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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

STELLAR 3000 20CM BLACK FRYING PAN S319B
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.

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  • 59-61 Edmonton Road
  • Kesgrave
  • Ipswich, Suffolk
  • IP5 1EQ

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