Stellar's range of cookware includes saucepans, frying pans, steamers, stockpots, saute pans and casserole pots, along with a range of useful accessories to complement your collection. All of the ranges are carefully crafted with the best materials and technology to create fine and functional kitchen equipment. Every piece of Stellar cookware is hand-polished and inspected to ensure only goods of the highest quality are produced. Stellar is a British company who have been based in Bristol for over 100 years so they must be doing something right!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Stellar cookware when I can find cheaper cookware that looks the same?
Choosing your cookware is similar to choosing your meals; you can chose a ready-made Spaghetti Bolognese from your local supermarket for 99p, or you can go to your local Italian restaurant and pay upwards of £9.99. It is all in the detail; it is about the raw ingredients and the way they are crafted together.
Stellar cookware uses only the highest quality materials. 18/10 stainless steel is used throughout, with the exception of the bases which use 18/0 to make them more efficient on induction hobs.
All Thermic bases are constructed using high thermic conductive aluminium, for maximum heat efficiency and conductivity, and constructed to a minimum thickness of 6mm, to ensure even heat distribution within the pan.
All Thermic bases are hot forged in construction, (the base of the pan, aluminum nugget and thermic base are heated, so they are nearly molten, then impacted together at great force to ensure all three layers are fused together as one). It is quicker and easier to braise (spot weld) the base to the pan, but this weakens and leaks over time.
The thickness and weight of the material used plays an essential part in the quality of heat distribution and longevity of each piece of cookware. The wall thickness of a Stellar stainless steel pan will not be less than .6mm. Aluminum pans can be as much as 4mm in thickness.
Stellar Cookware uses 18/10 stainless steel, what exactly does that mean?
The 18/10 means that the steel contains other metals to make it stronger and more corrosion resistant.
Steel is an alloy made from Iron with up to 8 other alloys added, depending on the quality. For steel to be classed as 'stainless' it must contain at least 10.5% of the alloy Chromium. It is the Chromium that creates an oxygen proof barrier that prevents the steel from rusting (or 'staining'). Higher levels of Chromium and the addition of other alloys increase the corrosion resistance of the surface.
One of the most common alloys added to stainless steel is Nickel because it too is a very unreactive material. Therefore, the 18/10 used in Stellar cookware means that the stainless steel contains 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel, both of these are added to ensure the steel lasts longer.
Why does most aluminium cookware have non-stick coatings, but fewer stainless steel pans do?
Non-stick coatings adhere well to the soft aluminium surface but in the past have not adhered so well to the very hard surface of stainless steel. Moreover stainless steel by its nature is very durable and has tended to out live any non-stick coating applied to it. Recently non-stick coatings have improved so we are seeing more and more on stainless steel especially for milk pans, smaller saucepans and frying pans.
Why is stainless steel so popular?
Not only does stainless steel look good, but it is also incredibly durable. Stainless steel is also very hygenic with self healing properties; when you scratch the surface a protective layer re-forms straight away preventing corrosion which allows bacteria to set in and fester.
Are glass lids safe?
Yes, and they also allow you to monitor your cooking without removing the lid. The glass used in Stellar glass lids is toughened in the same way as a car windscreen. Of course, in exceptional circumstances they can shatter, for example if the lid is subjected to sudden temperature change. If this occurs during cooking Stellar will issue a replacement free of charge. Glass lids are also safe to use in the oven, although great care should be taken when lifting a lid that has been in the oven.
Do stainless steel handles get hot?
Stainless steel is a relatively poor conductor of heat, the main handles will usually remain cool unless they are on the heat source for an extended period of time. Having flames riding up the side of the pan will also cause handles to get hot. It is always recommended to use a tea towel or oven glove if you are unsure.
Why is food sticking to my non-stick saucepan?
The most common cause of this is that the heat is too high - a common habit in the UK. Try turning the heat down and cooking the food more gently - not only will this help prevent sticking but it also retains more flavour and nutrients.