Alongside the Wright brothers’ first flight and Henry Ford’s automobile, in 1903 WearEver introduced aluminum cookware. This new metal changed American kitchens because it conducted and retained heat well, did not rust, was much lighter than cast iron, and seemed to last forever. For over 100 years the WearEver brand has continuously advanced and upgraded its basic aluminum cookware.
The most recent advance is the Pure Living line which we had the opportunity to test. This line of cookware is beautiful, works well in the kitchen, is easy to clean, and sells for a very affordable price. The 10-piece set which we tried retails for $79.99 – a 5 quart Dutch oven with lid, a 3 quart sauce pan with lid, 10 inch skillet with lid, 10 and 8 inch fry pans, and a nylon spoon and spatula. Smaller sets and fry pans are also available.
The set is available with red or champagne exteriors and ceramic coated white interiors, an alternative to traditional dark, non-stick coatings. The white coating does not stain or scratch and can be used with metal utensils. The cookware is oven safe to 750 o F and dishwasher safe.
We found both the pots and frying pans performed well under numerous kitchen uses. Esthetically the white interiors were appealing and none of the cookware had hot spots when heated. We liked the glass lids to see inside during cooking.
This cookware is an economical addition to an already well-stocked kitchen or a nice starter set for someone setting up their first kitchen.
On a personal note: We both live in the area of the country that was hit by hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. Power was out for the better part of a week. Our plumber suggested keeping a large pot of simmering water on the gas stove to throw warm, moist air into the kitchen. This worked remarkably well to take the chill out of the room. I used the 5 quart WearEver Dutch oven. The pot was heated continuously for 10 to 14 hours for 7 days. Neither the outside champagne color nor the interior white coating discolored or showed any wear after this extended test of durability.