Pans, Sauce and Frying 

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Here I am looking at two pans from different sources, the first an exclusive to Lakeland a different shaped saucepan. Second from JML a frying pan that is coated with stone and it then becomes truly non stick even in a dry pan.

Flare 20cm Saucepan with lid

Flare 20cm Saucepan
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This is truly different saucepan in that it has fins, so the normal round shape is somewhat changed. At the top it is still circular but around 3cm below the top on the outside the fins finish. At the base this 20cm saucepan is only around 15cm across inside the 24 separate fins that surround the outside of the unit. The inside is of course still circular.

Filling it to the top takes over 4pints of liquid. Most of my tests were conducted with less than half that as the items I was cooking took the rest of the space.

This is designed to work on gas with the flames heating the fins which heat the inside up to 44% quicker than a conventional saucepan

The pan will work well on other sources of heat.

The technology in the fins is called Fin-X which was developed in association with Oxford university. The fins are stated to be similar to those used in jet engine technology. What they do is push heat up the sides of the pan causing the correct heat to be reached quicker and then maintained with a lower setting.

The lid is glass with a metal band around the edge a single vent hole in the top.

The coating on the inside is a non stick one that makes cleaning quite simple.

I would suggest during your first uses to stay close as you may be surprised how soon it comes to the boil.

Flare also do a Stockpot 24cm and milk pan at 14cm.

The Flare 20cm Saucepan with lid is available from Lakeland stores or from their website for £64.99 with free delivery.

Regis Stone Scratch Resistant Non Stick Pan
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Regis Stone Frying Pan

Available in 20cm or 28cm sizes I see from their site that a reduction in overall cost is available for those who buy both. I was sent the larger size.

The claim made is bold that items will not stick to the pan even without the addition of fat or oil. Perhaps the biggest test is an egg, one not that fresh that the white stays together but spreads over the pan. This I tested on both a cold and already hot pan and the result was the same it did not stick.

Unlike normal non stick pans this item sold in the UK by JML has an ultra hard marble coating.

The pan itself is quite heavy at just over a kilo (1056grams).

I have tried other things that often leave a difficult to clean surface but the most this needed was a wipe over with a damp cloth when it had cooled.

The cleaning instructions are warm soapy water, do not use metal scouring pad and you should not place it in a dishwasher.

It has a solid step-fixed handle with a good solid 20cm length from the pan. 4cm from the pan is an indentation for the thumb or either hand.

After several weeks of abuse that I would not normally hand to my pans this is still performing without oil and best of all without any sticking.

The Regis Stone Frying Pan is available from the link below for £29.99.

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