The Occasional Epicure

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Friday, June 03, 2005

Desperately Seeking Saucepan...advice

With the mid-year sales having started this week, and a couple of generous gift vouchers burning a hole in my pocket, I've decided it's time to invest in some proper saucepans. But the range availabe in your average deparment store is a bit mind boggling! If I'm going to spend lots of money, I want to make sure I'm buying the right thing.

So I thought I'd put the question out there - I'll gratefully accept anyone and everyone's advice about which saucepans (and frying pans, etc) to buy or avoid...

Thanks in anticipation! :)

10 Comments:

  • At 9:48 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hey BrisKJJ

    My dearest frypan is my Scanpan. The nonstick coating is like magic. Ok so it doesn't caramelise terribly well (a good non-stick won't) but you can flip pancakes and fry eggs with utmost ease.

     
  • At 12:00 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    AG, Thanks for your reply! Can you really tap dance in your Scanpan like on the ad? ;)

    Seriously though, can it handle the rough treatment dished out by metal utensils etc?

     
  • At 5:20 pm, Blogger Niki said…

    I would personally say you need a Le Creuset something or other - pot, or pot with frypan lid or dutch oven or something similar....but living in Brisbane, I wonder if you'd really need it!! Certainly it's the type of thing perfect to buy with gift vouchers, as they're so expensive I doubt you'd do it on your own...and if you move somewhere cooler, you've already got the expensive cookwear for it! (although, having said that - the pot with frypan lid would be useful anywhere...)

     
  • At 8:42 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Niki, thanks for visiting my blog! And for your saucepan advice! Everytime I see Le Creuset stuff, I always think of Prue and Trude from Kath & Kim. And I can't help pronouncing it the way that they do, too :)

     
  • At 4:43 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Haven't tried tap dancing in it, but the fried egg flamenco is pretty darn hot!

    I try not to use metal on the Scanpan! And I'm never rough with it! Mon dieu! I'm reporting you to the CSPCKU (Culinary Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Kitchen Utensils!).

    You really do beat your eggs and flog your cream don't you =)

     
  • At 12:02 pm, Anonymous Sandra said…

    I would recommend pans from a catering shop (although this doesn't help with the previously mentioned vouchers). The equipment can take the abuse (I've had mine for ten years) and if it's good enough for a chef......

    Hope you find what you're looking for.

     
  • At 8:09 pm, Anonymous Barbara said…

    My first thought was a Dutch Oven but then I thought no probably not in Brisbane...and Niki has gone down that track too. Maybe a really good sauté pan with deep sides.

     
  • At 9:49 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Sandra and Barbara, thanks for visiting The Occasional Epicure, and thanks for your comments and suggestions!

     
  • At 7:39 pm, Blogger Lushlife said…

    Hi Hope it's not too late to offer some advice - I invested in two le cruset frypans one small saucepan and one dutch oven which I am using heaps at the moment. In retrospect one frypan is great - for Tarte Tartins and Dutch Babies especially. I have a couple of Escoffier saucepans and an Escoffier Saute pan great for pasta sauces - I chose them for their copper bases so they conduct heat evenly very well on lower settings . I am very happy with this lot. My other MOST useful purchase an omlette pan from Wheel and Barrow. I also think Philip Johnson form Ecco in his cookbooks recommends a brand of pans that is quite good.

     
  • At 8:48 pm, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    I have a le creustet oven and it is fantastic, I had their griddle pan and it was awesome (til my cat broke it) I have the stainless scanpan frypan and it is fantastic!

    Have a look at
    www.petersofkensington.com.au :)
    hth

     

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