Cooking is a passion for millions of people in the UK. Britons love food and creating dishes to serve up to friends and family; the amount of TV programmes currently on about cooking are evidence of this love. Television chefs are big stars and their regularly released recipe books fly off shelves as eager gourmets attempt to increase their culinary repertoire. However, to cook some quality meals you will need some quality cooking equipment and a good set of saucepans should be at the top of your list.
A good saucepan set will make your life as a home-chef a lot easier. Inferior saucepan sets can lead to your food sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning, infusing even the non-burnt food with an acrid, nasty flavour. Shoddy saucepan sets can also cause you problems if they don't heat the food evenly as parts of your meal may be overcooked while other parts may be undercooked. A decent saucepan set will heat the food evenly and will have a non-stick lining in the bottom to make sure that your delicious dish doesn't become a charred mess that ends up in the bin. If you like entertaining people and giving them good food it's worth investing in a well-made set of saucepans, but how do you know what constitutes a good set? There are a number of different materials commonly used in the manufacture of pots and pans which differ slightly in terms of their benefits.
Pottery was one of the first materials to be used to make cooking vessels thousands of years ago. These early earthenware saucepans were made watertight by glazing them with a plant gum and later, ceramic coatings. Metal was first used to make cookware in the Bronze Age and metal subsequently became the most popular material for cooking pots. Today this is still true in the case of saucepans but developments in metallurgy have led to complex alloys being used which are currently the most efficient materials available. Aluminium is very popular for saucepan sets as it allows even heat distribution; it is also tough but lightweight so easy to handle. Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion. A stainless steel saucepan set won't react with alkaline or acidic foods either, as other metals can. Anodised aluminium is commonly used for saucepan sets as it is another non-reactive metal that is very tough and durable. These materials are used in most superior sets of saucepans and will make it easier for you to cook up a homemade soup, a curry, a chilli or any number of delicious dishes that will hopefully astound your dinner guests.
If you want to buy quality saucepans online, have a look at the range purveyed by Procook. This company is Britain's biggest largest speciality cookware retailer so has everything you could need to attain culinary greatness. For more information visit www.procook.co.uk