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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.