When I first moved into my own place from home 4 years ago after living with my parents for many years I found myself in quite a predicament! I had nothing. Both myself and someone I knew were in a flatshare and although we got the money together for a deposit and a months rent upfront we hadn't stopped to think about the small fact we had not a stick of furniture, a kettle.....nothing!
After panicking slightly we soon got sorted with an airbed each and a sleeping bag as a temporary measure and borrowed a kettle and I got to finding everything we needed on a really tight budget. At that point I needed cheap stuff to get by with and I didn't care about the colour of stuff or anything else.....things could be updated at a later date if need be.....which they of course were.
Ikea was my first port of call and I was lucky to have a huge store not far from where I lived. With a list to hand and only a few pounds that I could spare, I knew what I was after and only what I was after when I got there!
One thing I had spied on the Ikea website (www.ikea.com) was a frying pan. It cost under £1.50 when I bought mine but even now still only retails at the tiny sum of £1.75. I was worried it wouldn't be great but like I say I needed something cheap and cheerful as a 'get by' item and funnily enough this did get us by for about a year which for the price you really can't grumble about!
The frying pan itself is dark blue on the outside of it and round in shape, its quite shallow and has a diameter of 24cm. It is none stick coated inside and has a long and quite thick black plastic handle and its suitable to use on both gas and electric hobs.
It looks nice, is lightweight and of good size. However..... to me this item isn't just all that well made. The handle wobbled from day 2 of using it, the none stick coating worked well enough but it was easily scratched due to it being only a thin coating of the stuff and it didn't take long for the whole thing, particularly on the outside to look very used looking and a bit grubby.
However it cooked food well enough and distributed an even heat throughout the pan area and the none stick coating never came off on food thankfully. It was easy enough to wash up though couldn't take any hard scrubbing, again due to the none stick coating being so thin but it was ok to be soaked and wiped with a cloth or sponge but if I'd of had a dishwasher even though you could put this in there I personally wouldn't of.
This was ok for me and my needs and served me ok for the time I had it and I don't feel you can knock it for under £2.00 and although mine didn't last all that long if I'd of wanted to replace it, it wouldn't have killed me to but I did end up buying a better quality one without a wobbly handle!
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With us moving home and getting married in the last few years we have made some lifestyle changes for both financial and heal reasons. We eat out as a treat now not all the time and we like to make a nice fried breakfast as a treat. In the last 18 months we have gone through several frying pans and woks too. This has mainly been due to them become filthy and no amount of scrubbing cleaning them up. This is what prompted me to pick up an Ikea frying pan for around £1.60 but I believe the price is £1.75 now which still represents fantastic vaue for money. I wanted a frying pan to use and then feel that it didn't matter so much when it came to discarding it further down the line.
My frying pan is black and it looks like a normal frying pan. This is an aluminium frying pan with a plastic handle and the pan has a non stick coating in it. This frying pan is 4cm in depth which sounds tiny to be honest but it's a reasonable size for a frying pan. It is very light at just 0.4kg and this means when you have some food cooking in it that it's nice and easy to move round on your hob top.
This pan heats up very quick because it is aluminium and it takes jut seconds before you can start cooking whatever you want to fry. I was very pleased with this actually and surprised for the low price that I paid. I have cooked the meat for a wide variety of dishes using this pan. I have made everything from gammon steaks to mince meat with great results.
This size frying pan really is ideal for just two people. If we needed to cook meat for anymore people I think that we wouldn't have enough room in this frying pan to be honest. We are able to fry some vegetables with our meat and we can get a fairly generous portion each from this so while it is small it is certainly ample for our needs as a couple.
This pan is indeed a non stick pan that works very well. It has become dirty over time but this is just through regular usage. It can be quite hard to get stubborn stains off this but to be honest I find this with all frying pans really. On occasion I have to leave this on its own to soak in a bowl full of boiling hot water just to get some of the more stubborn bits of food off but I tend to rinse items when I have finished using them to make the washing up process that little bit easier.
Overall I would say that this frying pan has fared incredibly well, particularly considering its bargain price tag. I have never seen a frying pan for a cheaper price and I would have no qualms with buying another one of these again in the future. It works well, it heats up fast and it allows me to fry food which is exactly what i want it to do. I am giving this frying pan 5 out of 5 as while it is not the most stylish looking pan I have ever purchased it works very well and that's good enough for me!
I was in IKEA a while ago searching for bedding for our spare room and while I was there I couldn't resist picking up a few extra bargains. As usual I went a little crazy and among my purchases I bought an IKEA Steka Frying Pan.
I liked this frying pan firstly because of the price, it is very cheap and a real bargain in my opinion, also I liked the way it looked, it is a nice blue colour, is quite deep compared to other frying pans I have owned and looks rather stylish, even for the price.
This frying pan has a non stick coating on it, I have found that so far that it works really well and I haven't had any bother with my food sticking to the pan. However because of the non stick coating this pan is a little harder to wash as I cannot use a scrubbing brush to clean it or else it will get damaged, so sometimes it is a little harder to clean as I have to be careful with it so I do not scratch away the non stick.
I really like cooking with this pan, it is quite light which makes it easier to manoeuvre and handle. Also the handle is comfortable to hold which makes it much easier to control.
You can buy the IKEA Steka Frying Pan in IKEA stores or online for £1.50, I think that this is a great bargain and that it was a great buy.
I am really glad that I bought this frying pan as it is really good value for money and the quality of it has so far been great, I have owned mine for around 6 months and have had no problems at all, except for the extra time it takes to clean it.
Overall I think that this was a fantastic bargain and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good quality frying pan at a cheap and easy to afford price. Overall I would give this frying pan 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
When my old frying pan fell apart I had to buy one pretty much straight away as being a weight watchers member I have to have fried mushrooms and onions in pretty much everything i cook to bulk out my meals, so a quick trip to our local Ikea was in order.
Hunting around Ikea sometimes feels like being in a jumble sale as there is so many products to choose from but I must admit I was very impressed when I came across this frying pan.
It came as part as a double pan set although you can buy it on its own for around £1.70 ish but with the pan set I picked up it also came with a small frying pan that would be ideal for when we are camping.
We brought it for around £3.00 for both the frying pans and at first glance you can tell straight away that it is a non stick pan, something I can not live without. There is nothing worse than having to stand at your sink scrubbing at a pan for ten minutes.
The packaging was very simple. Clear transparent plastic covered the pans with a label stating what the product was. Inside there was instuctions on how to put the handle on to the smaller pan, although it wasnt rocket science to figure out how it is done.
After washing and drying the pan before use, i began cooking with it and i must say it was excellent. Nothing stuck to the bottom or sides of the pan and i was able to turn the food very easily. Even making bolognese I normally pour in the sauce straight into the frying pan once the mince has cooked and even this never stuck.
After eating and then returning to wash the dishes it was very easy to clean all the food from around the inside of the pan and it took the matter of seconds to get it looking like it had just come out of the packaging.
The only downfall i have found with this is that the handles do come very loose after a few uses and you have to get a screwdriver to tighten the screw that holds the handle on but it doesnt take 2 minutes to do this.
Very easy to use, wash and store in a cupboard because the sides are smaller than some i have seen.
I bought two of these Ikea Steka frying pans as short term stop gap frying pans. All of our stuff was in storage between moves and I needed some cheap basics to tide us over, pans and frying pans being some of those basics.
This is an absolute bargain at just £1.49, hence why I ended up buying two, I'd have just managed in the short term with one otherwise.
The frying pan is handwash only, but than again so are the majority of frying pans anyway. And it is suitable for use on any hob; gas, glass ceramic, or cast iron.
It is quite a lightweight frying pan, making it really easy to use and handle, even when full.
It does have a non stick coating, ok it's not the best non stick coating in the world, but what do you expect for just £1.49. I have found that occasionally some foods do stick; pancakes and french toast in particular do seem to stick - ordinarilly I wouldn't use any extra fat with both of these, but in the Steka frying pan I have to. On the whole though, for the vast majority of foods it is non stick.
It is quite a substantial size, it is 24cm in diameter, and it is 4cm deep.
The outside of the frying pan is a dark navy colour. It has a long black plastic handle, which is shaped to be very comfortable to handle, and which has a hole on the end to hang the frying pan from a pan rack if you wanted to.
Overall I was really impressed with these frying pans, especially when you consider the low price we paid for them. I would certainly reccomend them to anyone on a budget. I don't think they they would last as long as a more expensive frying pan, but I guess that doesn't really matter too much if they are just £1.49 to replace anyway.
Whenever I go and visit IKEA I am always looking around for top bargains and when I found a pan a few weeks ago for such a ridiculous price I was left wondering if it was a wise choice purchasing it.
The pan itself is like normal frying pans you see in most household product shops with the long handle and the apparent non stick surface. I want to dive into the actual appearance of my pan because it does seem cheap when you pick it up.
The pan was so lightweight in the store I kept wondering how it would ever heat up because it was so light and that perhaps is a good thing but a bad thing as well. The inside has a non stick surface and the outside has a plastic handle.
Underneath is the rings which help you cook the items inside the pan and that is basically it besides the fact I am sure I saw a dark blue one of these as well for sale but might have been wrong.
The item itself for me is good in many ways but has a few minor flaws as well. I put some mince inside and within a few minutes mince was cooking gradually and it was cooking throughout and I have to admit I have had pans in the past which seem to cook on the right hand side or the left hand side.
This pan tends to cook all the meat evenly which is fantastic for such a cheap item. I have cooked many items such as a stir fry and bacon and sausages as well and all items have come out very well. The pan heats up fairly quickly and the end results are superb.
One of the criticisms with the pan is that although it was cheap the weight of the pan is a problem. I had some bacon on the pan at the weekend and I sort of nudged the pan slightly and it nearly fell of the side onto the floor. A normal heavy duty pan this would not have happened so that is a slight issue.
The other issue I have had is that the pan can be a real pain to clean and if you have cooked something and left the pan on the side or accidentally over cooked an item such as bacon the outside of the pan has the burnt on bits which seem to take forever to come off.
I admit the inside of the pan even though I have scrubbed it with some scourers pads has remained clean and kept the colour which is fantastic.
The size of the pan I believe is around 25cm in diameter which is not a great size but big enough to cook items in which is the main purpose.
In terms of the price this is where most people have their jaws drop but it cost me just £1.39 and I am going to admit I would never have assumed the pan would be so good and worked so well for me.
I usually go out and pay large sums of money for pans and this was just a cheap alternative and to test how good it was and for me it was.
My friend recently took me to ikea as I needed a new computer chair. As is always the case with a trip to ikea I never return with just the item I had intended on buying and on this occasion one of the extra items I bought was the Steka frying pan.
==What is it?==
The Steka frying pan is an incredibly cheap pan selling at just £1.39 in ikea stores. The pan has a 24 centimetre diameter with a non stick base and plastic handle. It is made from aluminium and is navy blue in colour.
The pan is smaller than my other more expensive frying pans that I own but to be honest it looks no cheaper than them at all and you would never guess that the price was so cheap.
==Using the pan==
I have to say that as I had paid just £1.39 for this frying pan I was expecting that the first time I used it that it would end up with food stuck all over it and I would have to throw it in the bin! On the first time of using this frying pan my first thought was that it felt very light indeed. I wondered if this would mean that it was poor quality but this was not to be the case.
I poured a small amount of oil in to the base of the pan before cracking an egg in to it when the oil was hot and allowed the egg to cook a while before using my spatula to turn the egg over. I was actually amazed at how easily the egg was flipped over and it didn't stick at all to the pan which they do in my other frying pans sometimes. The performance of the pan actually surpassed all of my expectations and to be honest was better than that of my more expensive pan.
I have also used this pan to cook omelettes, scrambled egg, bacon, sausages and to brown off some chicken strips and again it performs really well. My only slight problem with this pan is that it is smaller than what I am used to so I would love it to be a bit larger. I combat this problem simply by using it along side my larger pan so it is not a major issue but does mean more washing up!
The pan is really lightweight as I mentioned earlier and I can sometimes forget and be a little heavy handed with it and knock it on the hob so I would advise that you take care when you use the pan and of course always makes sure children are nowhere near it. In general though the fact that the pan is light feels a good thing to me as it is light even with the food cooking in it.
I really wish that I had bought more of these pans when I was at ikea. I have used the pan lots over the past month and there isn't a mark on it. The non stick surface is absolutely brilliant as far as I am concerned and it showing no signs of becoming damaged or weakened.
The pan is quite versatile and I am sure that you could cook many things in it. It had quite a deep pan part too and so I think it could be potentially used as a wok too for stir fries or for making fried rice.
The cost of this pan is so miniscule that you could probably afford to buy a few of these pans rather than one more expensive one. The quality is excellent too but even if it were to only last me another month or two I know that I would have got my moneys worth. Perhaps for those that are very passionate about cooking and cookware this would not be suitable but I would say for your run of the mill home this is a perfect product and I would certainly recommend that should you be visiting ikea in the future that you pick up a few of these pans!
Thank you for reading my review!
My trips to Ikea are few and far between because of the distance we live from the store but there are a couple of items that are always on my shopping list - Batteries, candles and the Steka frying pan because in my opinion, you can never have too many of any of these items! This pan came to my attention years ago whilst discussing omelettes with a friend (as you do!) she said that the best omelette she has ever cooked was in the cheapest pan she had ever bought so I bought one of my own and ever since then I have been hooked on this staple kitchen item.
The Steka frying pan is 24cm in diameter and 4cm deep so it really is the perfect size for the perfect omelette and weighing only 290g it is easy and lightweight to handle even when it is full of food. The handle on this pan is made from plastic so obviously cannot be put in the oven and if the pan is used on a gas hob and gets too close to the flame, I have been known to melt it a little. The handle also has a handy hole at the end so it can be stored easily with a hook. The main part of the pan is made from lightweight aluminium which helps to spread the heat quickly and evenly to ensure food is cooked evenly and there are no "hotspots" which could cause burning.
This pan is an attractive shade of blue on the outside and on the inside it has a non-stick coating that stands the test of time extremely well - I always use a plastic or wooden utensil with the pan as metal would undoubtedly reduce the effectiveness on the non-stick. I have purchased cheap teflon coated pans in the past and the coating has worn or chipped away considerably quickly, but the non-stick remains very effective even after several years - I even cook scrambled eggs in my pan which is usually a nightmare to get off but with this pan it is a breeze and it has never let me down.
I have used this pan on a gas hob and more recently on a halogen hob and it has always been fine, but it is also suitable for use on electric rings, cast iron and ceramic hobs but you are advised to lift the pan on ceramic and not slide it in case it scratches the surface - the bottom has fairly rough rings on it for heat distribution I assume, and I could see it could easily scratch a susceptible surface. The guidelines that come with the pan state that it is not dishwasher proof because some detergents could damage the teflon coating, but to be honest I have always put mine I the dishwasher and they have come out none the worse.
I do not really use this pan for its intended use as fried food is not something that features in my diet but I find this an essential item for so many things. My other sauce pans are heavy stainless steel so tend to stick badly if I am cooking risotto or anything like that so this pan is always my first choice. It is by no means a high quality item but it is right up there on performance and I would struggle to find fault with it culinary wise, however it does not always clean up as well as I would like it to (but I think the same can be said for a lot more expensive cookware) and it also seems to retain odours (such as onions) for a few uses after which is why I regularly replace mine but when it is for sale for £1.01 this is hardly a hardship! I also take these pans camping - I know that they won't let me down, they cook food quickly and efficiently when gas usage is at a premium, are extremely light weight and if it gets damaged or lost it is not a major problem. At such a bargain price and excellent piece of equipment, I cannot recommend this highly enough and I am glad that I took the plunge into bargain cookware!