Scanpan Cookware, founded in 1956, is manufactured in Denmark by Scanpan Denmark AS and is today the largest European manufacturer of pressure cast aluminum cookware. The then-futuristic recycling concept, which gave the business its initial vision continues to inspire Scanpan today. Scanpan is notably proud that all of their cast aluminum products today are manufactured in recycled aluminum.
INTRODUCING SCANPAN GREEN TEK NONSTICK TECHNOLOGY
In the more recent past, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the leading manufacturer of nonstick compounds to task over excessive emissions of PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid). PFOA has been used as a catalyst in the production of PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), the basic building block for all nonstick cookware surfaces.
PFOA is a chemical that is hard to break down in the environment. It has a half life of 3.8 years, meaning that if there are 4 grams of PFOA in the body today, the body will have 2 grams in it in four years from now, 1 gram in eight years from now and so on. The human metabolism does not remove PFOA. While it is not a carcinogen or toxin and is generally assumed inert and not harmful to your health, it is environmentally unfriendly and just sticks around forever. That is why the EPA and the leading nonstick manufacturer have agreed that by 2010, the amount of PFOA used to produce PTFE compounds need to be cut by 95%, and by 2015 no PFOA could be used, at all.
Towards the end of this process, PFOA is completely extracted via ionization filters. Even if any traces of PFOA were still present by the time the nonstick compound reached the cookware factory, the pan surface curing temperatures would destroy such remnants. The same is true for the old nonstick compound used for SCANPAN Classic and SCANPAN Professional. That's why SCANPAN has always been able to present the finished product as not containing PFOA.
The SCANPAN Solution
SCANPAN Cookware has always been PFOA free, but the negative publicity that PFOA and, by extension, PTFE had received over the last few years, had caused us to work closely with our suppliers to find a substitute for PFOA that is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. We wanted to find a solution now, rather than waiting until 2010 or 2015. We finally got new patents on PFOA-free technology last year and have been producing SCANPAN Classic and SCANPAN Professional with this new process since Spring 2007. With our new GREEN TEK technology, there is no PFOA used at any stage of the entire process, resulting in a "clean and green" nonstick PTFE compound, the production of which no longer uses chemicals that could have a negative impact on the environment.
The performance of the SCANPAN GREEN TEK surface is not different in any way from the performance of our previous surface. And we continue to incorporate our patented ceramic-titanium technology - SCANPAN is safe to use with metal utensils and comes with a Lifetime Warranty.
For the love of good food.
Healthy, well-prepared food is the standard in Danish everyday life, and the food served must be both fresh and homemade. For fast cooking without compromise to modern nutritional advice, excellent kitchenware is necessary. The new professional range of cookware from Scanpan makes it possible to prepare warm food without using oil or other fats. Because of the products' special patented nonstick surface, food doesn't burn and cleanup is a breeze, making cooking a pleasure, even on the busiest days.
About Scanpan® Products
Professional cookware is characterized by clean, simple and functional design and materials the distinctive mark of Scanpan. Providing a sophisticated contrast to this are the cookware's elegant lids made of brushed steel with highly polished details.
Scanpan Classic is the only cookware that combines long-term nonstick ease with dishwasher-safe convenience and Old World craftsmanship. Using a patented process, each pan is pressure-cast of heavy-duty aluminum with an extra-thick base that heats evenly with no hot spots. The nonstick surface is a compound of ceramic and titanium, super-heated and fired onto the pan. Microscopic craters formed during the firing process are filled with the nonstick compound, so it cannot be scraped off and is metal-utensil safe.
Patented spring-lock handles stay cool, and tempered glass lids make it easy to monitor cooking. Specifically engineered for halogen and ceramic cooktops, Scanpan Classic also delivers excellent results on gas and electric coil stovetops and is oven-safe to 500º F.
Scanpan Professional features clean, elegant lines for the most unique cookware design on the market. The stainless steel covers and handles are polished in a two-tone matte-and-mirror finish, setting an exciting visual contrast to the all-black pan body.
Scanpan Professional uses the patented Scanpan technology well established with Scanpan Classic. The pan body is made from a core of solid, squeeze cast aluminum forged into shape with two hundred tons of pressure. The optimum thickness of the pan prevents warping and keeps the pan base perfectly flat, especially important when used with glass top or ceramic ranges.
Scanpan Professional is perfect for both the serious chef and the occasional cook. The professional pan base distributes heat quickly and evenly while retaining heat longer, thus reducing energy use. Hot spots are completely eliminated. The patented nonstick surface is created by firing a ceramic-titanium compound into the pan at 36,000° F and twice the speed of sound. The ceramic-titanium particles briefly liquefy and permanently anchor themselves in the pan. A specially formulated nonstick compound is then embedded in the ceramic-titanium surface. Scanpan Professional is safe to use with metal utensils and comes with a Manufacturer's Warranty.
Scanpan Professional can be used with little or no fat, making the preparation of low-calorie or fat-free dishes easier. The unique, patented surface technology combined with the professional pan base allows for browning, searing and deglazing, features that are not normally found with nonstick cookware. Scanpan Professional offers perfect food release every time and can easily be cleaned with the wipe of a sponge.
Scanpan Professional 18/10 stainless steel covers are available separately and are interchangeable with all other Scanpan cookware of the same diameter and, of course, within the Scanpan Professional assortment.
The cast, 18/10 stainless handles are securely and permanently attached with heavy-duty, stainless steel rivets that are guaranteed not to loosen. The handle design with the sturdy V-connection keeps the handles cool longer. The large grip area allows for easy control and handling of these professional weight pans.
Scanpan Professional is suitable for all cooktops except induction. It allows for higher-heat applications from stovetop stir-frying to oven roasting up to 500° F.
CTX is the world’s first induction-compatible, PFOA-free, nonstick cookware. The brushed 18/10 stainless-steel finish and glass lids create a modern look that marries perfectly with Scanpan’s most durable, 5-layer, stainless-aluminum construction. CTX is safe to use with metal utensils and comes with a Manufacturer's Warranty.
Scanpan CTX is suitable for all cooktops including induction. It allows for higher-heat applications from stovetop stir-frying to oven roasting up to 500° F.
Scanpan Cookware Use and Maintenance
Wash your product in warm soapy water.
Frying with fat: Heat your product to cooking temperature using medium heat then add the fat.
Frying without fat: Heat your product to cooking temperature using medium heat then start to fry.
Wash the product with warm soapy water. It is easiest to clean this product while it is still warm. The product must always be completely clean before it is put away.
Do not use oil from aerosol sprays, as this can impair your product's nonstick coating.
Do not overheat the product as the aluminum is superior in retaining heat and high heat is unnecessary. High heat will reduce the nonstick performance. Overheating will not be covered under warranty. You should not use your Scanpan product to store food.
Burn marks due to overheating or charring of fatty substances can be removed by 3/4 filling the product with water and bringing to a slow boil. Using medium heat, add a dessert spoon of dishwashing liquid, simmer for 15 minutes, rinse and scrub. You can then clean the pan in the normal way.
Some signs of wear and tear may become visible on the coating. This is normal and does not affect its nonstick qualities.
Misuse such as knife cuts and use of electrical equipments is not covered under warranty.
Dishwasher-safe, but not recommended. Can withstand oven heat up to 260°C (500°F).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the benefit of the patented Scanpan nonstick surface technology?
Scanpan Classic, Scanpan Professional and Scanpan Ergonomic feature a patented nonstick surface that is created by firing a ceramic-titanium compound into the pan at 36,000° F and twice the speed of sound. The ceramic-titanium particles become one with the pan at that point. A subsequent application of a specially formulated PTFE provides the nonstick effect. There is no tool in the kitchen that is harder than this surface, which allows using metal spatulas. Scanpan Classic, Professional and Ergonomic come with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
Can I expect to see scratches in the pan when using metal spatulas?
The pan surface over time will look used, including scuff marks from any spatula. This is equally expected and does not interfere with the performance of the pan. We recommend to not actually cut in the pan surface. This would ruin a good knife!
How do I avoid scratches on my glass or ceramic cooktop?
First and foremost - lift the pans before moving them, don't drag them! You should find detailed instructions in the cooktops manual how to maintain that surface.
What does the name Scanpan stand for?
Scanpan is short for Scandinavian Pans. Scanpan Denmark was founded in 1956 in Ryomgaard, in the center of Jutland Province. Old World craftsmanship combined with the latest surface and production technology result in superior cooking equipment for the serious chef and home cook.