I don’t know about you, but The One and I don’t go around willy-nilly buying cookware. In fact, the last time we were proud Pot Heads was in 1994, when we were setting up our NYC and Barryville, NY, kitchens. This was in the days of 9.6K dialup modems and no e-commerce, so we had to spend weekends scouring just about every retail and kitchenware store, flea market, and tag sale in the tri-state area. Finally, we settled on two sets. And, except for the skillet that I used as a sledgehammer one night, we still have them.
So why did we buy a brand-spanking-new set from the eco-friendly company Abbio? Two reasons. First, cookware technology has changed in the past 25 years. But more importantly, we grew tired of the junkyard’s worth of non-nonstick skillets we’d accumulated over the years when food eventually stuck to them. Or because the not-really-environmentally-kind coatings flaked off into food. Or the pans warped. (Yes, indeedy, one actually warped.)
Abbio’s nonstick skillets, like all their products, are induction ready and tri-ply–that means an aluminum core is sandwiched between two heavy-duty stainless-steel layers offering superb even heating, even at the lowest temperatures. Also, the nonstick skillets are completely PFOA-free, so no nasty chemicals were used in their production and none will ever leach into your dinner. If that weren’t enough, the surface is textured for extra scratch resistance.
How well do they work? Well, I melted cheese in the large nonstick pan for a recipe I was testing. When it was liquid, I tilted the skillet, and the cheese flowed lava-like into a bowl. For giggles, I let a bit stay in the pan and, basically, intentionally burned it. All I had to do was wipe the surface with a paper towel. Bada bing, bada boom! For the past few months, I’ve been putting all their pots and pans, nonstick and regular, through their paces. And they’ve passed with flying colors.
This cookware will set you up for life, whether you’re a novice or an experienced professional ready to upgrade to a lifetime of quality.
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Abbio cookware can be purchased individually on its website (starting at $67). The 8-piece set (11- and 8-inch nonstick skillets, a 10-inch sauté pan with lid, a 9 1/2-inch stockpot with lid, and a 7-inch saucepan with lid) runs a damn fine $287.