I’m not sure when I started amassing a collection of pots and pans, but what I have come to realise it the fact that I cannot help myself when it comes to a good pan. I’ve brought them home from holidays abroad, got them as presents and more recently I’ve been happily reviewing pans for top cookware company Stellar Cookware. Good pans are essential in a kitchen.
This month I’ve been testing out two of Stellars’s Rocktanium pans in the Wee Pinch of Sugar kitchen and if you’re looking for new quality non stick pans then this review is for you.
Stellar Rocktanium – Stylish, Versatile, Durable
The stylish and versatile pans have a tough, non stick coating with a distinctive and stylish ‘stone’ appearance. Thanks to a new titanium based formula, Quantanium, this PFA-free coating gives a scratch resistant surface that is claimed to be more durable than conventional non stick.
There are five frying pans in the Rocktanium range and they are available in the following sizes – 20/24/26/28/30cm.
The 24 cm sauté pan comes with a stylish vented glass lid.
The Rocktanium range has been created from thick aluminium with an induction base to ensure even heat distribution; they are suitable for use on any hob type and are oven safe up to a temperature of 210c.
I put the pans to the test on my induction hob with a number of different foods and was impressed by how well they performed. In addition to the non stick performance and versatility I was very impressed by the heat distribution and pans ability to hold heat.
The images below are from actual dishes I cooked for family meals.
When cooking fish with skin on in a stainless steel it can be difficult to get a nice crispy skin that doesn’t stick to the pan. The ‘Rocktanium’ surface was ideal and the salmon cooked with perfect crispy skin and no problems with sticking.
The saute pan is a real winner on versatility. It’s become a real favourite in the kitchen as it lends itself to so many different dishes. With its stylish stone finish it’s also a perfect oven or hob to table serving dish.
I cook a lot of fish in stir fry recipes and curries and again the saute pan is a good choice for cooking this type of one pan dish with no risk of the ingredients sticking to the pan.
Pasta sauces are another quick favourite in our house and the saute pan came out on top for this. Also ideal for adding the pasta straight into the pan to serve.
Browning meat for casseroles is essential and I prefer to do this in a non stick pan rather than a stainless steel pan. No chance of that happening with the ‘Rocktanium’ and also the added advantage of using less oil.
We used the Stellar Rocktanium pans in the Marine Harvest Kitchen Theatre at the recently held Scottish Salmon Festival. Over two days the saute pan and the frying pans performed well with some heavy duty road testing at high temperatures and the chefs were very impressed with the performance. Even after constant cooking and washing by five chefs, the pans looked like new.
The two Stellar Rocktanium pans have been well tested both in the Wee Pinch of Sugar Kitchen and by the Chefs at the Scottish Salmon Festival and did not disappoint.
Stellar Rocktanium come with a lifetime guarantee and a five year non stick guarantee.
Prices start at £25 for a frying pan. Information on stockists can be found on the Stellar Cookware website.
Disclaimer Stellar Kitchenware provided the pans for this review. A ll opinions expressed are my own.