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  • Take the Stress Out of Christmas Cooking with Non-Stick Roasting Pans

    It’s that time of the year when culinary enthusiasts really get to stretch their wings and test their talents. The festive season is in full swing and plans are being made for parties, family reunions, and the kind of feasts that would make a royal blush.

    If you’re in charge of the cooking, you’ll know that things can get majorly hectic in the kitchen. Whether you’re rustling up a fancy dinner for Christmas, New Year, or just because you feel like it; having the right tools is very important. For big meals (turkey included), you’ll need some solid, high-quality non-stick roasting pans

    These handy hints and tips will give you some advice on what size and style of roasting pan is best suited to your culinary needs.

    Size and Depth

    The perfect roasting pan should be large enough for the food to sit comfortably inside, without touching the edges during cooking. This allows air to circulate, which is particularly important if you’re cooking a big turkey or a ham joint. The sides need to be tall enough to prevent all of those lovely juices from leaking out – around two to three inches is ideal. Taller non-stick roasting pans can be used for cooking things like vegetables, alongside the meat.

    Don’t forget to check that your choice of roasting pan is actually going to fit in the oven. The last thing that you want, just before starting a big dinner, is to have to run to the neighbours and borrow a smaller one. The internal dimensions at the narrowest point are where you need to look for a matching measurement. This Circulon roasting pan actually comes with a fitted rack, so ingredients like potatoes cook crisp and free of moisture.


    Sturdy, Non-Stick Coating

    Always opt for non-stick roasting pans, because they cook the food more evenly and don’t collect as much debris. Premium roasting tools have a slick surface that allows users to quickly remove all ingredients. You don’t need to use a lot of force or pressure to clean them; the non-stick coating makes washing a simple task. It is best to have more than one roasting pan if you like to cook large amounts of meat.


    Christmas and New Year dinners will likely require an oven full of roasting pans, all filled with their own tasty treats. Use a heavier, broad-bottomed pan like this Judge Speciality Roaster, for cooking birds and joints. A pan with smaller sides is better for vegetables and fish, as there is more room for the air to circulate. Try to match your cooking tools to the ingredients and the situation, as you’ll get a better result.

    Where to Find High-Quality Cooking Tools

    The good news is that there are plenty of great homeware stores and retailers out there. You can even shop exclusively online and buy everything that you need for family dinners, without ever leaving your couch. From non-stick roasting pans to study saucepans, restaurant quality knives, and state of the art electrical appliances; you can get your kitchen fully kitted out. Opt for superior materials, because they’ll wear better and last for longer.

    Why not check out our range of, Judge and Stellar cookware for a stress free Christmas dinner.

  • 5 Cookware Accessories Which Will Make You Star Baker Every Day

    Last month, the Great British Bake Off came to a stunning close as TV favourite and all round star baker, Nadiya Hussain, was crowned champion. There were suspiciously moist eyes all around the country, after the mother of three from Yorkshire gave an emotional victory speech and promised to never doubt herself again. Now, new bakers all over Great Britain are getting out their cookware and having a go at it themselves.
    This has been the real impact of Great British Bake Off; a show which has become a cultural phenomenon in a fairly short space of time. Where once TV cookery shows lingered on spaghetti, risotto, and the perfect steak, they are now making a return to traditional cakes and desserts. If you have a hankering to give the cookware a spin, you might want to think about investing in these 5 great kitchen accessories.

    1. Sabichi Living Cream Hand Mixer

    This handheld Sabichi Living Cream Hand Mixer comes with five different speed settings and a series of detachable beaters and hooks for a flawless blend. It is simply designed for ease of use and will stand up well to even a vigorous beating – you do not have to worry about giving this accessory a proper workout.

    2. TALA Traditional Stoneware Mixing Bowl

    The sturdiest mixing bowls are those which you can grab quickly off the countertop and hold in one arm whilst you attempt to stop the kids from pinching cake mix – at least you are not also looking out for Mel and Sue whilst you supervise your cookware. This beautifully designed TALA stoneware mixing bowl is one such accessory; it can also be put in the dishwasher.

    3. Salter 396 Contour Electronic Timer

    If you want to create amazing cakes, you need to have perfect timing – it is okay to call in a little help though. This nifty Salter 396 Contour Electronic Timer has a 64x40mm display, so that you never have to strain to see the clock again. The alarm sound is pleasingly loud, which means that you will hear it even over reruns of Bake Off.

    4. Salter 3003 Aquatronic Scales

    You will be pleased to know that Salter also makes a cracking pair of weighing scales. These Salter 3003 Aquatronic Scales are great for keen cooks, because they have an ‘add and weigh’ function – this means that you can weigh ingredients as you add them to a mixture, instead of measuring everything separately. Plus, they are also good for measuring liquids.

    5. Stellar 1000 Deep Saucepan

    For anybody on the lookout for top quality cookware, it is useful to remember that you can never go wrong with Stellar pans. This sleekly designed saucepan has a shatterproof glass lid, a thick 'hot-forged' base for even cooking on all hob types. So, the next time that you need to whip up a raspberry sauce or a pot of fresh custard, you could be doing it in this super reliable Stellar 1000 Deep Saucepan.

    The Importance of Using Great Cookware

    A lot of amateur cooks attempt ambitious bakes and are mystified when their efforts do not go quite as planned, but many of them are baking with substandard cookware. You could not produce a really great painting with poor oils or inks and the same rules apply for flawless puddings – for tip top results, you need high quality accessories.

    The good news is that ‘high quality’ does not have to mean pricey. There are plenty of reliable and affordable cookware retailers on the market; you just have to know where to look.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Picking the Perfect Frying Pan

    It is easy to get frustrated with a lot of the commercial cookware available on the high street these days. It makes plenty of grand statements and promises. It speaks of things like non-stick surfaces, heavy bottomed bases, and easy grip handles – but after a few weeks of heavy duty use, it starts to fall apart.
    This is why it is a much better idea to invest in high quality cookware, accessories, and pots and pans from a dedicated cookware specialist like Elmers Hardware. With a wide selection of different brands and materials available – from Stellar frying pans to weighing scales, premium knife sets, and all manner of baking tools – you can rest safe in the knowledge that your cookware will last as long as you do in the kitchen.
    This handy guide to picking the perfect frying pan will help you get to grips with the basics of choosing high quality cookware.

    Starting Your Collection

    To be a truly versatile cook, you need more than one good frying pan, because they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes – the pan that you use to whip up an omelette is not necessarily going to be suitable for making a family meal like a paella or a chilli con carne. If you pick up a Stellar pan, you get a quality guarantee and a reliable non-stick surface. This means that it will be easy to clean and less oil will be needed to cook the ingredients, making for healthier meals overall.

    A Range of Different Sizes

    For those shopping for cookware on a budget, it can be difficult to know which size frying pans to choose. Whilst a range of dimensions is recommended, you can start your collection with a small or medium (or a medium and a large) sized frying pan, depending on how big your family is and how much food you like to cook – sometimes, it is handy to be able to cook ingredients in big batches and store them for later. It is important to match the quantity to the frying pan, because cooking small amounts of food in a big pan will dry out the ingredients.

    Picking the Right Material

    Stellar Easy Lift Cast Iron Frying Pan 24cm
    The two main types of material for high quality frying pans are stainless steel and cast iron. A heavy duty stainless steel Stellar pan is a great choice for keen cooks who love making tasty sauces and experimenting with different ingredients. This type of material is more popular than cast iron, because it is generally much cheaper and more lightweight. Plus, it can also be placed in the oven or the dishwasher without any fear of damage.

    Invest In Lifelong Quality

    You might have heard stories about parents passing down family cookware to their children and assumed that they must be a little bit exaggerated. However, if you invest in top quality cookware (especially frying pans and saucepans) and you take care of them well (clean and store them correctly), there is no reason why you cannot keep using them for many years to come. Whilst ‘disposable’ cookware is easy to pick up and costs little, it ages extremely quickly and cannot maximise the quality of food.
    So, the lesson to be learned is that investing in high quality cookware is always a wise choice. If you care for it properly, treat it gently when necessary, and consider it an extension of your kitchen, it will match your skill and culinary potential at every turn.

  • Getting Inspired with the Great British Bake Off

    The sixth series of The Great British Bake Off warmed our homes throughout the cold and the rain of September. It has since reached it final conclusion and bakers Nadiya, Tamal, and Ian battled it out in the final, with Nadiya crowned champion. The question is, what are we doing with our evenings now the beloved Bake Off is over?

    Well, if you are feeling adventurous, you could turn that telly addiction into cookware. As it happens, The Great British Bake Off has inspired thousands of fans – old and young, male and female – to get out their mixing bowls and start whipping up sweet treats, pies, pastries, and cakes. Whilst nobody is expecting you to concoct a three tier nun made out of chocolate éclairs, there are plenty of simple and fun recipes to try.

    These handy tips and tricks will help you to start baking up a storm, with top quality cookware, in no time.

    Choosing the Right Material

    judge J3A1 3pce stainless steel set
    If you are on the lookout for quality cookware – for baking or regular cooking – keep in mind the fact that you will usually have a choice between aluminium, copper, and stainless steel. These materials all come with unique advantages and disadvantages, so choose carefully. Whilst copper tends to be the finest option, as it is an excellent conductor, very few chefs use it because it is so costly. The next best alternative is cookware in an affordable material, like these judge J3A1 3pce stainless steel set.

    Knowing What to Avoid

    If there is one thing about cookware that you need to remember it is that, generally, weight equals quality. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that you need extremely heavy pots and pans to cook or bake well, it does mean that you should avoid very thin or extremely lightweight pieces. The heavier the cookware, the more efficiently it will conduct heat.

    Opting for Non-Stick Coatings

    For a lot of amateur cooks, it does not seem worthwhile investing extra cash on non-stick coatings and finishes. However, this is one feature really does make cooking easier. It reduces the amount of fat that you need to start cooking, which makes cleaning up simpler and faster than ever.

    Investing in Cookware Sets

    Stellar S7CID 5 Piece Stainless Steel Set
    It can be a really good idea to invest in a cookware set – like this Stellar S7C1D 5 pce stainless steel set – if you are a person who loves to cook or bake. It saves you from spending money on each individual piece, but this kind of investment is only worthwhile if you know that you are going to use all of the pieces. If you only need a new saucepan, buy it separately.

    Getting a Head Start

    For amateur cooks and brand new bakers who want to hone their skills, the following pieces are recommended as a good place to start with cookware: two skillets (regular and deep), one two quart saucepan, one three quart saucepan, a large Dutch oven pan, and a large stockpot. You should not have to spend the earth to get quality cookware, but you do not want to instantly opt for budget pieces either – reliable cookware is well worth the investment.

    Becoming a Cool and Confident Cook

    The reality is that you could have the best cookware in the world and still be a terrible baker. If the passion, creativity, and enthusiasm is not there in spades, you are still going to have trouble whipping up a cake which Mary Berry would agree with. However, great tools can mean the difference between a distinctly average Victoria sponge or spaghetti bolognaise and a meal which has your friends in awe.

  • Cookshop Sale - 10% off saucepans, bakeware and frying pans

    10% off all saucepans, frying pans and bakeware.

    In store only.

    Offer ends 30/08/2014.

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