Questions and Answers

  • Is it danger to use aluminium cookware?
    Aluminum cookware is harmless and absolutely safe! Ingestion of aluminum particles is minimal. In 1998, the World Health Organization made a report that aluminum does not pose a danger to humans and is not a carcinogenic metal and cannot cause cancer cells. This was the point put in the discussion about the dangers of aluminum cookware.
    Non-stick cookware prevents aluminum from entering food.For example, tea contains 200 times more aluminum than the water in which it is brewed. Other sources of aluminum entering the body: water, air, medicines, dishes, deodorants. 5-8% comes from the water.
    Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have set the Tolerable Daily Intake (TSD) of aluminum at 1 mg / kg body weight. Inorganic aluminum is poorly absorbed by the body and most of it is excreted in the urine. A person without harm to health can eat up to 20-30 mg of this metal per day. For comparison, a portion of sour cabbage soup stored in an aluminum bowl for a week absorbs about 3 mg of aluminum.

    Is the non-stick coating safe?
    The non-stick coating GREBLON of our cookware is made on the basis of water-based polytetrafluoroethylene. Therefore, when heated, there is no release of harmful substances - organic solvents, including perfluorooctanoic acid.
    Due to its biological compatibility with the human body, polytetrafluoroethylene is successfully used for the manufacture of implants for cardiovascular and general surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology. It is considered the most suitable material for the production of artificial blood vessels and heart stimulants. The polymer itself is very stable and inert under normal conditions.
    Polytetrafluoroethylene does not react with food, water or household chemicals. The World Health Organization has confirmed that when consumed with food up to 25% of polytetrafluoroethylene, it has no effect.
    The release of harmful substances by polytetrafluoroethylene begins at temperatures above 450 ° C. Therefore, cookware with non-stick coatings is considered safe, as it is impossible to reach this temperature during normal use.

    Why are the dishes so heavy?
    The dishes are made by manual chill casting. The thickened walls and bottom allow to achieve uniform heating of the entire pan, deformation of the dishes during heating is excluded and, therefore, peeling of the non-stick coating if the instructions are followed, without overheating the dishes above 230 ° C. Cookware retains heat for a long time, which allows you to cook at low heat and save energy.

    Cast and stamped aluminum cookware: what's the difference?
    Stamped utensils are made by bending sheets of aluminum with a thickness of 1.5 to 2.5 mm and shaping the bodies of products of simple geometric shapes from them using special dies. With the technology, the cost of each product is low, and the dishes are light and thin. Cold formed metal is damaged at the molecular level, so stamped ware can easily deform under the influence of heat and mechanical shock.
    The service life of stamped pans largely depends on the thickness of the metal sheet. The thinner the walls, the more it is subject to deformation. Such pans are always cheap and do not last very long due to deformation of the bottom and overheating of the coating. Such dishes are recommended only for heating food and for use on gas stoves, because on other types of slabs, it deforms quickly.
    Cast aluminum half is more expensive, but it also lasts many times longer! VICTORIA cookware is made of high quality food grade aluminum by pouring it into a pre-made mold - a chill mold. The main difference from stamping is that there is no deformation of the metal structure. Therefore, aluminum does not lose its heat-conducting or deformation-resistant properties. And the walls thickened up to 3-4 mm and the bottom of the dishes up to 5-6 mm contribute to an even distribution of heat during cooking and reduce the likelihood of burning or sticking.The difference between cast and stamped cookware is also in the technology of applying a non-stick coating. On stamped utensils, a non-stick layer is applied by rolling the coating onto aluminum blanks - flat metal discs. When the product is formed, the integrity of the non-stick coating at the molecular level is also violated, so the dishes quickly lose their non-stick properties.
    On VICTORIA cast utensils, non-stick coatings are applied by spraying a liquid non-stick composition onto an already formed body with a spray gun, followed by drying and sintering. Before application, cast products undergo a special surface treatment for better adhesion of the coating to the body. The coating is evenly applied to the body of the product, the thickness of the coating is much higher due to technological features, so the dishes retain their non-stick properties for a long time.

    Can the cookware be used if the coating is scratched?
    Can be used as before. VICTORIA cookware is based on food grade aluminum alloy. Non-stick coatings are made of water-based polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It is inert and does not react chemically when in contact with food, water and detergents. The non-stick coating is free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
    Scratches and scuffs only slightly impair the non-stick properties of the cookware. In most cases, wear and tear on non-stick cookware is due to overheating, mechanical damage and washing with abrasive products.

    What is the advantage about bakelite handles?
    The peculiarity of bakelite handles is their increased strength, the ability to withstand high temperatures and not heat up. Bakelite is a unique type of modern plastic. Its rough surface prevents your hands from sliding off the handles and allows you to securely hold the dishes in any position. In addition, the soft touch handles are pleasant to the touch.
    Bakelite handles can withstand temperatures up to 180 ° C. Therefore, dishes with such handles are not used in the oven or over an open fire. They will not burn, but an unpleasant smell of burnt plastic will appear in the air, and the surface of the handles will forever become rough. When very hot, the handles can lose their shape.