This series of posts has been a long time coming. Anyone who I’ve talked to this about in the last 5 years will be happy that I’ve finally committed my thoughts on this subject to a series of posts. Part one was all about toasters, in part 2, metal pans are in the firing line…
Most pans have plastic or wooden handles. This post is not about them. There are a surprisingly large amount of pans on sale that have metal handles. When the pans are used to heat food, the handles temperature is raised. If you’re cooking something for long enough &, shock horror, you actually used the handle to pick up the pan, it’s so hot it will cause permanent burns. All pans with metal handles happens are broken!
It’s odd enough that these pans still exist at all, what’ stranger is some pan manufactures try & make this a selling point, here’s one example…
Note the bold claim on these £394 (yes, £394!) set of pans: ‘keep handle stay cool longer‘. Cute, but if the handle wasn’t made of metal, you wouldn’t need this ‘technology’ to give the pan a limited time for being cool, it would be cool all the time!
This might come across as over thinking something small or it not being a real problem, but think about it: Companies are making a product that when used exactly as intended, can easily put you in hospital. Imagine if every time you answered a text message, your phone gave you an electric shock. If you received too many text messages, your phone could give you an electric shock powerful enough to injure you. Understandably no one would stand for it, but this senario is exactly what plays out in the kitchen when a pan with a metal handle is used & it makes just as little sense as an electrified phone.
Adding Sugru on a metal handle addresses the heat problem rather well & its a lot cheaper than buying new pans.
The best way to solve a problem is not to have it in the first place. Buying pans with plastic or wooden handles side steps all these issues: For those of us with metal handles on our pans, a whole load of Sugru will creatively avoid a trip to the hospital & won’t cost much either. So my message to the kitchen product designers of the world: Plastic or wooden handles from now on!