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When I moved into my house I bought a microwave saucepan, it was only a small one and cost just 99p, I had used one for years while I was at home nearly every morning for heating the milk for my cereal, I knew how handy they were so buying one was a must. However 2 months ago I was using it to melt chocolate over a pan of hot water and stupidly managed to melt the handle. The sauce pan would have been usable but it was stained and a bit battered so I looked for a new one and found just what I was looking for in a Lakeland store we have not very far from us.
The Lakeland microwave saucepan comes with a domed lid, something my other one didn't have, and cost me just £4.99, 5 times more expensive than the last one but so much better quality. It has a 13cm diameter and is 8cm's high. It has a capacity of 600ml's which is 1/2 a litre or just under a pint, ideal for what I wanted. The saucepan is made from a tough non stick polycarbonate material. Polycarbonate is a versatile plastic that is very tough and strong meaning this saucepan should be very hardwearing. The main thing that drew me to this particular saucepan though was the fact that it will not stain, or that was the theory only time would tell. Plastic microwave containers are very prone to staining particularly from tomato based foods and my last one was no exception so a saucepan that didn't stain sounded good.
The saucepan is suitable for a dishwasher if you have one, if not good old soapy water works just as well. Its also freezer safe but I personally wouldn't use this in the freezer.
I have had my saucepan for almost 2 months now and it has been used almost daily and I am pleased to say it is still as crystal clear as it was the day I bought it. Despite heating up beans, soup, curry sauce and so many other things there isn't a single stain on it, one or two scratches but no stains. I am really pleased with it its just ideal for a portion of baked beans or heating some milk to do cereal in the mornings, its also quick and easy to heat some soup up in it at lunchtime too.
Once I had bought this saucepan I looked on the Lakeland site and read a few reviews, a lot of them claim their saucepans have cracked, I can only speak as I find and so far after 2 months of use my microwave saucepan is in perfect working condition so therefore as far as I am concerned I would certainly recommend the Lakeland clear microwave saucepan.
We have bought several of these useful saucepans over the years (more than 6), and they do resist staining. However, a few have developed serious cracks across the bottom and have had to be returned to Lakeland for replacement. A few months ago, the central raised disk in the base of a clear plastic pan came away completely, leaking all the tomato ketchup from the baked beans we were heating onto the turntable dish. Yesterday one of our 2-month-old coloured pans was found to have a crack right across the base. I'm very uncomfortable taking a pan back to Lakeland yet again but it has been used carefully and never dropped. On a practical level, I would rather the pan had only one pouring spout as care is needed when pouring, as steam can come out of the "non-pouring" spout on to your other hand if you are holding the lid in place as you tilt the pan.
My partner works a variety of shifts including nights and weekends, whereas I work nine to five, Monday to Friday. As a result both of us frequently will be eating lunch or dinner alone. I do a lot of batch cooking- things like chilli, curry, lasagne, pasta bakes, soups etc that I can portion them up and pop them in the freezer. We can then take whatever we fancy out of the freezer the night before they are needed, and pop it in the fridge to defrost before heating it up when we come to eat it. On a lazy day we are both guilty of opening a tin of baked beans/ spaghetti/ soup, and just eating it with toaste or a jacket potato.
It is always quicker and easier to reheat things in the microwave. It is also more foolproof for my partner if he has come in starving from a 12 hour shift and needs to eat before he can sleep, as he can just pop the food in the microwave for three minutes and know that it will be cooked. I would worry he might fall alseep while waiting for something to heat up on the stove, and at least the microwave turns itself off!
The downside is that my plastic tupperware pots that we've been using to reheat the food have become stained. Anything tomato based seem to be the worse culprits, and have dyed my pots a delightful shade of orange. Curry has died some of them dark yellow, and the ones that had vegetable soup in have gone brown! They never look clean however hard I scrub them, yet I'm reluctant to throw them away as they are still functional.
I was very sceptical when I spotted this saucepan in the Lakeland catalogue, as it claims that the plastic will never be stained, not even from heating baked beans or spaghetti! The saucepan is made from non-stick polycarbonate, and costs £4.99. Given that Lakeland offer a lifetime no quibble returns policy, I decided I would give it a go and see how well it really faired with my curries and soups!
The saucepan has a 13cm diameter and holds 600ml. We have found this the perfect size for our needs, as it comfortably holds one or two portions of food. The pan comes complete with a lid, and the little spout on the lid also doubles up as a small air vent. We have both used this saucepan most days for about a year now, and unbelievably, the plastic has not stained whatsoever. It is a little scratched but otherwise looks as clean and new as the day I bought it. I really do find this incredible- I have no idea how they have made this plastic stainproof, but I am thrilled they have as it is so nice to have a lovely clean pan to use everyday. I am hoping Lakeland will develop a range of portable tupperware pots in the same material so that my partner can use them for taking his dinner into work, as the only downside is that a saucepan is a bit bulky for him to be carrying to work (I think he would also get a bit fo teasing from his colleagues if he turned up with his own saucepan!!).
The only food I have cooked in it that has tested its non-stick ability is scrambled eggs. When the eggs are hot, there has been no sticking at all. It is only when the pan is left to cool that I've found the cold eggy residue has stuck slightly, but nothing that can't be quickly removed with some washing up liquid and hot water. Incidentally, for those of you who are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, this pan is suitable to be cleaned in the dishwasher. It can also be put in the freezer and combination oven according to the Lakeland website, although I have had no need to do either so cannot verify its performance on that.
Our pan has recently developed a crack along the bottom. It started off just a 1cm crack but has slowly grown into a 5cm crack. It was still useable but I was worried that the bottom was going to give way and create an almighty mess. I gave this feedback to the lovely people at Lakeland customer services, who instantly offered me a replacement or a refund. They really do have exceptional customer service, and I was thrilled to get a replacement pan.
In summary, I think this is a fantastic saucepan that lives up to Lakeland's claims. I would have never believed it was possible to have a truly stain resistant pan, but I have now had to eat my words! It is well-designed and easy to use and keep clean, and please don't let the cracking issue I had put you off as I have seen no other complaints of this, and in any case, Lakeland's awesome customer service team will put things right for you. I thoroughly recommend this to all microwave users!
Thanks for reading :)
I have been looking for something like this for ages because I heat a lot of stuff up in the microwave and am sick of the food staining the inside of my microwave containers and jugs. Beans and spaghetti are the worst but even simple things like reheating stew makes the containers look so manky that I end up chucking them away when they've still got loads of life left in them.
This small saucepan from Lakeland is perfect though and the best thing is it cost me less than £4.00! It's exactly what it says it is and that's a small saucepan. A 13cm diameter pan with a lid that fits good but has got vents where the spouts of the saucepan are to let the steam out. The saucepan is made of "non-stick polycarbonite" and whatever that is it works wicked, I've had mine for about 6 months and have cooked loads of different stuff in it and it still looks as good as when I first got it.
The saucepan and lid are clear so you can see the contents cooking and it's dead easy to clean with Fairy liquid because the sauce of whatever's in it just slides off the plastic and you only have to wipe it with a cloth. You should always use the lid because you can tell the difference if you've used it or not because it keeps a lot of the flavour in, I've seen it more with beans because the juice bubbles more evenly when you use the lid.
I've cooked all sorts in it and some of the stuff I've been surprised that it hasn't stained the saucepan like when I warmed up chicken balti from the Indian and that stuff usually stains everything it touches. Nothing has stained the saucepan and it hasn't started getting that weird smell like a lot of microwave containers when they start smelling stale. Just to give you an idea some of the things I've cooked in it have been bolognese, curry, beans, tinned toms, soups including tomato soup and chilli sauce and I've used the pan at least 5 days a week for different stuff so for it to be looking as good as new is wicked!
You can buy the saucepan online and at the minute they're giving you a free mini pot made out of the same material and they look cute.
I am currently on a health kick so take a lot of food in to work so I don't end up eating junk, this normally consists of stews, bolognaise or the English classic curry. I make all these at home and use Tupperware boxes to transport the food.
We have a shared kitchen which nobody ever bothers cleaning so the state of the microwave really should be reported to DEFRA so I like to cover any food I put in it, unfortunately if I put my Tupperware boxes in the microwave it discolours them and gives them a horrible reddish brown tinge. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about! I can't stand this so always had to use a bowel with a plate on top to cover it which always gave me nasty burns when I took it out. It was a major issue in my work life, and then I saw this piece of magic!
This is a small pot costing about £4 with a lid, easy-pour spout and saucepan style handle made from a piece of plastic. I know it doesn't sound much but this particular plastic really is incredible. It will not discolour in the microwave, ever!
I have now used this on countless occasions to heat all sorts of concoctions in and it is still as clear and transparent as the day I purchased it.
The saucepan claims to be dishwasher safe and so far it has completely lived up to this boast, I take it home once a week or so and give it a hot wash in the dishwasher and it comes out sparkling and unmarked every time.
The handle has never got hot so the stock of ice packs in the first aid cupboard has stopped diminishing since I purchased this. No more second degree burns for me!
The pouring nozzle is great for soups making it easy to pour into a bowl, although I actually normally eat things straight from the pan anyway.
All in all a great little purchase and one that has genuinely made my life that little bit easier, I've actually got another one for home.
I found this little saucepan in Lakeland whilst I was looking for a microwave egg poacher. All the microwave items were three for the price of two so I thought I would give it a try.
I have had microwave saucepans in the past, but they have always been white and so within a few weeks of heating up tomato soup and beans they have turned a lovely shade of orange.
I often bring a tin of soup into work for my lunch but always make a mess of the microwave and spend half of my lunch break cleaning up splattered minestrone !!!
This has saucepan has saved my well earned lunch break, It is so good I even went back and bought three of them, one to keep at work and one each for my sisters.
What is it? = Basically it is a see through plastic saucepan with a lid, that can be used in the microwave to heat up a variety of different things including soups, sauces, porridge, scrambled eggs and beans.
Why is it worth getting ? = There are several benefits to this little pan
1 - It is stain proof so it will not turn the colour of the food you are cooking.
2- It is see through this is good to see if its bubbling, setting, exploding etc
3 - Comes with its own lid that fits perfectly, no more balancing plates on top of bowls that are too small, no more egg covered microwaves, just good clean fun.
4 - It has a long handle that doesn't get hot, this is one of the major benefits for me as on too many occasions I have taken a bowl of soup out of the microwave only to drop it everywhere because it was too hot to handle and oven gloves are far too cumbersome to hold a little bowl.
How much does it cost ?
The saucepan costs £3.91 from Lakeland stores or via their website. When I bought it they were on a 3 for 2 deal however looking at the website it seems the offer has changed to "buy any item from the Stain-Proof Microwave products and get a Microwave Mini Pot FREE! ".
I would really reccomend this to everyone who uses a microwave, it is clean, quick and easy. Simple and brilliant.
I like many of us out there do not often heat/cook on the hob like everyone used to since the good old microwave came along.Although the food is ready quicker and its more convenient there is often a problem....the state it can leave your plastic containers in.Cooking anything with a coloured element especially orange....well you end up with orange containers !! Well no more ...not with this amazing little saucepan.
I saw this when out shopping with a friend who is a massive lakeland fan and until that day as much as i had heard of the store i hadnt stepped foot in one.She showed me this little saucepan and told me how amazing it was so i thought id give it ago as i had about 3 different bowls at home which all had this awful orange staining on them.
This saucepan is made from non-stick polycarbonate material.On the box for the saucepan it states that it is impact resistent, temperature resistent & stain proof. I can say that i 100% believe this. I am the most clumsy person i know and this saucpan has fallen out of my hands countless amounts of times yet not a single crack, chip or dent in it at all.having now been using this saucepan for what must be over a year now and it is still spotless....you would think i bought it yesterday.
I use this saucepan to heat up everything in the microwave, beans, soup, rice pudding you name it and there is not a single remain on there.The saucepan is completely see through which is very helpful to see how you food is cooking.The lid is see through also so that doesnt restric your view either.
The saucepan comes up nice and clean when washed by hand but it can also go in the top compartment of the dishwasher aswell.
The price of this product is very reasonable too, It is £3.99 for the small sized saucepan but they also do a larger saucepan for £6.99.The store currently has an offer on that its 3 for 2 on their stain proof microwave products which is very good value for money.
The smaller pans dimensions are
13 cm diameter, 8cm Height - 600ml volume so you can fit most good sized cans in more than adequately.
An all round excellent product and amazing invention....now all they need to do is invent fabric for kids clothes that doesnt stain and they would be even better !! This product has also made me a bit of a lakeland addict so be careful it may have that effect on you too ...lol
One of my favourite household stores is Lakeland. I love browsing around their seasonal department, and also checking out what is new in store.
I have quite a few things in my kitchen, which I have purchased from Lakeland. I am going to write about one of them today, and this is, what I consider, to have been my best buy from Lakeland so far.
I think just about every home now has a microwave. I used to be constantly buy dishes and small white saucepans for mine, but not any more.
I bought my first microwave lidded saucepan from Lakeland about three months ago.
This small saucepan measures about 6 inches in diameter and stands about 3 inches high. It has two small spouts (one at each end) at the top of the saucepan. The handle is three inches long. The saucepan also has a lid with a small dome like knob in the centre.
It is made of non stick polycarbonate, and the entire saucepan, including the lid, is completely see through.
I use this saucepan for heating up soup, tinned vegetables, and custard etc. Family favourites in my home are tomato soup and baked beans. Before I bought this saucepan I used to always use, the white plastic saucepans in my microwave. I was constantly trying to remove the stains, caused by the tomato soup and baked beans. I could never find anything to shift these stains. Although I knew the saucepans were clean, I always thought that they looked dirty and grubby. I was forever throwing the pots out and buying new ones.
When I use my saucepan from Lakeland I never have this problem. I have found that the saucepan washes clean and bright every time, with never a hint of staining.
It is also excellent for cooking porridge in the microwave. My porridge never sticks in this saucepan, and every last drop ends up in my plate.
Because this saucepan is completely see through, I can see easily if my food is cooking properly.
Because this saucepan has a lid, I find that this greatly reduces the amount of splashes that usually splatter over the inside of my microwave. This cuts down the cleaning time on my microwave.
About two weeks ago, I accidently dropped my saucepan onto my kitchen floor (which is stone) and it did not crack or chip even slightly. I couldn't believe there was not a mark on it.
Lakeland claim that this product is:
As a user of this product I have to agree with this 100%. It is the best microwave saucepan I have ever bought. I have happily recommended this to my family and friends, and most of them have already purchased theirs.
I bought mine for £3.99 but they are now on a 'buy two and get the third free' offer just now.
Lakeland also do a larger saucepan in this design and it costs £6.99.
Made from non-stick polycarbonate material / Dishwasher safe