Remember to regulate the flame to prevent it from extending beyond the base of the pan, as this can damage the handle and waste gas. An indicator light on the hob will start flashing if it’s not the correct type of pan or it will simply not heat up.
This makes them tough, easy to clean and resistant to scratching and staining. Remember, though, that your food will continue to cook for some time after the heat has been turned off.
Hard-anodised aluminum Distinguished by their deep gray or black color, these pans feature a hard finish that will not chip, crack, peel or react with acidic foods. They’re reasonably lightweight and heat up rapidly, eliminating hot spots, but they don’t work on induction hobs.
Stainless steel on its own is liable to hot spots, so copper or aluminum is usually incorporated into the base. It’s best to use them on low heat settings and with a splash more oil to avoid sticking.
We test these pans by cooking a range of different ingredients, such as meat, sauces, caramel, and rice, across gas, electric and ceramic hobs. If there’s a frying pan included, we flip pancakes and cook eggs, checking to see that heat is distributed evenly.
All our food cooked evenly, producing perfect fried eggs on every hob. We found each pan lightweight and easy to maneuver, but they remained steady too.
As such, they didn’t really need to go in the dishwasher, but it won't alter the lovely purple hue if you do. Uk For such an inexpensive set, our testers were mightily impressed by the performance of these pans across all hobs.
This pan from Swedish homeward giant IKEA offers outstanding value for money. It provided consistent results in all our cooking tests, and while the preheat was slower than some other pans, this is because the base is thick and of a good quality.
The simple and modern design feels premium, and we found this to be a sturdy, reliable workhorse of a pan. It has a very wide, flat surface area, so plenty of ingredients can be cooked at once, plus it’s heavy in an old-school, farmhouse kind of way.
Supreme temperature control The ability to accurately adjust the temperature with subtle precision, even after cooking over high heat, will provide you the greatest overall control, transforming your everyday cooking. It’ll mean that you can save food that you forgot about for a moment, cook all manner of eggs with precision, or perfectly simmer a midweek curry or risotto.