of the finest cooking surfaces. In recent years, through research and development, nonstick technologies continue to advance from PTFE to Cast iron, and to ceramic nonsticks.
Of the nonstick cookware, ceramics represents a new entrant, looking to cash in on the misplaced beliefs on PTFE coated nonstick cookware. One of these ceramics is Granitium nonstick pans. The coating is resistant to scratching and can withstand relatively high temperatures.
Ceramic nonstick cookware are made from fire hardened clay, such as Granitium. Usually, the coating is on another metallic cooking exterior. For example, the j.a henckels international 3-piece Capri Granitium nonstick fry pans are made from aluminum coated with Granitium ceramic. We will share everything you may want to know about this new nonstick pans causing waves in the cookware industry.
J.A. Henckels International 3-Piece Capri Granitium Nonstick Fry Pans Overview
J.A Henckels International has a knack for manufacturing some of the finest cookware, inspired by the lavish Italian Cuisines. The cookware is one of the most advanced aluminum cookware products in the market. Made from 99.9% pure aluminum and the rest ceramic coating, it adds sophistication and quality to your kitchen.
A thick aluminum construction evenly spreads heat form a stovetops, helping in eliminating hot and cold spots. Consequently, you achieve better browning results on your food. The ceramic coating is nonstick without using PFOA emitting materials at high heat. As a result, the surface is extremely resistant to scratching, even when using metallic utensils.
What’s more, the ceramic coating is fused onto the aluminum such that it neither peels nor blisters with time. The cookware can also be used in dishwashers.
- Ceramic Reinforced Nonstick Cooking Surface
When talking about ceramic coated cookware, we refer to a metallic cookware, with a layer of ceramic coating. The most commonly used metal is hard anodized aluminum, due to its exceptional heat distribution. Typically, the coating is from an inorganic mineral, mostly comprising of oxygen and silicone primarily.
Inorganic mineral means the absence of carbon in the formation structure of the mineral. It is this particular use of inorganic minerals that has been as strong point of ceramic coated cookware. The materials are free of any chemicals containing PTFE or PFOA. Emission of these toxins at high temperatures have been linked with a variant of health related problems when inhaled.
But how is a sand containing clay applied to the cookware? Well, the process is a simple one, using the Sol-gel process. The inorganic clay is first heated to a gel, that’s then applied onto any metallic structure. There are two methods of applying the solution-gel combinations. It could be either sprayed onto the surface or the item is dipped into the mineral gel.
After the application, the coating is hardened through the application of heat. The curing process adheres the ceramic onto the metallic surface when fired up. Because of the high heat involved in the curing process, these cookware can withstand high temperature cooking, unlike PTFE coated nonstick pans.
The pans can be heated to temperatures of up to 4500C without emitting any toxic fumes. What this means is that the cookware can be safely used in the same space with your bird pets, who are often affected by PTFE fumes.
- Cold Forged Aluminum Exterior
By using compressive forces, metals can be shaped into an array of intricate shapes. This manufacturing process is referred to as forging. Out of structural alloys and metals, aluminum and its alloys are some of the most readily forged into various shapes. One of the reasons for the ease of forging is the ductility of aluminum when sufficiently heated to the temperature of the work pieces.
Moreover, aluminum does not develop scale when heated, meaning smooth surfaces can be produced. Lastly, aluminum requires low cold-forging temperatures. Most importantly, cold forging is done at room temperature, cutting down on the production time, while retaining the same metallic properties.
For this reason, all the three frying pans in the j.a henckels international 3-piece Capri Granitium nonstick fry pans have excellent heat distribution characteristics. One of the reasons why aluminum cookware are popular is this same characteristics. They get hot quickly, hastening the cooking process.
This feature is great, when you want to be in and out of the kitchen within no time. Well, it is double edged, as food might get burnet with ease before you master the art of cooking with aluminum cookware.
- Excellent Nonstick Properties
The natural nonstick properties of ceramic coatings rival those of PTFE coated pans. Their ceramic coating is durable, abrasion resistant, and does not corrode. However, it is the durability of this coating that is often questionable. Whereas the manufacturers claim the durability is the same as Teflon, user experiences differ.
There are those who have great experiences, while some note that within a year or so, the nonstick properties fade. However, this may be due to improper care and caution routine while using the pans. Also, pans with a triple ceramic layer lasts longer than one with either 1 or 2 layers. Fortunately, the J.A nonstick pans feature the triple coating, hence impressive longevity.
- Stay-Cool Handles
As mentioned, aluminum cookware gets hot fast, throughout the surface of the pans. Hence, without a proper way of handling the cookware when on stovetops, then you would be in for a long day in the kitchen.
These cookware feature elongate stay cool handles for safe handling of a hot frying pan. At the same time, the ergonomic handles requires minimal effort to handle. They don’t press too much on your hands even under prolonged use.
The durable 3 layer ceramic coating on the J.A Henckels frying pan makes them an ideal choice for those of you looking for a long lasting nonstick pan. These pans can withstand oven temperatures of up to 5000F. with three pan sizes on offer, (8”, 10”, and 12”) this set has everything you need for preparing fish, salmon, burgers, and eggs. Moreover, flares rims do not drip sauces during food transfer, while the V-shaped stay cool handles give the fry-fecta a cool handling option.