Sunday, 5 April 2015

Stellar Stackable Draining Casserole Pan and Recipe

Stellar Cookware, the revered cookware brand, also known as "The Choice of Professionals", have developed a new cookware collection called Stellar Tate. The geniuses behind this well revered brand, have developed a new set of innovative cookware which enables saucepans and casserole dishes to be easily stackable, allowing better safety and storage in your kitchen. What is impressive about this new range is that draining liquids from the saucepans or casserole dishes easier to handle, as the innovative pan lid is a handle that locks to the main pan handle, this alongside the pouring lips allows liquid to be safely poured away, using one hand for the saucepans and two hands for the casserole pans. Effectively, using this range, there will be little need for a colander to drain liquids from pans. Each saucepan and casserole dish comes with Stellar Lifetime Guarantee - is likely that the saucepans and casserole dishes will last last longer than me! This range includes 16/18/20cm Draining Saucepans and 20/22/24 draining casseroles and cost from £40 - £50 to the saucepans and £50 - £70, this range is by no means cheap, but if you are after quality and long-lasting sets of innovative pans, this range is for you. 

Stellar Tate

Stellar Tate

The lovely people at Stellar Cookware kindly sent me a 20cm stackable casserole pan. My first impressions was the Stackable Draining Casserole Pan was stylish  and definitely put my other pans to shame! The Stackable Draining Casserole Pan is also heavy duty, I know if I had accidentally dropped it, it would be fine. More impressively, I liked the little added touch of the inside measurements which will guide you if you pour an excess or too little liquids when using the pans. 
I got to work straight away on testing this product out and had a recipe in mind, one which the meat was boiled in a broth then roasted in the oven. As this casserole pan is both hob and oven proof, my meal was essentially cooked in one pan, not requiring the ingredients to be transferred, which saved on the washing up. I was impressed that when it was time to drain the liquids for my ham hock, this was done with ease, no burning water flashing on me (as per usual) and all the liquids happily drained out leaving me with the tender meat.

Stellar Tate Casserole Pan.

Stellar Casserole Pan.

Stellar Casserole Pan.

Stellar Casserole Pan.

Overall: for the enthusiastic cook and budding chef, I would highly recommend this product, it is innovative, long lasting and stylish kitchenware. 

Recipe: Treacle  Glazed Ham Hocks Recipe from James Martin Slow Cooking.
2 carrots
1 large onion
3 tbsp cloves
4  x 500g ham hocks
1 celery stick
3 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig
1 bay leaf
a pinch of sea salt
125g black treacle

Cut the carrots in half length ways and stud the onion with 2 of the cloves. Place the ham hocks in a deep saucepan, add the onion, carrots, celery and herbs, cover with cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring slowly to the boil over a medium heat-low heat, then gently simmer for 2 hours. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6. Carefully remove the ham hocks from the liquid and place them in a roasting tin. Using a sharp knife, remove the skin and trim off any excess fat to reveal pink meat underneath, then insert cloves at regular intervals over each hock. Return the hocks to the oven for 10 minutes to dry the surface of the meat.
Meanwhile, gently warm the black treacle in a saucepan. After 10 minutes, remove the hocks from oven, spoon over the treacle and return to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes, basting occasionally.
Once the hocks are shiny and glazed, remove from the oven and serve with a dollop of mustard.

Disclaimer: I received the Stella Casserole Pan to review, as always, I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. 


  1. The pans look great, I love the ease of draining the food, so clever!

  2. I know, it's fab isn't it :-) x


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