Looking to add new cookware? Many of the
latest introductions in the category show off
what is probably one of the more dominant
themes of modern life. Yes, even cookware
Multifunction signals value to the consumer,
said Rosa Ziebell, vice president of marketing
for Meyer Corp. Both Meyer brands Anolon
and Circulon recently introduced universal
steamers that fit multiple saucepan sizes.
“Consumers continue to look for more value
in cookware and appreciate the dual purpose
of an item that can save them both time and
space in the kitchen. One steamer that fits
perfectly in three different-sized pans goes
along with the trend toward streamlining
kitchen setup and design,” said Ziebell.
Concept Plus from Woll Cookware, winner of
the IHA 2013 Innovation Award, also shows
off its multiple uses. The cookware features a
cover that can strike three different positions:
a regular cover, standing upright for drip-free
resting, or raised for easy draining and pouring. A collapsible silicone insert is integrated
into the handle for use as a trivet, splash
guard, steamer, pasta basket or colander.
If multitasking is a way of saving time, then
not having to scrub pots after meals also
qualifies as a modern timesaver. Calphalon,
a bridal registry favorite, recently added
a proprietary dishwasher-safe
construction to its Contemporary
Nonstick Cookware line, which comes
with a lifetime warranty.
In other cookware news, it’s all about the
burn, or lack thereof. For the first time,
“Oven Safe” will appear on Swiss Diamond
packaging and sales materials for its nonstick
cookware. While it wasn’t previously publicized,
the handles, made of thermoplastic resin, have
always been oven-safe up to 500 F.
And in Brick, N.J., an inventor has come up with
what could be another major timesaver: a no-burn
– and get this – no-stir stock pot. Paul Scioscio,
CEO of Pauli Cookware, said the sticking and burning on the bottom of traditional stock pots was the
inspiration for his Pauli Pot Stock Pot.
“After burning sauce many times, I figured there’s
got to be a better way to make and simmer without burning sauces, stews, chili and chowders
with well-designed cookware,” said Scioscio.
Over two years of research, development and
testing went into the cookware, which has a
thick, 1. 2 millimeter outer layer of stainless
steel. Inside, seven alternating layers of steel
and aluminum encase a hermetically sealed
layer of silicone oil that provides an even
cooking temperature. While a no-burn and
no-stir pot sounds almost too good to be
true, so did many modern conveniences
we now take for granted.