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What is Uncoated Cookware?

Uncoated cookware is popular due to its durability & impressive heat conductivity. Find out more with our guide on uncoated pots & pans.

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Uncoated cookware, also known as uncoated stainless steel cookware, is a popular choice and can be commonly found in kitchens. The appeal of uncoated cookware stems from its incredible cooking performance - a stainless steel frying pan, saucepan, chefs pan, and wok can heat up quickly and retain heat for even and consistent cooking.

The benefits of uncoated cookware do not stop there, and our selection of uncoated and stainless steel cookware can make cooking delicious meals a lot easier and much more fun. Like all of our pots and pans, our uncoated pans and pots are durable, easy to clean and reasonably priced, making them low maintenance and cost effective pieces of cookware for new and master chefs. Read our in-depth Pots and Pans Buying Guide for more information.

Although uncoated cookware is not a new phenomenon, you may not be too familiar with how to use uncoated cookware properly and the correct way to care for your uncoated pots and pans. Here is a ProCook guide dedicated to uncoated pans in the hopes of answering all your uncoated cookware queries.

Unlike non-stick pans that have a coating on them, uncoated cookware is exactly as the name suggests - free from any form of coating. While there is nothing unsafe when cooking with uncoated cookware, you should refrain from cooking highly acidic foods in your uncoated frying pan and saucepan as this can cause leaching.

Leaching simply means that a small amount of metal could leach into your food during the cooking process. If your pan does leach, it is usually a trace amount.

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How to Use Uncoated Frying Pans and Saucepans

Learning to cook with stainless steel pans can not only unlock your culinary potential but protect your uncoated pots and pans too. Using the wrong utensils can cause scratches that impact your cookware's performance.

How to Preheat a Stainless Steel Pan

Learning to preheat stainless steel cookware is incredibly important as incorrect preheating can make food more prone to sticking. To stop food from sticking and burning to your pan, you need to ensure that the pan is hot enough for oil to be added. You can do this by putting an empty pan over medium high heat and dropping a small amount of water inside. Once the water has fully evaporated, you can add oil to the pan.

How to Cook with Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

A preheated stainless steel pan is simple to cook with due to its anti-sticking properties. However, to promote the Maillard reaction, which is the intense and quick browning of food, you should ensure that the food is room temperature and dried with a paper towel.

Stainless steel is a great heat conductor and retainer, which is why it can produce deliciously browned food. The best way to achieve browned food is to use an uncoated frying pan or saute pan (also known as a chefs pan). We have a variety of uncoated pans designed to conduct high heats for optimal browning that will add flavour and skill to your cooking.

You might need these:

Our beautiful Elite Try-Ply uncoated 12 piece, including 14, 16 & 18cm saucepans; 22, 26, 30cm frying pans; 20 & 24cm stock pots; 20cm steamer insert; 24 & 28cm shallow casseroles; and a 28cm wok.

Professional Stainless Steel Frying Pan Uncoated 20cmTypical Price £49Only £34Shop Now
Elite Try-Ply Frying Pan Set Uncoated 22 & 26cmTypical Price £194Only £99Shop Now
Elite Try-Ply Cookware Set Uncoated 6 PieceTypical Price £599Only £329Shop Now
Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set Uncoated 4 PieceTypical Price £209Only £149Shop Now

How to Season Stainless Steel Pans

Seasoning pans is typically associated with woks and cast iron, but did you know that you can also season a stainless steel pan? However, always check whether seasoning is required. None of our stainless steel pans require seasoning and are ready to use after a quick wash.

For pans that do require seasoning, here's how you typically go about doing so. Seasoning stainless steel pans is less tricky than seasoning cast iron. All you need to season your uncoated cookware is:

  • Oil with a high smoke point (e.g., vegetable, grapeseed, and avocado oil)
  • Soap and water
  • Paper towels

Once you have the required items, follow the following steps to season your pan.

  1. Wash your pan in hot and soapy water. The soap will ensure that the pan???s pores are cleaned and ready to be filled.
  2. Dry your pan and place the pan on the stove. Use a medium heat to preheat your pan so that the pores open up.
  3. Once the pan has heated up, drop a small amount of oil in the pan and use a wad of paper towels to carefully wipe the oil around the inside of the pan so that there is a thin layer of oil covering the entire pan's interior. If you do not have enough oil, add another small amount.
  4. Leave the pan until it starts to lightly smoke. Once this happens, remove it from the burner and allow it to cool.
  5. Use a fresh wad of paper towel to wipe off any excess oil. Do not be alarmed if there is none.

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How to Care for Stainless Steel Pans

All cookware deserves the recommended amount of love and care to ensure that they remain clean and continue to work to the best of their ability. Accidentally damaging your uncoated pans can be a costly mistake that not only impacts your bank account but could also affect your cooking.

TIP: We have a product care guide to ensure the integrity of your cookware does not waiver, but always read the individual care instructions assigned to each pot and pan.

We also have a How to Care for Your Cookware guide, which offers guidance on how to clean and care for all your pots and pans - taking into account the material.

Here are some general care tips for stainless steel pans:

  • Keep your uncoated cookware from warping by leaving them to cool. Placing your stainless steel pots and pans into a sink of cold water can cause the metal to warp because of the extremes in temperatures.
  • Use a light scouring pad or sponge to clean your stainless steel pots and pans but keep from using steel wool as this can cause large scratches that could affect the cookware's performance.
  • For large and stubborn stains, you can place baking soda in the centre of the pan, add water and place the lid on top. Bring the water to a boil and once the water evaporates, it will leave a film of baking soda on the saucepan's walls. Grab a scouring pad and scrub it off.

Can Stainless Steel Pans Go in the Dishwasher?

Like most stainless steel pans, our collection of uncoated pans and stainless steel cookware are dishwasher safe. However, always read the individual care instructions that are assigned to all our pots and pans.

Using the correct cleaning products and dish brushes can increase the lifespan of your cookware and safeguard their cooking performance. We offer a variety of cleaning products specially designed to care for your cookware like our stainless steel cleaner that can polish and keep your pots and pans from building up with grime.

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ProCook Silicone Scrubber HeartTypical Price £5Only £3Shop Now
ProCook Stainless Steel Cleaner 500mlTypical Price £13Only £9Shop Now

There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to cookware. Everyone has their own preferences and needs when it comes to pots and pans, but when it comes to uncoated cookware, investing in high quality stainless steel frying pans and saucepans can be cost effective and produce better results due to its incredible durability and cooking performance.

What is the Best Uncoated Cookware?

Our Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set. Uncoated 8 piece set including 14, 16 & 18cm saucepans; 20 & 28cm frying pans; 20cm stock pot & steamer; and 24cm casserole dish.

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