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How can I prevent sticking when cooking on stainless steel?

A preheated pan and lower flames are the key to stick-free stainless steel cooking. Preheat your pan on low or medium heat for one to two minutes. Tap the upper edge of your pan to test the heat. (If it is too hot, remove from the burner for a couple of minutes.) Pour 2-3 teaspoons of cold oil in your preheated pan-or enough to cover the bottom of the cooking surface. Add food, making sure that there is an even sizzling sound when your food touches the pan. This indicates that your food is cooking on contact and creating a natural barrier to prevent sticking. Allow food to cook without disturbing it until the correct doneness is achieved. The natural sugars in your food caramelize on the cooked surface, developing great flavours and lifting your food off of the cooking surface naturally. If the sound that food makes on initial contact with the pan is more of a crackle than a sizzle, your heat is too high and sticking may occur. Lagostina recommends low to medium heat for frying, braising, sautéing and simmering because Lagostina cookware is crafted to hold heat

What is your ceramic made of and how does it differ from traditional nonstick?

Lagostina’s Meteorite ceramic uses a process called sol-gel technology to create a durable coating made of mineral particles that is more resistant to abrasion and high temperatures than traditional nonstick (PTFE) coatings. Lagostina’s ceramic nonstick coatings are free of harmful PFOA gases, lead, and cadmium.

If the ceramic nonstick cookware is accidentally overheated, will this release dangerous fumes?

Any cookware heated to too high a temperature will cause smoke to be released. However, the smoke from nonstick cookware does not involve any risk for humans or pets, with the exception of birds. Birds have a particularly fragile respiratory system and are sensitive to smoke in general. Therefore it is recommended to never overheat your cookware.

Is ceramic nonstick safe?

Lagostina’s ceramic nonstick surfaces are free of harmful PFOA gases, lead, and cadmium. The quality of our cookware eliminates hot spots that can damage ceramic nonstick and cause the surface to burn and flake off. When used responsibly, ceramic nonstick cookware poses no threat to people or animals and can be useful in creating a healthy and well-balanced diet. To prevent damaging the surfaces of your ceramic nonstick pans:
Always cook on a low or low-medium heat.
Never use a ceramic nonstick pan under a grill.
Never leave any pan unattended on top of the stove or in the oven.
Do not use sharp metal utensils.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or metallic scrubbing pads or brushes.
Do not use aerosol spray oils on your nonstick cookware.
Clean any cooking residue with a mixture of baking soda and water.

What is the stainless cooking surface on Lagostina cookware made of?

The cooking surface of stainless steel Lagostina cookware is made from high-quality 18/10 stainless steel. The 18/10 refers to the composition of the stainless steel with respect to the chromium and nickel content. The higher nickel content in 18/10 stainless is preferable because it resists rust and corrosion.

Will Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper cookware tarnish over time?

Yes, your Martellata Hammered Copper cookware will naturally darken with patina over time. Based on your preference, you may choose to either maintain the patina or restore the shiny polish on your pan's exterior. Neither will affect your pan's performance.

To clean and restore the pan’s shiny appearance, use a commercial cream copper cleanser, like Wright’s Copper Cream, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply with a clean, wet cloth or sponge, rubbing in a circular motion. Then, rinse in warm water, and dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.

To clean and maintain the patina, wash the pan in warm, soapy water with a soft cloth or sponge. Then, rinse in warm water, and dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.

DO NOT use a powder cleanser, bleach, oven cleaners, steel wool, steel scouring pads, nylon pads, harsh detergents or detergents containing chlorine bleach to clean your pan’s exterior. Because copper is a soft metal, these could damage the pan’s appearance.

How do I clean my Lagostina Copper cookware?

 

Is a scratched ceramic non-stick pan a health hazard?

A scratched pan is not dangerous, but you'll want to replace any scratched pans since food will tend to stick to the scratched areas. Scratches in the ceramic non-stick coating exposes food to contact with the underlying metal and the food will tend to stick to the metal. The ceramic nonstick coating in Lagostina products Lagostina is free of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), lead and cadmium and is harmless.

Is Lagostina cookware oven-safe?

Yes. All of the Lagostina collections are oven safe.  Please note specifcs for each line below.
Martellata Hammered Stainless, Martellata Hammered Copper, and Axia 3-Ply Stainless, and Axia 3-ply Stainless with Ceramic cookware are oven-safe up to 500°F/ 260°C.

Linea Patrimonio/Heritage cookware is oven-safe up to 425°F/ 218°C; however, cookware lids with wood accents (Risotto Pot & Minestrone Pot) are not oven-safe.

Bianca Ceramic cookware is oven-safe up to 425°F/ 218°C.

Does Lagostina cookware contain PFOA?

No. LAGOSTINA cookware does not Contain PFOA. This is regularly checked by independent laboratories, which verify the absence of PFOA in finished products. Since 2003, tests have been regularly performed by independent and have systematically proved the absence of PFOA in Lagostina products.