A Shopping Guide to Sauté Pans

Cooking is a wonderful way to express yourself and for many it is a pastime that can be really loved and enjoyed. To make life easier for you when you are cooking it is important that you have the right cookware and tools for the task at hand. By using this shopping guide to sauté pans you will be able to understand what you should be looking for in the perfect pan and what you should be avoiding.

Design

A good sauté pan will have a base that is wide and flat that gives plenty of surface area for cooking. The sides of the pan should be straight and not too shallow so that the food that is being prepared inside does not spill out when the pan is being moved from side to side. The idea of cooking with a sauté pan involves browning the food in it quickly or heating ingredients for prolonged periods. In short a sauté pan is quite a good all-rounder in the kitchen as it is so versatile.

Materials

Sauté pans must be excellent conductors of heat as amongst other things, they are used to brown food. It is therefore a good idea to choose one that is made from a metal that is heavy gauge. Copper sauté pans are some of the most popular types as this metal will conduct heat very well and as it can cool quickly; it will not burn food when taken off the heat, unlike some other pans. So if you like to cook foods that have very specific cooking times, a pan made from copper will be the perfect choice.

Pans made from stainless steel are also good, but you must make sure that you select one that has a copper disk that covers the whole of the underside as this will help to prevent hot spots. Don’t go for sauté pans that have a non-stick surface as they can often reduce the heat of the pan, leading to poorly and unevenly cooked food.

Other requirements

A good sauté pan will have a long handle that will not get hot even when it has been in use for some time. If you are buying a stainless steel pan try to find one that has a hollow handle or one that is made from a different metal. Both of these types will have cooler handles which prevents you from getting burnt. If the pan is quite large and becomes heavy when it contains food a sauté pan with a helper handle at the opposite side can be useful.

For ease of use a sauté pan that has a lid is worth buying as it will allow you to cook even more dishes. Inspect the lid carefully and make sure that it fits correctly on the pan; there should not be any gaps between the two surfaces as this can reduce the heat within.

What to avoid

As well as knowing what you should be looking for you should also know what to avoid when buying sauté pans. Cheaper products might seem attractive if you are on a budget, but these are usually low end and will not last. Similarly pans that have any dents in them will not conduct heat properly and can make life difficult in the kitchen.  Visit http://www.cooksparaphernalia.co.uk to select from a range of sauté pans.

ConclusionSauté pans are a great addition to any kitchen and when you know what you should be looking for buying one is a simple task.