Cooking in France is considered a high art. French industrial design has a long tradition and is appreciated by professionals and consumers alike. Together, these factors have resulted in the highest quality cookware and kitchen equipment.
The Tefal-branded non-stick pan is an example of just such a product.
Tefal brand story
More than half a century ago, engineer Marc Gregoire began work on the use of a polymer with a complex name and unique properties. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a strong, chemically inert, heat-resistant plastic. They say that cooks and housewives owe the appearance of a non-stick coating on pans to Gregoire's wife, who asked to find a way to save her from the tedious cleaning of pans from burnt food. PTFE became the basis for the non-stick coating of pans - Teflon, and the first Teflon-coated pans were produced by Tefal.
Subsequently, the company became part of larger manufacturers of kitchen appliances, but its name was preserved, and the Tefal frying pan became a symbol of the high quality of containers for frying, boiling and stewingproducts.
Teflon: more pros than cons
The frying pan made at the Tefal factories quickly became popular among professional cooks and simple housewives. Cooking on it and especially cleaning it after use is much easier than with traditional steel and cast iron products. The Teflon surface makes it possible to do without a large amount of oil during heat treatment, which improves the dietary quality of food. Therefore, almost every kitchen has a Tefal pan. Reviews about her are almost always positive.
Problem for some cooks has become the mandatory use of wooden or plastic spatulas when mixing the ingredients of the dish, for example, when turning pancakes. There were scratches on the protective coating from steel forks and knives, from abrasive sponges and brushes when washing dishes. But if the simplest recommendations were followed, the Teflon pan did not lose its properties and did not deform for a long time.
It turned out that when exposed to very high temperatures, polytetrafluoroethylene can release toxic volatile substances. But it turned out that this only matters for the manufacturing process, because such temperatures are used in the non-stick coating process. During cooking, the chemical composition of the polymer does not change. There are no traces of harmful substances in the ready-made coating from Tefal, the pan is safe for the human body.
New technologies, new materials, new designs
In laboratories and design offices continueswork on new product samples that facilitate work in the kitchen and improve the quality of dishes. Both at home and at restaurants there are not only gas and electric stoves and their various combinations. Hobs and ovens of the induction type have become widespread. Various kitchen appliances require the use of pots, frying pans, wogs of a special type, of a special design, of special materials. For example, the Tefal Talent pan is designed for induction cooktops.
Now on sale you can find products with several types of coatings: Prometal Pro, Titanium, Expert Pro, Intensium, etc. Differing in their composition and application methods, they are safe and durable. All this is the result of many years of development of physicists, chemists, technologists Tefal. The pan can be made of cast iron, steel, aluminum, ceramics. It can have a two-layer bottom, a flat or corrugated surface, a removable ergonomic handle, etc. For different types of heat treatment and the type of finished dish, you can find your own frying pan. Crepe maker - round, with low sides, and rectangular with longitudinal relief ledges - for grilling (baking without oil). Each product, even the simplest in appearance, comes with a description and instructions for using and caring for it.
One of the innovations introduced by Tefal specialists is the Termo-Spot heating indicator.
A patterned disc embedded in the surface of a frying pan changes appearance when heated tooptimum temperature. Usually it is about 180 degrees - ideal conditions for cooking a variety of dishes. Meat, fish, vegetables reach readiness and do not overheat, retaining useful substances. The Tefal frying pan itself signals the optimal temperature regime. Reviews of such a useful feature are consistently good, especially among young housewives.
High tech for comfort in the kitchen
In perestroika times, when large domestic manufacturers lost state orders, mainly military ones, and were forced to think about other types of products, the following phrase was popular: “We used to make helicopters, what do we need to produce frying pans now?” Of course, the analogy is incorrect, but it says a lot. For a long time in our country, neglect of the quality of everyday goods was practiced. The Tefal example shows that in the production of even the most ordinary items, it is necessary to use the most progressive ideas and materials. This is the only way to earn a high reputation and succeed.