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PRODUCT: Zwilling Aurora ~ Dreamy New Cookware

If you appreciate great cookware, you may wish to treat yourself to a set for Christmas; specifically, the new Aurora cookware from Zwilling J.A. Henckels.

This is sexy cookware for a serious cook. First, the looks: a gleaming satin finish 18/10 magnetic stainless steel exterior, mirror finished, with gently curved sides.

But more important is the beauty of the engineering.

  • The weight is distributed in a balanced manner so that even the largest piece does not feel heavy.
  • The ergonomic handles are attached to the base via a wishbone-shaped extension. This enables the handles to stay cool, as heat from the base dissipates between the space in the wishbone. This is a real plus—no more hot handles or potholders!
  • The rims are rolled for dripless pouring.
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    The Sigma Clad five-ply construction both guarantees even heat distribution and makes the cookware stove top-flexible. Three aluminum layers are sandwiched between two stainless steel outer layers, making Aurora compatible with induction stove tops.

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    Made in Belgium with great looks and even greater performance. Photo courtesy Zwilling J.A. Henckels.
     
    As I am sure that in less than a decade nearly all cooking will be done on such surfaces, this cookware set is already compatible with the future.

    USING THE COOKWARE

    Although the recommendation from the manufacturer is not to use high heat (if possible), I had no problems using the skillet to sauté the skin side chicken breast at high heat with little more than a light coating of oil.

    On another occasion, I left the oil in a pan heating for too long and a distinct brown stain appeared. It did take some elbow grease to clean afterwards but it was restored to its original pristine condition.

    The only issue for some people desirous of Zwilling’s Aurora cookware set is the price. But you do get what you pay for. For serious cooks and for others willing to take care of their set, the longevity of these pieces will cancel out the cost in the long run. I expect to get full use out of this set for the next 12-15 years. (There’s a lifetime warranty.)

    At CutleryAndMore.com, the price is:

  • 7-Piece Set $599.95 (list $974)
  • 10-Piece Set $799.95 (list $1,414)
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    The 10-piece set includes a 9.5-inch stainless steel skillet, 11-inch stainless steel skillet, 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saute pan with lid and 8-quart stock pot with lid. (If you’re new to buying cookware, lids are counted as separate pieces.)

    To dip a toe in the water, you can buy an individual piece. The 9½-inch skillet is the lowest priced, at $79.95 (list $138).

    Aurora is the Latin word for sunrise, and Roman goddess of dawn. It’s the sunrise of a terrific line of cookware that we can’t recommend highly enough.

    For more information visit ZwillingOnline.com.
    —Kris Prasad

      




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