Our ProCook team have pulled together their top tips for choosing a new cookware set along with two of their favourite recipes.
Heat some sesame oil in a large wok. Chop up 1 large onion and start to fry then add 2 large chicken breasts. Fry until cooked and golden - don't burn the onion! At this point put 2 discs of egg noodles in a separate pan to cook with water and a little soy sauce. Add 1 pak choi, 1 pack of bean sprouts, 4 large mushrooms and 2 large peppers (cut up nice and chunky). Make up stock with a tiny drop of water and add to pan with soy sauce. Add the noodles and stir it all together.
In a large pan fry 200g pancetta, cut into matchsticks, in the olive oil slowly so that it releases its own fat before becoming crisp. Cook 250g penne in a generous amount of boiling salted water then drain thoroughly. While the pasta are cooking, beat 6 egg yolks with 120ml cream and season with salt and pepper. Add 75g of freshly grated Parmesan. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and combine them immediately with the hot pancetta and the oil and then pour in the cream mixture. Stir well to coat each pasta piece. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg. Finally add another 75g of grated parmesan and serve.
This is the most important tip when you are choosing cookware – ensure you choose a set that is fully compatible with your hob type. Modern kitchens often come fitted with an induction hob, but as many of us have learned through experience, not all pans work on induction! ProCook have a huge range of induction cookware, so it’s a great place to start, and if you are in doubt about which pans are suitable for your hob, just ask in a store before you purchase.
When choosing which pieces to include in your cookware set think about the meals you like to cook and the pans you tend to reach for regularly, then base your set around those core items. If you’re not sure, then going for something like this 6-piece Professional Stainless Steel set with 3 saucepans, a frying pan, a casserole and a stockpot should cover all the bases!
It’s hard to know where to start when you are looking for a new cookware set but luckily we’ve got a specialist on hand to help. The ProCook team know just what to consider when you are replacing or upgrading your pans and they’ve offered us some basic tips to get us started on how to choose a cookware set.