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Wendy

Aluminium pans

I'm thinking of replacing a couple of small pans with aluminium ones. Delia recommends heavy-gauge aluminium ones. There are only a couple of types of 'branded' pans available or the supermarket's own brand where I live and none say what the gauge is. How can I tell if it's heavy-gauge or not? Is it by weight? or thickness of the pan?

Wendy x

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Lindsey, Food Editor

For Wendy

Hello Wendy,

I have asked our friend Simon who makes the Delia Online pans and this is want he says.


‘In the context of cookware, gauge is generally meant to refer to the thickness of the pan. Light/medium/ gauge are all relative terms that describe the product’s thickness, relative to the norm for an item of that type. There is, so far as I know, no universal standard that defines the limits of light/medium/heavy gauge. The only way to be specific is to use an actual measurement of thickness: e.g. 3mm thick.

To complicate matters, a 1.5mm thick stainless steel pan would be regarded as heavy gauge, whereas in aluminium 2mm might only be regarded as medium gauge. The Delia Online saucepan is 6mm thick (on the base).’

So I think what you need to look for is an aluminum pan with a good thick base.

I hope this helps,

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Wendy

Lindsey

It helps greatly, thank you. I shall be looking more closely at the pans that are available.

Thank you, again

Wendy

 
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