Buying Guide: Cookware

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Cookware
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Here at George Home we have a great choice of cookware to match everyone’s needs. So whether you’re a student, a first time home owner, a serious home cook or a seasoned chef, you can trust us to have the exact cookware you’re looking for.

To help you make the right choice every time, there are some things you must consider:

  • What type of hob or cooker do you have in your kitchen?
  • What is the best pan for the type of food you wish to cook?
  • Do you need non-stick cookware?
  • Is your cookware dishwasher safe?

From different types of cookware materials to hob types and care, our handy guide has everything you need to know about buying cookware.

1.
Cookware Materials

Set of copper saucepans

Aluminium is both lightweight and an excellent heat conductor. The material’s low cost and great performance make it the ideal choice for new homeowners and new cooks. Most of our aluminium cookware has a special Teflon non-stick coating; they’re also dishwasher safe and feature riveted handles for added strength and durability. Also available in the George Home range of aluminium cookware are our easy clean, PTFE free ceramic coated pans. These pans are finished with a stainless steel base plate that ensures that they can be used on all hob types.

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Stainless steel is a strong, long-lasting material made from a blend of iron and other metals such as chromium and nickel (added to prevent rusting and tarnishing). A stainless steel pan is stain resistant rather than stain proof, and can resist most foods. However, chemicals found in coffee, tea, eggs, salad dressings, vinegar and mustard can cause a little discolouration. Stainless steel is very durable and won’t easily chip, flake or scratch – and it’s also easy to clean. Since it’s a poor conductor of heat, it’s often bonded with better heat conducting materials like aluminium or copper to improve the performance of the cookware. All our stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe and comes with riveted handles for extra strength and durability. Please remember: not all stainless steel pans are suitable for induction hobs, so always check the packaging before you buy.

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2.
Hob Type

Two saucepans over oven burner flames cooking food

A solid plate is another type of electric hob with a cast iron top. Unlike a radiant ring, this electric hob can be tricky to control heat-wise. Although the solid plate is suitable for all types of cookware, we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid wasting heat. Again, try not to slide the pan on the hob as this can damage the ring surface.

This is an electric hob with a glass surface covering halogen lamps that generate the heat. Halogen hobs are suitable for all types of cookware, but we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid heat wastage. One drawback is that pans with a shiny base can reflect the light back down to the lamps and cause the hob to switch off. Sliding the pan on the hob can damage the glass surface.

Gas hobs give instant heat with fingertip control, and they’re suitable for all types of cookware. Please regulate the flame carefully to make sure it doesn’t extend up the side of the pan – this not only wastes energy, but it can also damage the pan handle.

This is an electric hob with a glass surface that works by creating a magnetic field between the pan and the element. Whilst the pan heats up, the hob surface remains cool to the touch. Only cookware made from magnetised (ferritic) stainless steel, cast iron or pans that have magnetised stainless steel bonded to the base can be used on this type of hob. As with all glass hobs, sliding the pan on the hob can damage the surface.

A ceramic hob is an electric hob with a glass surface. Although these hobs are fine for all types of cookware, we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid wasting heat.

More commonly known as Rayburns or Agas, solid fuel hobs create very high temperatures that are difficult to control. It’s best to use cookware with a thick base to help handle the heat.

Commonly found on electric cookers, this type of hob is suitable for all kinds of cookware. Try not to slide the pan on the hob as this can damage the ring surface.

3.
Caring for your George Home Cookware

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Recommended care instructions for your George Home cookware:

  • All our stainless steel cookware, carbon steel cookware and aluminium cookware is dishwasher safe
  • Steel wool and other abrasive cleaners can spoil your cookware and damage the non-stick coating
  • Always use plastic or wooden utensils as metal utensils will damage a non-stick coating
  • Allow pans to cool, then soften any food remnants in warm, soapy water before cleaning
  • Never slice or chop food when it is still inside the pan
  • Adding salt to cold water in a stainless steel pan causes salt stains and rusting, so only add salt to boiling water in these sorts of pans
  • Don’t let your pan boil dry as it can affect stability and damage a non-stick coating

Test the temperature of the oil by adding a small piece of bread; if it crisps quickly then the oil is hot enough to start frying. Never fill more than a third of the pan with oil.

Warnings

  • Chip pans can cause fires
  • Never leave a chip pan unattended
  • If the oil starts to smoke, immediately take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool
  • If the chip pan sets alight, never use water to extinguish the flame as this causes a fireball

4.
Caring for your George Home Cutlery

Black crockery and chopping board with gold cutlery

Your new cutlery is made of stainless steel, which resists most stains to keep them looking at their gleaming best. However, please be careful with the following foods as they can cause your cutlery to discolour:

  • Coffee
  • Vinegar
  • Tea
  • Mustard
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Salad dressing

Always wash your cutlery straight away after you use it. Clean any food remnants from your blades and never leave your cutlery soaking in water for more than a few minutes.

Remember: although your cutlery is dishwasher safe, always hand wash and dry them to keep it looking pristine.

Be extra careful when cleaning your knives – they can corrode (with ‘pitting’ or ‘spotting’) more than forks or spoons as they are made of a different type of stainless steel which contains more carbon to help them stay sharper for longer.

To protect them, keep them away from:

  • Water with a high mineral content
  • Salty food deposits
  • Acidic substances such as lemon detergent or tomato based foods
  • Un-dissolved particles of detergent

To prevent further corrosion when washing your knives in the dishwasher, group your knives into a separate basket to your forks and spoons and keep them apart in order to prevent contact between the different metal alloys.

Wash in a mild detergent directly after use, then rinse in clean hot water and dry immediately.

To protect them, keep them away from:

  • Water with a high mineral content
  • Salty food deposits
  • Acidic substances such as lemon detergent or tomato based foods
  • Un-dissolved particles of detergent

Try not to overfill the extra detergent opening – this can spill detergent straight onto your cutlery and form a damaging build-up of film.

Don’t use the rinse and hold cycle. Remove knives after the last rinse cycle and hand dry them (the final drying cycle can increase the chance of your blades discolouring). Alternatively, simply use your dishwasher Energy Cycle. Group your knives together in a separate basket to your forks and spoons and keep them apart to help prevent your knives from rusting. If a detergent film builds up on your cutlery, simply hand dry them to make them shine like new. Always remember to load forks and spoons handles down, tines and bowls up and knives in a separate basket with sharp ends down.

Caustic detergents or water with a high mineral content can rust or stain your cutlery. If this happens, give it a quick buff with a little stainless steel polish, then wash thoroughly. If you need to remove stubborn stains or rust, use a non-abrasive stainless or metal polish that won’t scratch your cutlery. Use a damp cloth to apply the cleaner – being extra careful when polishing the blade.

5.
Guarantee

Set of silver saucepans on a worktop

Our George Home Cookware Guarantee covers the function, materials and workmanship of selected products for a full 15 years from the date of purchase. To qualify for the guarantee, we do ask that you use and clean your cookware as outlined in the recommended care instructions.

  • Workmanship
  • Base stability
  • Functional properties
  • Defective materials (where this can be shown)
  • Non-stick properties (where applicable)
  • Dishwasher care (where applicable)

  • Changes in appearance (unless they significantly impact how the product performs)
  • Damage caused through incorrect storage, inappropriate use or abuse
  • Normal wear and tear, cuts, scratches or impact damage
  • Damage caused by not following the recommended care instructions
  • Damage caused by using abrasive materials and cleaners
  • Damage caused to a non-stick coating by using metal utensils
  • If the product has been used outdoors, including on a barbecue
  • Non-domestic use, for example in a professional kitchen or café
  • Any consequential or incidental damage suffered by any person

  • To investigate the validity of a claim – it is at our sole discretion to determine whether there is a valid fault with the product
  • If there is a valid fault we will replace the product free of charge
  • If the item is no longer sold by George Home then we will provide an appropriate replacement of similar quality
  • Please remember – we are not responsible for any repair work that we do not authorise

Simply return the product to your local Asda store with your guarantee and proof of purchase.