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Noreen, Board Moderator

Bakeware range

Has anyone bought from our Delia Online/Silverwood bakeware range, Little Gem pans or the liners? We would love to know your thoughts....

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NateJ

Yes.

Yes, I bought the whole range.

My thoughts:

They are expensive. But the biggest single piece of the expense for me was postage to the USA. However, amortized on a single piece basis the 'whole set' is quite reasonable in cost -- four sponge tins two tall tins, the baking sheets, etc. AND the liners.

I knew of Silverwood from having bought some in the mid 1990s. If there was one company that Delia could have teamed with in the UK, I'd have chosen this too.

The tins really are almost non stick when you first get them. I don't use nonstick coatings much; I know there is teflon-type coating on the 'bake o glide' but given the relatively low temperatures at which you take cakes this isn't an issue.

I've never seen any baking tin this high quality before. I felt they were worth the money.

I did buy the saucepan and the frying pan too. The fry pan worries me SLIGHTLY that over time it might not work on my glass top stove as things can warp. The saucepan has a really heavy base so that doesn't concern me. BUT having said that, I use a non stick spray (oil..the national brand we have here is Pam but I don't know what you have in the UK -- it's oil+an emulsifier+propellant) and it does not stick at all, and you don't need much of it. It fries beautifully and I like its all metal construction.

The saucepan really does have all the characteristics that Delia mentioned. I was pleased and amazed. A lid for it would have been nice, but it's on my list to get a small glass lid from my local shop.

I expect to have these things for the next few decades, frankly; the first Silverwood item I bought, I got 19 years ago and it is still working fine (the multisize square cake tin they make). It was my knowledge of their quality that made me order without fear.

Why did I spend all this on stuff from the UK? Here's why: anodized (anodised) alumin[i]um is virtually non stick without toxic coatings. Something made in a first world country is unlikely to have contamination in the metal such as lead or other undesirable metals that we've seen from certain countries in recent years. Most bakeware and cookware is produced outside of the first world and some supply chains are, in my mind, suspect.

Whew! That's probably more detail than you wanted.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Bakeware range

Absolutely NOT more information than we wanted to hear Nate!

How lovely for us all to read your comments, it is so heartening to find a complete set of our range has made its way to the US. (Although it makes the few items I have have bought seem a little meagre - I must get on to my nearest stockist and get some more!)

Have you got the Bake-O-Glide liners too? They are brilliant.

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NateJ

in the long run...

In the long run given postage costs it was cheaper to buy the whole range.

As these were exported from the UK, the VAT was refunded BUT the postage was even more than that!

I do have the liners and like them. I use them only for cakes. For anything above about 350F/175C/whatever the gas mark :) I use parchment as I mistrust nonstick coatings over 400F/200C.

In the USA, Fantes in Philadelpha stock most of Silverwood's stuff but not the Silverwood Delia line. Since Delia isn't all that well known here that isn't too surprising. (My wife and I were on our honeymoon in the UK > 20 years ago and we bought one of her cookbooks).

Nate

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Yummy

Bakeware range

"In the USA, Fantes in Philadelpha stock most of Silverwood's stuff but not the Silverwood Delia line. Since Delia isn't all that well known here that isn't too surprising. (My wife and I were on our honeymoon in the UK > 20 years ago and we bought one of her cookbooks).

Nate "

ha ha !! there you go Nate you and your wife will have to return for your Anniversary, who knows you might even get your Milk Loaf tin too ;)
Yummy

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NateJ

What a great idea!

What a great idea! Now, if only the Euro governments would kill their 'landing tax' which raises the cost of a plane ticket from the USA by 100% then perhaps I could afford to come over :)

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Toad in the Hole

Bakeware Range

Well I've really enjoyed the saucepan and frying pan which I got at Christmas. They are both great. The saucepan has got to be the best investment - I am usually poor at getting sauces stuck and they then have all those horrible bits incorporated into the sauce. But can honestly say not with this one. Custard and sauces perfect. Now making my porridge in it in the morning too and it hasn't all stuck like glue!!! I've also got the small size sponge tins and the oblong tin - makes a peachy Toad in the Hole (in joke) and the loaf tin. We love a loaf cake. Might get the muffin tin for when my daughter comes home from Uni - she really likes the lemon and poppy seed version. My old tin has gone really rusty so might use that as the excuse to go and get one! Oh and those specially cut liners are amazing. I did those as stocking fillers for my baking pals at Christmas. They were most amused at the time - I got a lot of ribbing - but now of course they think they are a godsend.

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foodie

Bakeware range

Yes, I have...I bought the loaf tin, a couple of the sponge tins with liners and the oblong and swiss roll tin with liners and the muffin tin....just to say I did need to refresh and after getting the cake book I thought blow it why not, lol...am very pleased with them, cant find any criticism, easy to clean etc.

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Tricia C

Little Gem sauce pan

I bought this despite it's hefty price tag. The 'seasoning' of the pan was rather time-consuming. I only use it for sauces, custard etc and the pan is really great to use. I am also keeping it out of the dishwasher, so am hoping to get a good few years out of it!

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Bakeware range

Great to get feedback from everyone! Keep them coming...!

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NateJ

no dishwasher!

I won't put anything like the saucepan or the fry pan in the dishwasher.

I had a bad experience with aluminum years back so I just don't do it.

I REALLY like the saucepan too - and yes it WAS expensive. (However, given that a high quality saucepan is always expensive it isn't out of line).

I have learned that it does stain and I clean it by boiling water in which I've added 1/2 a teaspoon of ascorbic acid crystals. Though you can also use a tablespoon or two of lemon juice.

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NateJ

aluminum and dishwashers

I should say "I had a bad experience when I put aluminium in the dishwasher years ago" I've never had a bad experience with aluminum (aluminium) in particular.

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NateJ

Actually I have a question about the range

Actually I have a question about the bakeware.

When I made toad in the hole,when I put the tin on my hob it didn't stay ABSOLUTELY flat against the heat -- is this normal?

It DIDN'T buckle, but it wasn't absolutely flat either.

I watched the video a few times and I think the one in the vid did the same thing.

Do others find this too?

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Bakeware Range

Hello NateJ,

All of our DOL rectangle tins are the same, they are not completely flat but they haven’t buckled. The cold tin placed on a completely flat surface (hot or cold) wobbles slightly when you press down onto it or put something on it.

We used the same tins for all the testing and filming and they still all look the same so I think yours is the same too.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Toad in the Hole

Bakeware Range

Hi Nate J - I've got the oblong tin. Maybe just a tiny bit not flat. Have had no problems at all. No buckling. Going to buy the muffin tin next week.

 
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