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Out of Illa's department of Research and Development comes Ollia-Tech, Illa's range of vegetable oil based coatings. Up until now, before using any new utensils, common procedure was to coat the inside with olive oil using a cotton ball. Today, thanks to the special Ollia-Tech coating, this routine is no longer necessary!
Ollia-Tech, The innovative coating collection developed by Illa has been applied to Olivilla, the first pan with an olive oil coating.
The coating is composed of three layers. The bottom layer is formed with 4% olive oil and 96% PTFE and water (that works as an organic solvent), so this extraordinary product contains no chemical solvents.
Laboratory tests have shown that the olive oil coating performs better than the best non-stick coatings on the market as it contains the most natural non-stick: olive oil.
Olive oil is added during the final phase of the production process. During sintering, the olive oil tends to rise and position itself in the upper part of the coating. In this way, a thin protective film is formed which greatly increases the non-stick properties of the coating.
The special olive oil coating is the ideal solution for any consumer who has a healthy diet alongside a healthy and ecological lifestyle as it guarantees the possibility to cook without using any fat. It also suits any consumer who cares about the environments as it is created using elements present in nature.
Yes, absolutely. Ollia-tech coating contains a mix of oil and water (which enhances the function of organic solvent).
To fix the coating, the pan is placed in an oven at around 400°C so that any possible smoke can be absorbed and filtered (the smoking point of oil is 210°C). Tests have shown that no smoke will be released during home use (click here to see the results).
When cooking food at home, the temperature does not ever exceed 180°C-200°C. If the temperature goes above 230°C as liquid evaporates or food burns, coating will start to deteriorate and the pan should be replaced; this apply to all kind of non-stick pans. For this reason, it is recommended that pans should never be left empty on heat.
Unlike other pans, needing pre-treatment with a cotton ball soaked with olive oil, Ollia-tech coating cookware does not require this operation as its interior already contains the necessary percentage of oil to saturate the pores of the PTFE. This makes the cooking instruments even more non-stick.
With Ollia-tech coating, it is possible to cook without oil or any added fats thanks to the exceptional non-stick and the percentage of oil inside it.
They are both very different products with different characteristics. The stone-effect pan, thanks to the mineral particles in the coating, is more scratch resistant whereas the pan with Ollia-tech coating is more non-stick.
With Ollia-tech coating, as with all normal non-sticks, it is recommended to use spatulas and spoons made from silicone, plastic or wood as not to ruin the coating.
To clean Ollia-tech cookware, let it cool before washing it. We suggest to clean it by hands, but all products are also dishwasher safe. In any case, it is recommended not to use abrasive or aggressive chemical products for cleaning. Use a soft sponge with a small amount of washing-up liquid. In the event that food burns inside the pan, fill it with warm water and after a few hours proceed to clean it.
Ollia-tech coating was conceived and is produced in Italy, in Noceto’s plant, near Parma, where Illa Spa has its headquarters. For over 70 years Illa has produced non-stick aluminium cookware that is strictly Made in Italy.
Using scratched pots and pans does not carry health risks for the consumer. A replacement is however advised simply to ensure the function of the non-stick. In the event that particles of the non-stick coating are accidently ingested, there is no danger: the particles are inert, not toxic and are eliminated directly by the organism without being absorbed.