Up until now, you could have a colorful pot or a hard-anodized aluminum pot, but not both. Now the Meyer company, makers of Circulon and other cookware, has developed the technology for bonding colorful enamel to hard-anodized cookware. The result, called Circulon Style, is a line of bright red-, blue-, yellow-, and black-coated pots and pans that also offer even heat distribution and the trademark ridged Circulon nonstick interior. I love the color and the solid construction of the pots and pans; I only wish the color coating could have been extended all the way around the bottom of the pan. Unfortunately, Meyer was unable to do that, because while the enamel will stay permanently bonded to the anodized aluminum, it could still scratch if it comes into contact with a metal cooking grate. And, while I like to have one nonstick skillet, I’d love to have these pots in a stainless interior, too.
Circulon Style has another unique feature that I hope the company will consider extending to its other lines: an ingenious stay-cool handle on the pot lids. The S-shaped handle is tapered in thickness, so heat gradually dissipates before it can reach your hand. This really works: I cooked a steamy pot of pasta sauce, left the lid on for a good bit, and found the handle cool to the touch.
The new line of cookware includes saucepans, skillets, covered sauté pans, and a fondue set. The 12-inch, 5-quart covered sauté pans pictured here are $129 each; an eight-piece set of Circulon Style is $299. Circulon Style is available in major department stores like Macy’s, Hecht’s, Rich’s, Dayton’s, and Marshall Fields, as well as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Linens’n Things. For more information, visit www.circulon.com or call 800-326-3933.