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When it comes to pans, Rachael Ray are a popular option to purchase. There is now an extensive range of pans available, with the 14-piece anodized set being very popular across the country. But when it comes to pans, sometimes we want to do more than fry an egg. Sometimes, plans go array, and we need to keep the food warm, or disaster strikes and our oven trays are out

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There’s nothing worse than when you slaved away over a delicious meal to have to deal with burnt pans afterward as well, especially if you’re the one doing everything. It can be seriously tempting to either want to cry and just leave them in the sink hoping they’ll clean themselves or just put them on a repeated rinse in the dishwasher until you can’t be bothered anymore. Burning pans is

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Cast iron pans, pots, and skillets are wonderfully versatile pieces of kitchen kit. They are almost indestructible, serving generations before they give out. I have a cast-iron skillet that belongs to my great-grandmother and will probably end up with my own great-grandchildren.  Cast iron cookware seems to have taken a bit of a hallowed position in the kitchen. There are rumors and secrets galore when it comes to cast iron

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I vividly remember the day my parents got quartz countertops in their kitchen. I was a teenager with little interest in kitchen counters. My mother’s strictures about what I could or couldn’t do on the new counters went over my head. Until a few days later when I took my saucepan of ramen off the stove and on to the new granite countertop. I still remember the look of horror

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Where’s that damn kitchen towel? Do I even own a trivet? Can I just put it on the countertop? Do any of the above sound familiar? If you’re anything like me, those questions are the constant litany that accompanies cooking in my kitchen. Every time I pull a pan or tray out of the oven I spend a minute or two dancing around trying to decide where to place it.

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Stainless steel is one of the most common materials used for cookware, especially the kind used by professionals. But it is often considered lesser than nonstick cookware. This is mostly due to the fact that stainless steel doesn’t often have a nonstick coating, which can lead to food sticking. This can be rectified, however, and stainless steel is still a great material for cookware. One of the reasons why it

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Everyone should own a few oven-safe pans because baking your food is almost always healthier and more nutritious than frying it. Frying food, whether you’re deep or shallow frying, requires a lot of calorific oil to keep the pan lubricated and your food cooking evenly. Baking, on the other hand, requires little to no oil. Rather than heat reaching the food from one incredibly oily direction, it’s hit from all

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Le Creuset is one of the most famous cookware brands in the world. They are renowned for their dishes, especially their iconic orange (or “volcano”) colored stoneware oven dishes.  But Le Creuset has so many more ranges that are both cookware and bakeware. The bakeware can, of course, go in the oven. But what about their cookware? Stove-to-oven cookware is becoming more and more popular. But not every frying pan

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 Cast iron cookware is the hulking, brute of the kitchen. It gets the job done and can handle a lot of use and abuse.  Glass cooktops are perhaps the complete opposite! They do a great job and have their own benefits, but they can’t be called strong!  If you’ve recently switched to a glass stovetop you might, even now, be preparing to part with your beloved cast iron skillets, pans,

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Frying pans, whilst designed specifically for job usage, can also be used in an oven. This cannot work for all frying pans, however, as different materials cannot withstand the heat of the oven. It is important to remember that frying pan handles are there to protect your hands from hot food on the hob, they are not there to withstand hot temperatures like the actual pan itself. This means that

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Cast iron cookware is like the pickup truck of the kitchen. It’s heavy-duty, hard-wearing, and overtly muscly.  Whether you got your cast iron skillet from your grandmother or you’ve invested in a new one, you’ll want to take good care of the skillet. After all, they’re not cheap bits of kit!  Perhaps most commonly associated with perfectly searing and cooking steaks, the cast iron skillet is actually an extremely versatile

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Red copper pans have come center stage in the cooking world and have taken the consumer market by storm. However, people are more skeptical about the quality and materials of cookware out there now more than ever, especially with the risk of harmful chemicals being used in non-stick cooking.  Red coppers pans are some of the best cookware on the market for easy cooking and clean up but still,l questions

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When cooking, we often find ourselves with a huge clean up job afterwards, and it is no fun at all! Who wants to spend time slaving over a delicious meal, and then have to tidy up and do the dishes? No one. This is why we love using the dishwasher so much, you can simply load it up, switch it on, and let the dishwasher work its cleaning magic for

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There’s been a lot of talk regarding non-toxic cookware in recent years, and one of the brands frequently reviewed or recommended is GreenLife. Today I’ll be discussing whether or not GreenLife’s cookware is truly safe to use. GreenLife created Thermolon™, which they claim is “the first natural ceramic nonstick coating.” Thermolon has a high resistance to heat, so unlike traditional non-stick coatings, it won’t chip or peel when overheated. It’s

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When it comes to cooking and your kitchenware, diverse pieces are always handy, aren’t they?  That one pot that can house the perfect curry or pasta, or the roasting tray handed down through generations to provide the ideal roasted vegetables, no matter the cooking level, these items are valued in your kitchen.  Some would argue there are none as diverse as a crockpot, the brand of slow cookers that essentially

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Is there a sight more homely than burnished copper pans hanging over an Aga? If there is, I’ve yet to see it.  Copper pans are very much in vogue now but copper is actually the oldest metal worked by human hands. The Egyptians were the first to shape it into bowls around the same time they constructed the pyramids.  It wasn’t for another few thousand years that copper was used

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Being able to use your pans in the oven can open up a whole new world of delicious recipes to home chefs.  So it's important to check that any new pans you purchase are oven safe.  In this article, we'll be talking you through All-Clad pans and whether they're oven safe. We'll also be sharing some tips on how to safely cook with pans in the oven.  Let's dive straight

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Non-stick pans have been game-changers in the cooking world, allowing us to cook all types of cuisines without using a tonne of oil to keep the food from sticking and saving us mountains of cleaning time afterward. However, there’s no play without work when it comes to non-stick pans as they need time and care when cleaning and looking after them to make sure they last. If you think you’re

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