I heard someone on Come Dine with Me the other day say they had spent £2,500 on 5 saucepans.
£500 for a saucepan.
Is it just me? I love having great pans in the kitchen, but I’ve never spent that kind of money. So I wondered if there really were pans at that level. I’ve chosen to look at a 20cm saucepan with a lid, and here’s what I found.
I’ve had a Le Creuset casserole pot for about 30 years, and I know it was an expensive piece when I bought it. However, the cost per use over the years is definitely into pennies now. This one is £140 and is a non-stick stainless steel. They say that the unique combination of a tough, hard anodised body with a premium-grade stainless steel interior means these pans will withstand the rigours of the toughest kitchen environment. Hmm, bet they’ve never met our teenagers in the kitchen!
Another heritage company, originally founded in Germany in 1845, Fissler know their saucepans. They’re all about precision production, great technical know-how and innovation. These sound like they know what they’re doing and that these are built to last as well.
Not that it’s somewhere I’d shop, but I thought I’d see what the most I could spend at Harrods was. This was purely on the basis that it seems to be a shop set up with a more money than sense approach. This Mauviel saucepan is £433, so still not at the £500 cost of the original set in question. To be fair, this one is only £325.46 if you shopped at Richmond Cookshop for the same thing. This is combined with stainless steel, so okay for induction cooking too, not to mention looks very stylish. But not £400 worth of stylish to me.
Ruffoni Opus Prima Pans
Oh, my word. These are somewhat over the top for my taste, with their fancy handle and the knob on the lid. I could cope with the hammered effect, but the whole lot together is quite over the top. That’s just my taste though. If you love the look of these, then you’re going to have to drop just under £250 for this one.
So, I still can’t work out how she got to £500 on each pan. I still think that there are great value, great quality pans for significantly less. They definitely saw her coming in my view. Any ideas, what brand have I missed from this? And what’s the most you’ve spent on a pan, and was it worth it? I’d love to know.
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