Proper, good quality kitchen equipment makes the enjoyable task of cooking so much nicer, doesn’t it?
I much prefer cooking with cast iron pans and this saute pan by Stellar Cookware fits in perfectly with my other cherry red pans. I’ve not had a saute pan of this size before and I really can’t see how I’ve lived without it. Seriously. It’s been used daily since I was sent it because it’s the perfect size for making meals for my small family. Plus, *major plus point alert*, it’s really easy to clean.
The first thing I made was Food to Glow’s amazing Shakshuka, a tomato-based North African stew that is incredibly flavourful and perfect for a quick family dinner that’s healthy, quick and delicious. The pan was the perfect size and cooked the stew beautifully.
I thought I’d put the pan through it’s next paces with some popcorn popped in coconut oil for my Beet and Vanilla Candied Popcorn. Enough for a family popped in a few minutes completely evenly – no over cooked bits, no unpopped kernels. And now I have no need to buy that popcorn maker that I’ve been meaning to get!
But the real test of a pan is scrambled egg. With family visiting I made up a big batch of smoked salmon scrambled egg. The evenness of cooking was great, but the real part of this test was the washing up. The enamel coating meant that handwashing (though the pan is dishwasher safe) was a breeze. I use knitted dishcloths (thanks, mum!) and it just powered through the egg in, literally, seconds.
The even heat distribution of the pan was apparent from the moment I started using it. It’s got a nice heavy base and the sides also heat for great heat retention.The enamel-coated pan is fairly heavy, as most cast iron pans are, which gives it a nice robustness in its quality, individually handmade, construction.The pan has a lifetime guarantee and comes with a vented glass lid and a ‘stay cool’ stainless steel handle. It is dishwasher and oven safe and is suitable for all hob types, including induction. All in all, this is a great pan that will get a lot of use in my kitchen.
Disclosure: I was sent this pan from Stellar Cookware. I was not obliged to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.