“ Brand: Tefal / Product Type: Frying Pan „
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One of the most used items in my kitchen is my frying pan. My frying pan is from the Tefal range which is one I always associate with good kitchen ware.
I bought my frying pan from John Lewis. There were a variety of different ones to choose from but one of my main concerns was that it was not too heavy. I make a lot of pancakses and things that require me to lift up my frying pan whilst cooking so I wanted something that was easy to lift and not too big. We decided upon the 26cm pan which also comes with a see through glass lid.
The frying pan is non-stick which I'm pretty sure is all you can buy these days. I remember the old days when they made pans that were not non-stick and they were terrible to clean but these work well by not letting food really stick hard to the bottom once it is cooked and then it makes them easier to clean also. The Tefal pan comes with something called Pro-Metal non-stick coating which they say offers better protection against everyday scratching and abrasion. I have found this to be true, the non-stick coating has lasted well, I have had this pan for about 6 months now and the coating is still brand new. Of course, you do need to take some precautions to not scratch your pan. For example I only use a plastic spatula when cooking with this pan and not a metal spatula or metal utensils as these can scratch a pan if you use it too vigourously on the pan. Plus, when I fry meat in the pan I always add oil first to add some moisture to the pan to stop the meat sticking. I also never use a scourer to clean these pans and just rinse them straight after use and then use a soft sponge on them.
The bottom of this pan has a stainless steel base which helps to spread the heat evenly and so even though you have the flames concentrated on just a small space on the bottom of the pan you can really tell that the whole of the pan heats up well. I find this really useful when I am cooking a sauce and want to heat up the whole of the liquid and not just the middle part of it.
What I really love about this pan too is that it comes with a lid. The lid has a big round handle at the top of it so it is easy to lift on and off and is not too heavy although the handle does get rather hot so you do need to use an oven mitt when lifting this lid off. The lid is made of glass so it is see-through which is great when you are simmering foods to make sure that it is not boiling over too much or getting too hot and sticking to the pan. The lid fits perfectly around the pan so you have no worries about it falling off. If I have cooked something and need to keep it warm for a little while afterwards the lid is great for that as it really keeps the heat in too.
The pan cost me in the region of £30 which I thought was quite a good price and I can see it lasting for quite a while yet.