Getting a set of cookware that will outlast you is one of those signs you've truly grown up. It used to be easy to find durable materials that also cook well, but these days it can be hard to tell what's quality and what brands are coasting by on a recognizable name.
Well, there's at least one brand that's building their name the right way: After gaining attention from home chefs with their precision kitchen knives, Ausker has branched out into cookware - and so far, the results look just as solid.
Their pots and pans come with a series of tiny innovations, but the main draw is in the material. All Ausker cookware is made from a core of die-cast aluminum. Thanks to that alloy, heat spreads quickly and evenly over the surface, giving you a consistent cooking experience every time on electric, gas or induction stoves. Over that, there are a full five layers of the Swiss compound Granitec. Not only is Granitec corrosion-resistant, environmentally friendly and free of PFOAs, but it's also a reliable nonstick surface. It also has durability in spades, able to withstand abrasion by Scotch-Brite pads, steel balls and ballpoint pens in a battery of tests.
Here are a few highlights from their line:
This perfect breakfast pan is a dream to use, and even easier to store, thanks to the removable bakelite handle. Need to pour sauces or bleed off excess grease? The twin spouts on either side are a welcome touch. Normally priced at $59.99, the Ausker Grill Pan is on sale now for $47.99.
These pans sport the same aluminum alloy construction and nonstick coating, plus the removable handles that are a hallmark of the brand. With the handles off, they're not only easy to store but safe for oven use. Pick up a 2-piece set of Ausker Frying Pans for $71.99, a full 20% off the MSRP.
These Ausker pots are also oven-safe, with silicone handle guards that slip off for easy cleaning. The lids come two different strainers - one for water draining and one for steam release. As a final touch, the channel in the lid handle is specially designed to serve as a spoon holder. No more messy countertops. The Ausker Non-Stick 3-Pot Set is also 20% off, priced at $135.99.