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Copper Saucepan Sets

October 22nd, 2018

One of a chef’s most prized possessions is his saucepan set. Not only because it is at the heart of his cooking, but can greatly affect the way his food tastes and how he/she can perform in the kitchen. Of all the saucepan sets available the pinnacle of them all is the copper saucepan set. So why is a copper saucepan set so sort after?

Advantages Of A Copper Saucepan Set

Copper is one of the best heat conductors known to man, so as soon as you change the temperature of the heat sauce you will almost immediately affect the food you are cooking. For example, if you are worried you food is starting to burn then you can reduce the heat and this will reduce the heat on your food and stop it from burning. If you are using a saucepan that is a poor conductor of heat for example, cheap stainless steel saucepan sets although you reduce the heat the saucepan still stays hot and continues to burn your food. Because copper is such a great conductor of heat whatever the shape or design almost never has any heat spots. This means you will have a uniform heat throughout your pan which is easy to control. They also have a great weight to the pan which is heavier enough to keep stable on your hob, but light enough to feel comfortable in your hand for any long periods of cooking.

Depending on your view a copper saucepan set when polished an well maintained can look fantastic displayed in almost any kitchen. So if copper is such a great material why don’t we all have them?

Disadvantages Of A Copper Saucepan Set

The most obvious disadvantage is they are prohibitively expensive. Copper particularly in recent years as become very expensive. In 2003 a metric tonne of copper cost under $2000 since then it has gone up with a current copper price of over $8000 and it is predicted to continue to rise. This makes copper saucepan sets out of the budget of most consumers. The other main disadvantage of a copper saucepan set is their maintenance. You cannot put them in the dishwasher and should never leave them in water for long periods ensuring you dry them thoroughly after use. Because copper can react with certain food types they are lined with either tin or steel. Although steel lined pans are more expensive they last longer than tin lined pans that would require re-tinning every couple of years. This makes tin lined copper saucepans a false economy. Although you can use modern cleaning pastes to keep your copper saucepan sets clean they are still a higher maintenance product than ones that are dishwasher safe.

Whichever type of material saucepan set you decide upon you should always check the manufactures instructions to ensure they not only suit your cooker type but also you know how to maintain them.

Silicone Bakeware Set

January 8th, 2011

When searching for a silicone bakeware a great method of introducing you to such a new material in your kitchen is to experiment with more than one use. Silicone bakeware is very versatile and can be used in a number of products in the kitchen. With all the advantages silicone have it is suited to many different uses. A great way of finding this out is to purchase a silicone bakeware set.

As with all sets if you can find one that suits your need it is normally more economical to buy them in this form rather than individually. Another advantage is most silicone bakeware comes in different colours and by buying them in a set you are guaranteed that they should all match. Also they were probably made from the same quality silicone so if after reading some silicone bakeware reviews you find a good quality brand you will be guaranteed an enjoyable cooking experience.

You can find sets of varying price and consisting of a variety of different products so using the internet to search for the set that suits you the best is a good way of pin pointing the best product. Google is your friend, so type silicone bakeware set but also include any specific products your are after. For example cupcake moulds, bread moulds or spatulas. If you are unsure of what’s available just browse the silicone bakeware sets that are within your budget.

Finally once you have decided on the set you are after use a shopping search engine to find the best price. Don’t forget to check out your local cook shop as many bargains can be had that often can beat internet prices. With the added advantage that you are supporting your local shops and you can take it home and start baking today.

Le Creuset Stoneware

October 13th, 2010

The French are world famous for their cooking and have given us nouvelle cuisine and famous brands of kitchen appliances such as the Magimix food processor and Le Creuset cookware.


Le Creuset are renowned for using traditional materials and hand crafting modern designed cookware. Best known for there cast iron cookware they were founded in 1925. Based in Fresnoy-le-Grand in Aisne, France they chose this place as it was at the crossroads of all the required raw materials, coke, iron and sand. After the war they continued to develop their innovative cookware to include different coloured enamels. This soon became very popular and in 1952 they started to export to other European countries and also the United States.

Since they were bought by the current President, Paul Van Zuydam in 1988 they have continued to expand into other countries, innovate and diversify. Their range now includes silicone bakeware, stainless steel saucepan sets and stoneware bakeware.

Although still sticking to their distinctive design that would co-ordinate with their range of cast iron cookware the Le Creuset Stoneware has developed into a range of it’s own. Manufactured using specialist clays fired at the highest temperatures they are enamelled with the distinctive vibrant colours we have all become to love. Able to resist chipping cracking and the all important stain resistance they can offer a 5 year guarantee. Scratch resistant the stoneware can be used in the traditional oven, microwave or under the grill. Able to withstand temperatures as high as 260°C (500°F) and as low as -18°C (-65°F) they are dishwasher safe and are happy to be put in your freezer when you have that left over casserole.

The Le Creuset Stoneware Range

Preparation items include a mixing jug and a pestle and mortar.

The cooking items is probably the largest selection and ranges from small ramekins, oval, round and rectangular dishes and their world famous casserole pots.

There Storage range includes kitchen canisters for example storage jars, a salt pig and a butter dish.

If you are looking for a serving range then look no further as it includes teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls, mugs and soup bowls.

If you need a gift for a loved one then there is a starter set that will introduce them to the advantages of the Le Creuset cookware. This includes 20cm cast iron round casserole dish, 26cm stoneware rectangular dish, 24cm stoneware oval dish and 2 stoneware ramekins. The set is available in Cerise, Volcanic, Granite, Almond, Graded Blue, Satin Black & Teal colours and you should be able to find one that will match your loved ones kitchen and personality. For the perfect gift look no further than the Heart Range of ramekins and dishes which as you can guess are moulded in the shape of a heart. These dishes show the love and effort the chef has put into the meal they are serving.

Whichever stoneware you choose make sure you enjoy selecting from the various vibrant colours available to match your kitchen and you will get years of enjoyable cooking with them.

Stainless Steel Saucepan Sets

September 25th, 2010

Stainless steel saucepan sets are probably one of the most used pieces of cookware in our kitchen today but what are the advantages of a stainless steel saucepan set.

What is Stainless Steel?


Stainless steel in metallurgy is also known as inox from French “inoxydable”, is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as ordinary steel, but it is not stain-proof. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the budget and requirement of the saucepan. Stainless steel is used because both the properties of the stain resistance and resistance to corrosion are required.

Too Hot To Handle

Most stainless steel saucepan sets have handles made from stainless steel which many people complain can get hot. Especially when you use them on a multi burner hob. Always ensure you turn your saucepan handles outwards so another burner does not inadvertently heat the handle. If you think the handle may have been heated then use a tea towel or oven glove to protect your hand when handling your sauce pan. The reason these handles are made from stainless steel rather than plastic or wood is that some recipes require the saucepan to be put in the oven and this would not be possible if such materials were used with the handle.

Lifetime Guarantee

Stainless Steel also makes the saucepan very robust to dents and scratches. Ceramic or glass cookware can be very heavy and is liable to break. Stainless steel however is a poor conductor of heat, manufacturers often bond another metal such as copper or aluminium which conducts well to the base of the saucepans which helps eliminate hotspots. Some ranges come with a non-stick coating which are particularly used for mil-pans and frying pans.

Many stainless steel saucepans come with a lifetime guarantee and can be used on most heat sources including induction hobs, however you should always check with the manufacturer instructions.

Stellar Cookware

September 25th, 2010

Horwood are a UK company based in Bristol and produce the Stellar Cookware brand of products. Other brands they produce are Judge, Horwood and Harmony. Horwoods were established in 1896 and have a long history of producing and designing market leading products for the kitchen. Constantly introducing new products to the market they focus on style, quality, function and value. In 2000 Horwoods were bought by the  leading European cookware manufacturer  Silampos SA. There brands include the Portuguese brands Silampos, Concepta Silampos and Cook Silampos. Besides having its own production lines, it represents and sells products of renowned international brands, such as Zyliss, Cole & Mason and Jamie Oliver.

The Stellar Cookware brand is probably one of the best known kitchen brands on the market today. Below is brief description of the Stellar Cookware range

Sabatier Stellar and FM set of knives are available as a set or individually. They are forged from single billets of stainless steel and Sabatier include solid spun handle rivets. The Stellar FM knives are taper ground for successful sharpening and handles give superior grip, even when wet. With a lifetime guarantee they make cleaning them easy by being dishwasher.

The Stellar saucepans come in various designs and range from the Stellar 1000 to the Stellar 9000 professional. You should find a saucepan set to suit your budget and needs. Stellar Stainless Steel Cookware is manufactured from Premium Grade 18/10 Stainless Steel – that contains 18% chrome and 10% nickel for optimum hardness and stain resistance.

The Stellar Art Deco Teaware is a range of teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls, kitchen canisters and Cafetiere. Having 1930’s style with 21st Century quality they are made from Stellar mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe and come with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Stellar Breakfast and Teaware offers a wide range of products for your breakfast or tea. These include continental and traditional teapots, sugar basin, cream jug,  coffee/hot water jug, toast rack, tea strainer, egg cups, salt and pepper pots and a butter dish with lid. All would look great on your breakfast table next to your 4 slice toaster.

The Stellar Coffee Accessory range of Cafetiere’s come in an elegant straight sided design with either mirror polished or matt 18/10 stainless steel. As always they are dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The Stellar cookware accessory range includes multi-pot steamers, pasta pot, maslin pan, saute/server with side handles, paella pan, griddle pan, egg poacher, long handled colander, wok with lid, oval & rectangular roasters with rack and a fondue set.

There cutlery are all dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee. They a wide range of designs and are named Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester and Rochester.

They produce a range of three espresso coffee makers made from smooth satin finished 18/10 stainless steel. They come in a 2,4 and 6 cup sizes.

The TV chef James Martin has styled a range of pans called the Stellar James Martin lamina range made from tri metal stainless steel with cast fittings.

The Stellar soft touch gadgets are elegant efficient designs with smooth contours engineered from zinc alloy composite. They have a sleek satin finish with black rubber handle inserts for a sure and comfortable grip. The range includes
corkscrew, nut cracker, bottle opener, garlic press, “Y” shape peeler, swivel peeler, can opener, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, egg slicer and zester.

The Stellar stove top kettles come in classic or contemporary designs and made from high quality 18/10 stainless steel. Suitable for all hobs except induction and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The range of Stellar textiles include machine washable aprons, oven gloves, oven mitt and handle holders. Quilted, metallised and polyester padded  they are made from tough high quality cotton drill for long life. Some of these include hanging loops for easy storage.

Which ever Stellar Cookware you choose you will be confident you are purchasing a quality manufactured product that should give you a lifetime of enjoyment in your kitchen.