Cookware User Guides
SCANPAN has developed two comprehensive guides to help you take care of your pots and pans.
Take care of your pans - correct heating
Heating up pans isn't hard, but it's important to bear a few things in mind for the best results – with your food and in terms of the longevity of your kitchenware. "Quality pans with an optimal base thickness are good at retaining heat, but it's important to heat the pan for a sufficient amount of time before adding food (approx. 2-3 minutes) so that the pan's sides also heat up. A pan that has been thoroughly heated through will hold its temperature better when you add meat or vegetables. Once the pan has been thoroughly heated, add your fat and continue cooking at a lower temperature (approx. 2/3 of the original heat)," is what Henrik Hansen, Quality Manager at SCANPAN has to say about heating pans.
Hansen continues: "Turn the head down from full, so that the pan's temperature doesn't overheat while you prepare the food, or if you get distracted by your phone, for example. On an induction hob, this can be a matter of seconds if the pan is on full heat.”
Nonstick effect gone
Are you familiar with this problem? You've bought a pan with a nonstick coating, you use it for frying and the nonstick effect starts to deteriorate.
Henrik Hansen can also help avoid this issue:
The reason the slip effect deteriorates, or even disappears completely, can be because you have subjected your pan, with e.g. oil, to overheating and other treatment that your nonstick pan is unable to withstand.
Overheating typically happens when oil or fats get too hot, not the pot or pan. If the oil gets too hot, it can burn and stick to the nonstick coating, which then deteriorates over time. If the oil is smoking then it's too hot,"
Did you know?
SCANPAN's nonstick cookware can handle temperatures higher than 95% of the fats used in the kitchen.
Correctly heating your pans is all about timing, so if you choose to heat using high temperatures, make sure it's only for a few minutes at a time.
Use your pots and pans in the oven
Pots and pans that can go in the oven give you more ways to use your kitchenware. It can also reduce the amount of washing up; for example, if preparing a tarte tartin, you can use the same pan for both caramelising the apples and cooking the tarte in the oven afterwards. And SCANPAN's roasting pans can, for example, be used for both browning the meat on the hob and for roasting directly in the oven afterwards.
Cooking this way allows you to retain the wonderful flavour that collects at the bottom of the roasting pan while browning the meat. With our pots and pans, you can get away with using just one product for the entire cooking process, from preparation to serving, even if a dish needs finishing or keeping warm in the oven before serving. Get inspiration for more dishes and uses later in this post.
Taking care of Lids, Handles & Knobs
- SCANPAN lids are either made using quality stainless steel or tempered glass designed to withstand high temperatures (oven safe to 200°C)
- Never place lid directly on the cooktop. Use extreme caution when removing lids from hot pots to avoid steam burns.
- Always use heat resistant mitts to avoid burns.
- Do not place hot lid on a cold surface
- Clean your lids in hot soapy water with soft cloth to avoid scratching.
- Handles and knobs are made with high quality stainless steel. Whilst designed to stay cooler for longer, care should always be taken when using equipment where high temperatures are involved - SCANPAN always recommends the use of handle holders, oven mitts and other heat resistant accessories when cooking
All about Induction
Do you have an induction cooktop in your kitchen? Here's some useful information about induction and how to choose the appropriate cookware.
How does induction work?
An induction burner has electric coils underneath it, so a pot or pan needs to have a magnetic base. The current runs through the coils, generating a magnetic field. This process heats the magnetic materials on the stovetop, i.e. the pot or pan and its contents. That’s why it’s essential that the kitchen equipment you use on an induction cooker is suitable for induction and has a magnetic base – otherwise the pot or pan will not heat.
Do all pots and pans work on all induction cookers?
The short answer to this question is, unfortunately, no. The size of the induction cooker’s burners or hobs varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. For the induction technology to work optimally, the entire cooking area must be covered by a pot or pan that accurately matches its dimensions.
How do I find the equipment that fits my induction cooker?
Write down the burner or hob dimensions and keep them handy when buying equipment. Note that the magnetic area on the pan base may be smaller than the pan’s diameter. It is the magnetic area on the base that needs to fit the cooker’s burner. That’s why you need to try them out – you can check whether a pot or pan fits the burner by bringing the pan to the boil. If the product isn’t heating up, or the heat distribution is uneven, you need to look for a different pan. We therefore recommend that you buy one or two products and test them on your cooker before buying the full range.
"It's easy to check whether your pot or pan is suitable for induction: if a magnet sticks to the base, the answer is yes!"
Product & Brand Manager
Can the induction in a pot/pan break?
No! The induction is not inside the pot or pan – it is inside the cooker. Induction works by sending current through the electrical coils in the cooker, creating a magnetic field. This is the energy that heats the pots and pans. That’s why your pot or pan must be magnetic for it to work on an induction cooker.
Can the magnetic base ‘break’, or become damaged from excessive heat or from use on a gas cooker?
No. In SCANPAN’s aluminium induction products, the steel plate is cast into the aluminium body, which means the magnetic bottom cannot be damaged as easily as if the magnetic layer were only sprayed on.
Can you put induction kitchen equipment in the oven?
Yes, it makes no difference whether the kitchen equipment is for induction cookers or not when using it in the oven. The product’s magnetic base will not be damaged by being used in an oven or under a grill.
What is different about SCANPAN’s induction products?
In short, the ‘difference’ is the way SCANPAN creates its induction products. In our aluminium products, we cast the steel plate inside the pot or pan to make it more magnetic. This means that the aluminium and steel are tightly linked, which ensures excellent heat distribution.
As well as aluminium products, we also make induction kitchen equipment in steel, some of which is made with an aluminium core running through the ‘body’, meaning it is both in the base and the walls. Other kitchen equipment has a sandwich base with an aluminium core.
It is all carefully made with optimal base thickness, maximum efficiency and perfect heat distribution.
How does SCANPAN’s method for making induction products differ from that of your competitors?
This is linked to the previous question, where we explained that SCANPAN casts a steel plate into the pot or pan, which ensures even heat distribution.
There are also other production techniques that some of our competitors use. They might glue or rivet the steel plate in place, thereby pressing it onto the pot or pan. This method can result in a thin layer of air forming between the metals, which impairs the pot or pan’s heat distribution. Products may also ‘take in water’ between the different layers, which also impairs the product.
Can you use induction kitchen equipment on other cookers?
Yes you can. But, we recommend that you use kitchen equipment suitable for the heat source you are using, as different series are carefully built to suit the different heat sources.
That’s why if you have a glass ceramic or gas cooker, the best solution is to select a pot or pan that isn’t built for induction, such as the Classic series, for the best heat distribution.