The Lotus Plant is a symbol of purity in many Asian religions due to its supreme self-cleaning ability. Although the surface of the plant looks smooth it is in fact very rough and is covered in micro-lumps and bumps of protruding epidermal cells, which in turn are covered by wax crystals. These wax crystals are hydrophobic (water hating), this means that the water only makes contact with the leaf at the top of the lumps. This forces the water into spherical droplets (as the picture below shows). Even at a slight angle these droplets roll and tumble taking dirt particles along with it, this self-cleaning process is called the Lotus Effect.
Using the same technique Lotus Rock has developed its own patented coating technology, which can be applied on cookware and bake ware surfaces. Sauces or other liquids that are added during the cooking process cannot permeate the lotus leaf-like surface. A thin layer of silicone-oxide acts like the wax crystals above and excludes these substances from entering the surface of the cookware. This self-cleaning ability (the Lotus Effect) helps the consumer clean their cookware both more easily and effectively.
Additionally, the thin layer of silicon-oxide crystal, which rests upon the hard ceramic surface, has a second quality: it is not just hydrophobic (water hating), it is also lipophilic, which means it is permeable to cooking oil. At the beginning of the cooking process the consumer must add cooking oil which then infiltrates the surface of the cookware. This means that in contrast to water, which sits above the wax crystals, the cooking oil is able to rest alongside, and in between the crystals. Always adding oil before cooking creates a physical non-stick surface, perfect for a high-quality cooking experience.
Another advantage of Lotus Rock is that it is extremely tough and durable. This is primarily due to two reasons:
1) Lotus Rock’s surface is a specially configured design which has very high heat resistance. Most general non-stick cookware, which is organic-bonded, can easily break under a high temperature. This can, consequently, create a harmful chemical smoke which is bad on environmental and health grounds. In contrast the Lotus Rock silicon-oxide coating is made up of inorganic substances: it is in the form of a thin crystal, which has no traces of carbon within it. Conversely, the type of ceramic material that the silicon-oxide coating rests on can resist temperatures of up to 350 degrees centigrade, which is particularly advantageous for frequent, intensive cooking.
2) The layer of silicon-oxide crystal that rests on top of it is extremely thin. Even with modern day utensils humans are not able to peel off the material. This makes the surface between the silicon-oxide crystal and ceramic very compact and difficult to scratch. Furthermore, it means that, unlike most cookware, the Lotus Rock is metal utensil safe, making it very convenient to use in a busy kitchen.
Because of its high heat resistance, self-cleaning ability and supreme hardness, Lotus Rock is a product that can be used happily for many years.
Lotus Rock is a strong, long life and environmentally friendly product.
Why is Lotus Rock an environmentally friendly product?
- It is PTFE/PFOA free! It never produces TFA (Trifluoracetic acid), which is harmful to people’s health and to the climate.
- The carbon steel is made with a heavy gauge, giving it a strong construction for long term use.
- Quick heat absorption and good energy retention; saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
- Natural easy clean construction made without PTFE & PFOA.
- High heat resistance, no chemical smoke or smell during the cooking process.
- Rock-hard quality means it is metal utensil safe, allowing frequent usage.
- Environmentally friendly, has efficient energy use.
- Non-reactive surface for hassle-free cooking.
- Quick heat absorption creates an amazing cooking result; retains high vitamin content and maintains a delicious taste.
- Good energy retention and efficient heat distribution
- Magnetic material is compatible for use on induction hob.
- Good corrosion resistance, rustproof.