Frying pan advice

Frying pan advice

Why do I need a frying pan?

With so many celebrity chefs saying what pieces of cookware they think are essential, it can often be confusing to know where to start. One thing is for sure, a decent frying pan will prove invaluable in the kitchen, not least because of its versatility and ease of use.

Used to cook everything from omelettes to fish, bacon and eggs to bubble and squeak, the faithful frying pan will prove a welcome addition to any home kitchen.

Plenty of types of frying pan to choose from

As suggested, there are many different types of frying pan to choose from. They tend to vary in size, weight, material and longevity, so consumers need to decide what features they want from their frying pan.

Perhaps one of the most invaluable pieces of kit in the kitchen in the non-stick frying pan, which takes the hassle out of having to oil the surface of the equipment. A non-stick coating means that people can also reduce the amount of fat they use in their cooking, making it a popular item of cookware with would-be chefs the world over.

Headcook and Bottlewasher stocks a wide range of frying pans, including the Lodge Logic Round Skillet, which has an 8-inch diameter. Priced at £19.76, this item is extremely durable and pre-seasoned, meaning it is ready to be used as soon as it has been delivered. This frying pan is also made from cast iron, which means that the heat retention and distribution are excellent, ensuring that quality, cooked-through food is made time after time.

Another option is the Beka Vita Fry Pan with Ceramic EcoLogic, which also comes with a non-stick coating. This frying pan comes complete not only with a non-stick surface, but also an environmentally friendly Bekadur Ceramica coating. At 28cm in diameter, it is ideal for cooking a variety of dishes in a home kitchen.

Different shapes, different sizes

Home cooks hoping to invest in a frying pan or two will no doubt notice that there are various different shapes and sizes for them to make their selection from. Looking at what Headcook and Bottlewasher has on offer, customers can choose from either a round, oval or even square frying pan, depending on which best suits their needs.

For those after an oval frying pan, the Mauviel M'heritage model could prove just the thing, priced at £122.32. It has a stainless steel lining as well as bronze handles, making sure it is both durable and attractive.

As for square frying pans, the Bekas Chef Non-Stick Grill Pan is a good option. Available for £58.40 from Headcook and Bottlewasher, this item is 26.5cm wide and forms part of the Bekas Premium Chef range.

Frying pans with removable handles

Anyone seeking to buy a new frying pan will find that some suppliers offer products with a removable handle. This increases the practicality of the frying pan, meaning it can be used both on the hob and in an oven. Some recipes require the home chef to start making the meal on the hob before transferring it to the oven to be finished off, which is made possible through frying pans with removable handles.

This feature also makes it easier to clean the frying pan, as food can often become lodged in the joint between the pan and the handle.

The Berndes Removable Handle Premium Induction from Headcook and Bottlewasher is a prime example. Available at £101.15, this 28cm frying pan can be used on all heat sources, including an induction hob. This style of pan is also available in a number of other sizes, including the 24cm version priced at £80.75 and 20cm for £75.65.

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