Product Type: Lakeland Cookware
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A very clever little pan!
Lakeland Small Stain-Proof Microwave Lidded Saucepan
Member Name: tina_teaspoon
Lakeland Small Stain-Proof Microwave Lidded Saucepan
Advantages: It really is stain resistant! Easy to clean, comes with lid, dishwasher safe.
Disadvantages: Mine cracked after a year but I was immediately sent a replacement.
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 :)
Summary: A wonderful little pan that really does live up to Lakeland's claims! Thoroughly recommended
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