Saucepans, griddles, casseroles and steamers

 

Saucepans

 

These are probably going to be the most important purchases a cook will make. There is so much rubbish out there and millions of pounds spent to beguile you into buying them, so here you really do need some help. What you want is something solid and reliable, and I have spent years searching out what I’ve now finally come to believe is the best. 

There is no doubt that heavy-gauge aluminium is the very best conductor of heat – no sticking, no catching, no scorching when making omelettes and sauces. I would banish the traditional non-stick brigade entirely, having suffered so many peeling, scratched and useless non-stick non-starters. Manufacturers needn’t talk to me about being careful – you know, never having the heat high and using plastic spoons and forks etc. I am a cook and if I want to sear a steak, I want the pan to be blasting hot and I don’t want to then turn my steak over with some flimsy plastic fork that the heat will melt.

I have now created the Delia Online range of pans with the help of British manufacturer Alan Silverwood Ltd.  I hope to add to this range since its its launch in 2014.  You can see more by clicking on the link below.

Delia Online Bakeware and Equipment range

Cast-iron ridged griddle 

Since it’s now fashionable to char-grill so many things, this is a useful addition, and especially good for bruschetta, giving bread that lovely charred flavour.

Casseroles

I have found that an approximately 4 pint (2.25 litre) capacity flameproof casserole is a good, all-round family size and that a 6 pint (3.5 litre) casserole is a very useful size for entertaining.

Taking care of pans

Sorry, but there is one bit of bad news here. The chemicals in the dishwashing process tend not to be good for saucepans. So, just get into the habit of soaking them in cold water to get rid of any residue, then they will be easy to wash in warm, soapy water – and it will give you much more room in the dishwasher for other items.

Steamers 

I do like to steam lots of things so I’ve got three types of steamer. There’s the classic double-pan one that stands over a saucepan and will hold a large pudding; a fan steamer that is brilliant for vegetables, even asparagus, which I always trim and lay out horizontally; and finally, a Chinese bamboo steamer I use for fish.


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