For over 80 years Paderno (Italy) has been a leading company in the manufacturing of professional cookware and kitchen utensils. The company is constantly engaged in enhancing the quality of its products and consistently complies with the most recent laws relating to public health and safety. For this purpose the new factory in Orfengo Novara near Milan is equipped with a modern laboratory with high technology instruments (X-rays atomic absorption etc.) which enables Paderno to carry out its own chemical tests on the raw materials used and check their conformity to the standards required. Special attention is paid to the environment and to general safety. This 1-1/2-quart bain-marie or water bath is a heating or cooking process in which a water-filled receptacle is used as the element to provide gentle even heat. This technique allows for the cooking of delicate dishes or to keep food warm. From melting chocolate to keeping the temperature of delicate sauces the bain-marie is an essential cooking piece. Safe for use in the oven on the stove in a hotel pan or in a chafing dish. Provides even heat. Keeps food warm. Great for melting chocolate. Keeps the temperature of delicate sauces. Oven-safe.