Cookware Review: Calphalon One NonStick 10pc Cookware Set

calphalon-one-nonstick-cookware-setOur latest review is for the Calphalon One NonStick 10pc Cookware Set.

This set includes 2 fry pans, a saucepan, chefs pan, skillet and a stock pot.

I like the Calphalon One Nonstick range. They are durable and strong, the lids are solid and clean up is an absolute breeze.

Read the full review here: Calphalon One Nonstick 10pc Cookware Set

Cooking Without My Jamie Oliver Tefal Cookware

jamie-oliver-grill-panI am currently out at our property in Tara, Queensland which is in a rural area far from what I consider to be the civilized world. My husband felt we were bringing quite enough stuff so I had to leave behind my Jamie Oliver frypan and skillet. It’s not that I am without the necessary utensils to create a meal, I have my Sunbeam electric frypan, turbo oven and an assortment of cheap brand frypans and saucepans, Weber and gas range. It’s just that now I have moved up to the better quality cookware I really miss all it’s great features.

After all Jamie Oliver cookware has a fantastic non-stick finish which means even the eggs don’t stick to the pan. Believe me the horrible mess of eggs I am serving up at the moment is not a pretty sight. Everything sticks to the cheap frypan and burns in parts even with the heat turned right down. This is something I am no longer used to as my T-Fal frypan has a red spot that lets me know when the pan is at the right temperature to add food and because of the conductivity of the metal used, it reacts quickly to changes in temperature.

Not only does my lovely Jamie Oliver cookware make cooking a breeze, it also washes up quickly and easily. A task that is not quite so easily undertaken with the cheap homebrand frypan.

So as much as I am enjoying the peace and quiet, the goannas, the ducks, the kangaroos bouncing over the paddock and sitting by the fish filled dam, I am missing my great new cookware.

Speaking of Goanna’s, this fellow came to visit while I was sitting out by the dam, throwing bread to the fish. I have been told that they make great eating but I am content just to take his photograph.

Cookware Review: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Saute Pan

Our first review for the Rachael Ray line of cookware has just been added. We decided on the oval saute pan as this is a very popular piece in the Rachael Ray range.

Rachael Ray was definitely thinking outside of the box when she designed this range of cookware. This pan is quite unique with its oval shape and bright orange trim.

We like it. It’s modern and fun but most importantly it does the job.

Read the complete review here: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Saute Pan Review

My New Jamie Oliver Professional Series Tefal Grill Pan

Jamie Oliver Grill PanOn Friday night I finally succumbed and purchased the Jamie Oliver Grill Pan and today I cooked Porterhouse Steak for lunch.

Wow, this pan cooked the meat to perfection and because it has the shark’s tooth ridges which transmit heat to the ridge peaks, it chargrills perfectly.

This is the 28×24 (approx 11″x 9″) cast aluminum grill pan has prometal non-stick interior/exteriors. And what is prometal I hear you ask – well it is Tefal’s premium multi layer coating that is reinforced with ultra hard minerals making it metal utensil safe and super easy to clean.

Being a T-fal product it has the red thermal spot indicator that lets you know when your pan is pre-heated to the right temperature that will seal in the flavor.Tefal Red Spot

The pan is of course dishwasher safe.

Jamie Oliver and T fal have produced what I would consider to be one of the best ranges of cookware for the home cook, that is available on the market today.
I am so thrilled with with all the pieces of Jamie Oliver cookware that I have purchased recently and I am sure you will as well.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Non-Stick Cookware

advantages-disadvantages-of-nonstick-cookwareNonstick pans are extremely popular these days, but are they right for you? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this popular cookware choice, to help you decide for yourself.

Advantages of Nonstick Cookware

  • Generally made of aluminum, which is less expensive than other options such as stainless steel or copper.
  • Food sticks and burns less easily, meaning that your meals will turn out better.
  • Easier for the cook – you don’t have to spend as much time stirring or turning the food.
  • Requires less cooking fat to prevent sticking, which leads to healthier cooking.
  • Great for use with fried or breaded food items which could otherwise break apart in the pan.
  • Easier for inexperienced cooks, or those who may be distracted during cooking by phone calls, work, or children.
  • Needs less sensitive touch with the heating element.
  • Easy clean-up, since food doesn’t burn onto the pan.
  • There are no known health risks for humans from preparing foods on non-stick pans.

Disadvantages of Nonstick Cookware

  • Easy to damage if used with metal utensils or scouring pads.
  • Cannot be used at high temperatures or the non-stick coating could melt.
  • Pet birds can be sensitive to fumes emitted by some overheated non-stick pans.
  • Stovetop only – not for use in the oven.
  • More difficult to brown or caramelize foods.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.