Cooking is a huge passion for people across the globe and the UK is home to a multitude of aspiring chefs and home cooks who love nothing more than serving up delicious dishes. In order to do this though, you will need some good quality cooking apparatus. It will help to prevent schoolboy errors like burning your food on the bottom of a pan and will generally make your life in the kitchen a lot easier. With this in mind, an essential cookware item that you really can't do without is a decent saucepan.
Kitchen saucepans are available in numerous shapes, sizes, colours and materials and with different features such as heat-proof handles and pouring lids on the left and the right. Inferior saucepans may lack a non-stick coating on the bottom which could cause food to stick and burn in the pan. Shoddy saucepans may not heat food evenly which could lead to part of your meal being overcooked or undercooked, and such pans may not have features like heat-proof handles so they might even be dangerous to use. These are problems that a keen chef can live without. When choosing saucepans you should certainly select one with a non-stick lining to prevent burning your food and the aforementioned heat-proof handles will allow you to cook in comfort without worrying about burning yourself. You should also choose a saucepan made of the best material available; here are the most popular substances:
Many kitchen saucepans are made of aluminium as it is light yet strong and it heats food evenly; thick gauge aluminium is usually used for saucepans.
Aluminium has a naturally occurring layer of aluminium oxide and in anodised aluminium this layer is thickened with an electrolytic process that makes the surface non-reactive to acidic or alkaline ingredients.
This alloy of iron and chromium is very strong and does not bend or dent easily. Stainless steel saucepans are also resistant to corrosion so have a long life span.
These are some of the best materials available for saucepans so when you are choosing yours, make sure you know what it's made from.
Of course there are a plethora of meals that you can create with a good saucepan and you can use it to come up with your own concoctions too, but here are a few classics:
- Poached eggs
Well what are you waiting for? Choose a top quality saucepan from the fabulous selection at ProCook and start creating some masterpieces in your kitchen!
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