Look in almost every kitchen and you’ll find at least one non-stick pan, often with a scratches on it. Because this cookware “wears out”, it needs replacing every few years. What if you could break this cycle and could use the same top quality cookware for years, without worrying about scratches that caused toxic chemicals leaching into your food?
This isn’t a fantasy. Americraft’s 360 Cookware could be the last cookware you’ll ever buy.
I’ve been using this remarkable product line for well over a year. Having gotten rid of the traditional non-stick pans, this is what I use almost exclusively for cooking. After trying 360 Cookware, I’m definitely not going back!
This cookware’s different in many ways. Fashioned with five layers of surgical stainless steel, it utilizes Vapor technology to heat food evenly. This multi-ply construction cooks using the food’s natural moisture instead of having to add water that boils all the nutrients and good stuff out of the food, says Ms. Jamie Robinson, Americraft’s Marketing Director.
This technology, which has been around since the early 1900’s, was developed by West Bend, the kitchenware manufacturer that used it successfully with aluminum cookware. When sold to a competitor in 2003, the company was disbanded. But in 2004, Americraft’s founders built their own plant in Wisconsin (site of the original company) and hired former West Bend employees to help continue the tradition of producing quality innovative cookware.
They were able to update the technology, said Robinson, while having the cookware do what it did in the 1940’s.
Management is passionate about nutritional health, the environment, and supporting the U.S. economy.
“We were Green and American Made long before both topics were cool,” says Bryan Hurley, Americraft’s President and Owner.
Americraft’s green practices are evident. The company is powered by 100% renewable energy. They use eco-friendly packaging. They’re members of the Green Business Network of Green America, members of the U.S. Green Building Council, and their factory was designed with the environment in mind. But some of the greenest features involve how you use the cookware itself.
I love that you cook on low to medium heat, with little to no added liquid. As the video on their website demonstrates, you heat the pan for a few minutes without liquid, then add your ingredients and cover. When it begins to steam, twirl the lid to lock it, then turn the heat down or off, depending on how much is in the pan. Three to four minutes later you’re done. From prep work to finish can be twenty minutes! I quickly saw energy savings in my utility bills.
This cookware is made to last. Because there are no coatings used in this cookware, even if you scratch the pan, it won’t destroy it like it would traditional non-stick pans.
The company is proud of its small carbon footprint, says Robinson. Water that comes out of their plant is cleaner then when it came into it and there’s no smoke belching out from their facility.
360 has cookware for just about everything you need.
Along with fry, sauté and casserole pans, they’ve recently introduced a new line of bakeware based on the same energy-saving technology. These include a loaf pan, a small cookie sheet that goes into an average toaster oven, a jelly role pan, a large pie pan and a cake pan.
And there are some great recipes on the website – from some great vegetarian fare to more traditional meals.
But, says Robinson, don’t be intimidated by the cookware!
You don’t have to use the vapor process. You can still fill the pan with oil and fry chicken if you want. But the conductivity is so good, you’ll burn everything if you don’t turn the temp down to medium, she said.
This isn’t inexpensive stuff. But when you factor the cost of replacing everything every three to five years, and the time and energy savings, it’s a sound investment.
Until the end of March, Americraft is offering readers a special introductory discount of 20 percent on 360 Cookware. To take advantage of this, go to 360cookware and use the code “Atlas”.
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