The LTD series by All-Clad has a black hard-anodized aluminum exterior, but still features the same three ply bonded construction and aluminum core for superior and even distribution of heat. Two interior layers are formed of 18/10 stainless steel bonded to scratch resistant Whitford Excalibur nonstick. The cooking surface is easy to clean and won't react with foods. The handles are solid cast stainless steel affixed by high yield strength rivets for permanent security. This bonded cookware is made in the USA.
All-Clad has a proprietary hard-anodizing process that yields an outer surface which is permanent and extremely durable. Its deep black color is a result of the process, which absorbs light instead of being produced by a superficial pigment. This outer surface should not scratch, peel, or chip. The exterior is also stain resistant and food should not stick to it. This pan is hand wash recommended, not for the dishwasher. Cleaning instructions and tips on keeping your pans at their best are included on the All-Clad website.
The interior is metal utensil safe. It allows you to cook with small amounts of oil for healthier results. The height of the sides help keep the food in the pan as you work. The LTD collection is for the professional chef or for gourmet home cooks. All-Clad cookware has a lifetime warranty. Customers love All-Clad pans, which live up to their claims. A quality pan which yields results you'll see and taste.
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