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Advice on what pots & pans to buy

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by JUS, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. JUS

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    Bit of a odd thread for this forum but I've seen stranger :) ...

    I need to get some new pots & pans for the kitchen. They need to be stainless steel or black with stainless steel to go with the kitchen and I don't want the handles to get hot so you have to hold them with a cloth.

    The choice seems to be endless and I just haven't got a clue what to look for. Can anyone please recommend me some or tell me what I should be looking for? I would like to be able to put them in the oven though.

    Anodised look good but do they scratch and wear quickly? Can you use metal utensils with them?

    All advice will be gratefully received.
     
  2. Astaroth

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    I have the Analon Professional pots and pans - very expensive to buy but imo look excellent - appear to be very hard wearing and the glass lids come with a 5 year accidental breakage warrenty and the pans themselves have a life time warrenty. Pans are oven proof to 220C or 190C with the lids on (if I remember correctly)

    Dark gray anodised aluminum finish, stainless steel handles and trim to the glass lids.

    The only problem with the anodised look is that (1) you cant put it in the dishwasher (2) oil/fat stains the outside but in their defense (1) you need nothing more than a damp cloth to get them absolutaly spotless (2) if you cover the whole pan in oil it all goes slightly darker and then any further oil stains dont show :D

    With any non-stick you should really use nylon utensils to prevent damage to the teflon or equiv (analon dont actually say this in their manual) I have owned my chefs pan for 4 years now (used daily) and use wooden utensils most the time but occasionally use metal - to date it has 1 small scratch onthe nonstick which didnt go all the way through to the metal and there has been no pealing of the non-stick arround the mark.

    If you go to the likes of Debs at the moment in their sale they have the box set of pans at 1/2 price in their sale
     
  3. JUS

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    Thanks very much for the info Astraroth. I didn't think about dishwasher proof....I'll have to think about that.

    What about the most stickiest substance know to man...scrambled egg ....can you remove that with just a damp cloth?
     
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    I have yet to come across anything which doesnt come off that easily - even when messing arround with sugar, brandy and the secret of mandrid fire or when I have cooked a roast in it and forgot to take it out

    The only bit which can be a little more difficult to clean is the stainless steel rivits (2 for each handle) which stick out on the inside of the pan - with my cooking at least nothing too bad gets on them so they are certainly still not difficult to clean
     
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    I used to work in the pots and pans dept at Debenhams...the best selling pans there seemed to be Circulon, very well made, very nice to cook with and very good looking...for a pan, I have a set myself! They have some sort of patented non-stock surface...very swish!

    The Prestige range of Sainless Steel pans are also very well built and great to cook with.

    www.circulon.com
     
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    yeah, I bought a proper milk pan the other month...what a reverlation..! anything that goes in come off very easily - milk, etcs etc...!! its the same as a teflon frying pan...!! mak sure you get one of those... ;)
     
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    Circulon & Analon are both made by Prestige - analon have released a new range with plastic handles rather than the hollow metal that the pro range has - I have never had any problems with the handles getting too hot though other than when doing a stir fry on the triple burner ring.
     
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    Daft as it may seem, we bought a frying pan from Tesco the other week and we were well impressed with it. It survived a camping trip with burnt on sausages, potato's, bacon, peppers and fish.

    That was stainless steel with a stainless steel handle and a non stick coating.

    Well impressed for £14!
     
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    Go for "Circulon" mate they are superb expensive but superb no scrubbing black and silver finish and the dreaded scrambled egg just wipes off.... need treating with respect no metallic utensils and "non Stick" pan scrubbers only!!!!! but well worth the money!!!
     
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    yeah, I bought my milk pan from morrisons...was only about a fiver...!

    left my ex with a sh*tty one that I would never wash after we'd eaten scrambled eggs... ;)
     
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    Conversely, I don't like non-stick pans at all. Someone always manages to burn stuff to them and then you can't scrub them clean properly. :suicide:
     
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    Agree with non-stick - I'm not convinced re: long term health risks of using non-stick coatings...I have now bought some Tesco's Finest stainless steel pans and they're brilliant value-for-money. Nice and heavy (but not Le Crueset cripplingly heavy!) with copper bottoms to improve conduction.
     
  13. JUS

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    eviljohn, I've had a set on non-stick for the past 11-12 years and they've been great. Only problem I had was with the handles falling apart. I've never had a set of Anodised - sounds like they're pretty good though.

    nabby, why do you think possible long term health problems? Non-stick have been around for about 30 years haven't they?

    Debenhams deals do look good :thumbsup:

    Jus.
     
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    I'm not bothered by the non-stick coating myself but do have stainless pans with thick copper bottoms; these are now about 35 years old! If money were an issue I would go with better quality pans than having non-stick.

    Having said that, the Le Cruset griddle that my Mum has is excellent even with the non-stick. :)
     
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    I don't use non stick pans for everything...just that and the frying pan..!
     
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    Meyer select stainless steel are half price - down to £80 in House of Fraser at mo for a set of 5.

    They come with self straining lids - almost unique to meyer for some reason.
     
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    I saw some fantastic pans the other week, i was very impressed. They were in our kitchen at the time

    I've not seen them since
     
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    I'm almost sure that non-stick is fine as long as it is intact - it's when it flakes away that I am concerned. Call it a personal choice :D
     
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    Another vote for Meyer Anolon, and no worries about a dish washer as I'm it.
     
  20. JUS

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    Bit odd me digging up this thread but just got to be done...

    Just like to say...almost 2 years on and me & the wife love our Meyer Anolon plans :) ...If anyone's looking for new pans these are the fellas :grrin:
     
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    And another.... got a set about 4 years ago and they're still as good as new. Vastly different to cheaper non-stick options.
     
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    I have a set of Le Creuset stainless steel and find them excellent. I also have a Circulon chefs pan which is superb. Served a curry once,put the Circulon back on the gas on low and forgot about it! :eek: 4 hours later you wouldn't believe what it looked like! I was going to bin it but as a last resort I left it soaking in soapy water overnight. Next morning just wiped it clean and it looked like new. Am currently saving for a set of AllClad.:thumbsup:
     
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    I got a set of Meyer pans from Argos the other year, but I don't think they do them now. I also bought Circulon from Amazon, 10 year guarantee.

    Meyer make Circulon, Prestige, Anolon and others. The Meyer range are good value IMO.
     
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    For our wedding my grand parents gave us a set of BergHOFF pans and they're just superb.
    The set has all sorts of accessories to cook anything and they have a lifetime warranty.

    From what I can understand they're not cheap though.
     
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    Le Creuset, cast iron with an enamel coating. Simply wonderful.

    KH
     
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    I like the Le Creuset casseroles but when I bought the cast iron frying pan it didn't stay non-stick for long. Oh, and you need arms like Bella Emberg to lift them.
     
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    funny that the general public make such a fuss about pans!!

    ask a chef - maybe pm Gordon!

    believe me they don't go for these consumer products - actually the truly professional pans cost a lot less - but they know how to season/age a pan:rolleyes:

    all these fancy finishes just cover up the basic lack of skill on behalf of the cook who cannot learn to regulate the heat - that knob with numbers on has a purpose!! LOL
     
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    I think "these consumer products" are more for people who have to cook AND washup afterwards!! ;)
     
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    Another vote for Le Creuset....great to use,easy to clean,last for ever,but with only one drawback...lethal in the hands of an angry wife/husband. :D
     
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    you make a good point:D
     

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