Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to the worn cookware from your student days and upgrade your pots and pans to something a little more premium. With so much choice out there it can be hard to know where to begin, but our handy guide will soon have you cooking up a storm.
Using a cast iron pan really enhances the cooking process. It does this by evenly distributing the heat source and sealing the outside of your food as soon as you add it to the pan, helping to lock in the maximum amount of flavour, nutrients and moisture. Cast iron is also a great non-stick surface and works well on all types of hob.
Le Creuset is a classic, popular cast iron choice, offering French heritage in a rainbow of colours. Le Creuset products are built to last meaning your pans can be passed down for generations of delicious home-cooked food. For a slightly more affordable option, Denby have a fantastic cast iron range that even matches the Halo dinnerware ranges! For a more pared back style, Victor offer a range of everyday iron griddle pans with a simplistic Scandi design.
Many view stainless steel as the be-all and end-all material of hard working pots and pans. With a long list of benefits and recommendations from top chefs, stainless steel is a great option for the home and doesn’t have to break the bank. Due to its hard, rust resistant material, this type of pan is virtually indestructible, dishwasher safe and will last a lifetime. Possibly the best advantage of a stainless pan is flavour preservation; the steel doesn't leak any metallic properties into the food you are cooking and the lack of non-stick coating means there is no risk of little black bits in your dinner.
For a sleek and timeless design, Alessi offer a great range of stainless pans that promise both performance and longevity with their 18/10 material. Anolon is great for everyday essentials, offering the perfect pan for every dish you can think of and Essential collection have great starter sets at reasonable prices.
The clear winner for those who want a simple life. Never again will you need to worry about your dinner getting stuck to the pan, or having to throw away the first pancake. Choosing a set of non-stick pans can be cost effective and save you time in the kitchen. Teflon coated pans are also super easy to hand wash and generally very hard wearing, whilst still being lightweight. You can also cut down on the amount of oil used making it a healthier way to prepare meals.
With the healthy eating trend still on the rise and our understanding of how to save the planet continually growing, many brands are creating ranges of chemical free, eco-friendly pans that still deliver in terms of style and performance whilst promising naturally healthy, toxin-free cooking.
Crane Cookware have developed a range of striking cast iron pans with a specially formulated enamel coating, so you can still expect exceptional non-stick properties without any of the worries. They also have the added bonus of being made of 30% recycled materials! GreenPan offer next generation durable healthy non-stick pans that boast both high-end performance and non-toxic properties. Finally the Prestige Opti-Steel range gives you the opportunity to break away from classic pans to choose a more hygienic and eco-friendly option, with a pan designed for every dish.