Essential pots and pans -
There’s more to choosing a frying pan than simply deciding on the size. Here’s what you need to know before you start shopping.
Zwilling Twin Choice Cookware 28cm Coated Frypan
With a flat base and aluminium core that heat foods evenly and efficiently, this pan is constructed of solid aluminium and Ceraforce Ultra non-stick coating. Hand wash only, and suitable on all heat sources.
Staub 26cm Frying Pan with Cast Iron Handle
Versatile, matte black cast iron with an enamelled surface. Start on the cooktop and transfer to the oven to finish the cooking process. Pouring spouts on sides prevent messy spills.
Ballarini Bologna Granitium 28cm Frypan
Suitable over gas, electric and induction cooktops, this pan has a non-stick mineral stone granitium internal coating, which is metal-tool safe and very durable. A Thermopoint indicator on the handle shows when the pan reaches the ideal temperature.
Zwilling 28cm Base Frying Pan
A great stainless steel pan is durable and resistant to scratches. It conducts heat right to the rim, and is suitable for cooking over all cooktops, including electric, gas, ceramic and induction.
Ceramic-coated pans (above) are made for those who like to cook without adding oils and fats. These pans are best used over a gentle heat for cooking healthy vegie meals. Ceramic coatings are PTFE and PFOA free, but still exhibit excellent non-stick properties.
Non-stick pans are lifesavers when it comes time to cook foods like fish, vegies, pancakes or eggs. They work best over a gentle heat and are great if you prefer to cook with little-to-no fat in the pan. Extend the life of non-stick pans by only using wooden or plastic utensils for stirring and flipping, as scratches can damage the coating.
Stainless steel pans are another good option for the perfect sear, but this material is flavour-neutral. High-quality products can withstand high temperatures, which is perfect for frying, and high-grade stainless steel is very hygienic. You’ll need to add fat or oil to the pan and let it heat through before adding ingredients for cooking.
Cast iron pans are great for searing, adding a delicious crust to steaks. Cast iron intensifies flavours and gives off a delicious roasting aroma. It conducts heat evenly and retains it exceptionally well, and a good cast-iron pan can last you a lifetime. It’s suitable for all cooktops (electric, gas, ceramic and induction).