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  • Healthy Meals Cooked In A Frying Pan

    It is very easy to think of the humble frying pan as something in which only one or two components of a meal are cooked and when thinking of frying pans it is the word fry that stands out. But frying pans have many uses and can be used to prepare delicious healthy meals sometimes even without frying with fat or oil and using not just one but a variety of ingredients that produce a whole meal in only one pan.

    Below is a look at a number of healthy meals that can be cooked using only one frying pan

    The Humble Omelette

    Most people will know that making an omelette involves putting beaten up eggs into a frying pan with butter and milk with some seasoning and then blending and folding until cooked. But an omelette can be so much more by adding cheese, bacon, ham or vegetables and/or mushrooms. Start off by using a little butter, oil or healthy option vegetable oil spray in the pan to start cooking the mushrooms, tomatoes or bacon or ham. When they are nearly cooked add the mixture of eggs and seasoning and milk or water (for a more fluffy omelette) to the other ingredients and cook until done to personal taste. Follow this recipe to create your own

    Frying Pan Cooked Quorn

    Quorn is an ever increasingly vegetarian and vegan option to meat and Quorn Mince is a very healthy meat-free option to make a delicious spaghetti bolognese with. The bolognese sauce can be made with onion, carrot, and celery (the basics of most bolognese sauces) tomato passata, garlic and quorn mince. Other ingredients such as mushrooms, courgettes and other vegetables can be added. The ingredients are finely chopped and fried in the pan using a preferred oil and when softened the Quorn mince is added together with the passata. The result is a delicious quick and easy bolognese sauce that can be added to spaghetti or other pasta choice.

    Frying Pan Cooked Frittata

    Returning to eggs, a Frittata is a terrific healthy option to the traditional quiche; using similar ingredients but without the pastry a Frittata can also use any ingredients preferred and is a great way to use up leftover vegetables and other ingredients. Eggs and milk and seasoning are mixed as with a quiche and are then poured over the other ingredients that have either been warmed or cooked in the frying pan. The whole thing is then transferred to an oven until cooked through. Skillets are often recommended but over-proof non-stick frying pans work just as well. The beauty of a frittata is that almost anything can be used in it including sliced potatoes and many other ingredients. Follow this recipe for more details.

    Pizza in a Frying Pan

    It does not take a specialist oven and ingredients to make a delicious pizza and the humble frying pan can again make the whole thing very easy. Ingredients such as onion, tomatoes, courgettes and mushrooms for a vegetarian option are cooked; whilst some recipes call for these to be roasted they can be cooked using a healthy oil of choice in the frying pan. Then pizza dough is prepared and cooked on both sides in the frying pan (the other ingredients will of course have been removed and put aside). The topping and ingredients are then added to the dough in the frying pan and the whole thing cooked further in the oven. The whole thing should take less than half an hour and to read more about this method see this recipe

    Mussels in a Frying Pan

    A frying pan can make cooking mussels in a delicious tomato broth an easy matter. Take butter and olive oil to fry shallots and garlic, add tomatoes, vinegar, seasoning and some additional ingredients such as fennel seeds, paprika and dry white wine, then add the mussels. In five minutes the mussel shells should have opened and they are ready to eat. To make this dish yourself have a look at the recipe

  • Which Stellar Cookware Saucepans Are Best for Your Cooker Hob?

    The best saucepans are built to last. They’re sturdy, hard wearing, and can handle pretty much anything that you throw at them, as long as they’ve got the right features for the job. A solid steel saucepan, for example, can be used for many years and may even follow you between homes. This is especially true of high-quality single saucepans like those available from the Stellar and Judge lines.

    Stellar is a particularly good choice of cookware brand, as it has been operating since 1896. This means that it has an unshakeable reputation for producing long lasting saucepans, with state of the art finishes. However, there is also something that you can do too that will make your single saucepans last even longer. It is as simple as matching pans to the right hob.

    This quick fire guide to picking the best Stellar saucepans for your cooker hob will give you some helpful advice.

    Gas

    This is the most common type of cooker hob, but a lot of homeowners don’t think carefully about which type of saucepan is going to be the most efficient match. Generally, cooking with gas is very easy, so a wide variety of Stellar saucepans are suitable. This is true of brands like Prestige and Judge as well. However, you are advised to stick with metal handles, so that there’s no chance of the flame melting the plastic.

    Solid Fuel or Electric

    As with the gas hob, pretty much all kinds of saucepan are suitable, but you’ll find the heavier products, with a flatter base, to be more efficient. They heat faster because a larger proportion of the pan is touching the hob. This Stellar Non-Stick Sauté Pan is a good example.

    Ceramic

    A ceramic hob consists of a section of glass placed over an electric heat source. So, you should be looking for single saucepans that won’t leave marks on the glass. The best option then is an uncoated aluminium pan from Stellar. Or, find a tough oven cleaner that will deal with these scuffs and marks after you’ve finished cooking.

    Induction

    This is a specialist type of hob, so it isn’t as common as the rest. If you do have an induction cooker, remember that you have to buy saucepans that are specially designed for it. When shopping, for Stellar, Judge, or Prestige cookware, check the product description before you buy. For instance, this Stellar 1,000 Saucepan is primarily designed to work on conventional cooker hobs, but it will also function efficiently on an induction cooker.

    Halogen

    The main difference between a ceramic and a halogen hob is that the latter used a halogen heat lamp instead of a conventional heat source. In both cases, the heat source is protected by a glass pane. The thing to remember about halogen hobs is that the heat will reflect back off the pan if it has a shiny surface. This will increase the time it takes to get hot, so stick to dull surfaces only.

    Why Picking the Perfect Saucepan Is Important

    It is not just the quality of your food that is determined by your choice of saucepan. It also eases of handling, cooking efficiency, and value for money. A lot of homeowners have become used to buying low-quality pans and simply replacing them several times every year. This is not how cookware is designed to function. It should become a steadfast part of your kitchen; a reliable tool that you can always depend on.

    For more hints and tips on shopping for the perfect saucepan, click here to visit Elmers Hardware. Here, you can browse a broad range of cookware products, tools, and accessories; everything from frying pans to electrical appliances, steamers, knives, and more.

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