Ballarini Cookware has been in business for over 130 years. They are based in Rivarolo, Mantovano and manufacturer their cookware in that village. They offer a wide variety of cookware from aluminum to ceramic cookware. In 2015, they became a part of Zwilling, a German Cutlery manufacturer. Thanks to Zwilling marketing effort, the brand Ballarini have became main stream in America. We will be taking a closer look at Ballarini Parma Skillet and see how it fares to other non stick manufacturer.
Ballarini Parma Cookware Set Quick Summary
|Categories||Ballarini Parma Cookware Set|
|Brand Awareness||Europe and America|
|Country of Manufacturer||Italy|
|Oven Temp Limit||300°F|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Thoughts||A affordable cookware set. Nothing too interesting or special about it. The heat indicator is a nice touch and the made in Italy will wow guest. Other than that, its great value for the money.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Ballarini 10 Piece cookware Set|
Ballarini Parma Cookware Design
The handle is a typical rubber/plastic handle design. It wont transfer heat like metal would so it should stay cool on the stove top. However, because of the plastic design, it is not recommended to put this in the oven over 300°F. There is a divot at the base of the handle for your thumb. This is meant for ergonomic reason but I recommend not doing so, it is too close to the metal clasp.
The metal clasp is also interesting, it has a built in heat gauge. This tells you when the pan is at optimal cooking temperature. It is definetly better than the T-fal center dot design. For those pans, the angle always throws off the color and it never works. It is pretty neat that they integrated this design.
The shape of the cookware is pretty basic. The skillet is your standard french skillet design. No rolled lip in any of their cookware. Most likely done to save manufacturing cost. This will make pouring liquid difficult as it will tend to run on to the side.
At the base of the cookware, they made it extra thick to help in heat retention. It is not a disc bottom cookware but rather integrated into the cookware. By making it thicker, it will not loose its heat when you drop food into the pot or pan. Interesting enough, from what I see all the rim diameter of the pot and pan is smaller than the base. This was probably done to save cost as well.
The lid is a basic glass lid. This lets you peer into the pot to see how the food is cooking. However, once steam builds up, its pretty much useless. I would much rather have a metal non see through lid for durability. Having a metal lid means one less thing to worry about. The handle is also made of plastic, this will prevent it from getting hot during cooking.
Ballarini Cookware Warranty and Non Stick Coating
Ballarini uses a non stick coating called Granitium. It is supposedly titanium reinforced with flecks of ceramic coating. Honestly, I hear some variation of this among different manufacturer. Most likely it is the same thing with different texture. On the Ballarini they make it look like granite. Probably to give it a feeling of durability. However, in my experience, ceramic non stick coating are not durable at all. Its a good thing that the cookware set is affordable. It wouldn’t be that big of a lost if one fails.
Based on their description, they claim that their coating is metal utensil safe. Meaning that you can use a fork when cooking. While I personally dont recommend it. This is great for warranty purpose. The chance of them denying your warranty is lower. Other manufacturer will automatically decline you if you “misuse” it. This at least gives me the confidence that if one fails, I can replace it.
So the terms healthy cookware is probably alluding to the usage of oil. Less oil means more healthy, right? Not really. Fat adds flavor and fat keeps you full for longer. You need some fat when cooking and this fear of fat lead to the whole diabetes epidemic. So really, dont be afraid of fat. Its important if you want to cook great food. Restaurant uses a ungodly amount of butter. What you use at home will be a fraction of that.
Is Ballarini Cookware Safe?
Yes, Ballarini cookware is safe to use. Unless you plan on attacking someone with it.
Is Ballarini Oven Safe?
It is safe up until 300 Degree F. Higher than that, the handle will start melting.
How to clean Ballarini
Cleaning is relatively easy due to its non stick coating. Wash as you would with hot soapy water. The debris and gunk should fall right off. You can even stick the cookware set into the dishwasher.
Ballarini Parma Cookware Thoughts
This is like every other non stick cookware. The only difference is that its made in Italy and it has a indicator handle. The good news is that its really affordable. You can find a full ten set cookware for 200 at amazon. There is nothing too bad or special about it. It hits right at where the general market will want to buy it.
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