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Fissler pots and pans feedback thread: Non Testers: add your own feedback or top tips for keeping pans lasting - you could win a £100 giftcard NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Aug-13 14:12:32

This thread is for the 16 MNers who received a Fissler pot or pan from Tesco to test out.
If your not an official tester but have tried a Fissler pan or pot please do also add your feedback to this thread. If you don't have a Fissler pan or pot then we'd love you to add your own tips on keeping your pans long lasting below.

All non testers who add feedback or a tip will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 Tesco voucher

Here's what Fissler have to say, "We have a wide range of pots and pans which are all of high quality, and they have recently become available at Tesco Direct. Their reinforced bases ensure optimal heat absorption, distribution and storage, which makes cooking your food evenly easier as well as saving energy. All our products can be used in the oven as well as on the hob, with the exception of induction. They are also easy to clean, and all our pans have a non-stick coating which means that greasing the pan becomes optional."

On test were:
20cm non stick frying pan
24cm stockpot with lid
28cm non stick grillpan
20cm casserole with lid
28cm non stick stir fry pan
16cm non stick saucepan
24cm non stick frying pan
28cm non stick frying pan

We'd love to know what you thought of the Fissler product you received and have some questions to get you going, but feel free to add any other thoughts you might have:

~ Before you used the Fissler pan for the first time you needed to activate the non stick coating: how was this?
~ What recipes did you cook in your Fissler? How did the pan help?
~ Was your Fissler easy to clean or not? How did you clean it? Dishwasher or by hand?
~ How does the pan compare to your previous pans?
~ Would you recommend Fissler products to friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?
~ Do you think you'll buy more from the range - by collecting the stickers from Tesco to get 70% off RRP?

Everyone who adds their feedback here will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Tesco voucher

Please note comments made on this thread may be used by Tesco and/or Fissler elsewhere. Your MN name will not be used.

Thanks,

MNHQ

RedKites Tue 13-Aug-13 14:43:36

Non tester - my top tip is to look for anodised aluminium - but the type that is dishwasher safe. I expect they would last even better if we handwashed them, but that would just lead to a pan not being used in our house (I guess would last a long time then!), so this is next best for us.

teabagpleb Tue 13-Aug-13 14:54:24

Non-tester. I've never found non-stick that lasts well, though some is really poor, so now I mostly use stainless steel pans which are great for rice, and last forever - I'm using three that my mum got for a wedding present. In 1958.

mousebacon Tue 13-Aug-13 15:41:46

Non-tester here. I find the best way to prolong the life of my pans is to eat out every night wink

aristocat Tue 13-Aug-13 15:44:38

Non-tester here too. My tip is simply to buy the best quality pans that you can and always follow the instructions on cleaning/ after care.

I never use anything that would damage a nonstick surface and soak before hand-washing if needed.

Have never tried these pans but keen to see what the reviews are like smile

MaxinePeakedistrict Tue 13-Aug-13 16:23:11

Non-tester.

We try to protect the non-stick lining by never putting one pan inside another for to scrape against. When stacking only put plastic items inside the pans. Also only use plastic utensils.

Frying pan leaflets often say only use at a medium heat but I find this a bit unrealistic. They never seem to last long.

Non-tester here - echoing what others say about buying the best pans you can afford and don't scrub the life out of them. We have a small but heavy cast iron le crueset frying pan that weighs a ton, is all blackened but has been going for donkeys years & looks set to outlive us all!

Gigaflops Tue 13-Aug-13 16:46:40

24cm frying pan tester -

First impression was how tiny the pan is!! My own fault I guess, for not looking at a measuring tape before ordering, but as I have a 29cm casserole dish which is HUGE I somehow thought the pan would be bigger!

Very heavy, good solid construction, easy to pre-treat before use...

I've done pancakes, scrambled egg, omelette and seared salmon so far - all without oil or butter, all slid off the pan like magic. Cleans up very easily (by hand, no dishwasher!)

No scratches yet (but I've been SUPER careful with the utensils) so it's holding up well. How it does when DP uses it will really be the test -he's much heavier on pans than I am and tends to pick up the closest spoon to stir, whether metal or plastic! Grrr!

We go through a LOT of non stick pans in this house... grin

Gigaflops Tue 13-Aug-13 16:47:50

Forgot to add, would definitely recommend as they're solidly made and don't seem capable of buckling (although time will tell).

I'm already collecting stickers for the bigger version... grin

Honu Tue 13-Aug-13 17:10:46

I looked at the Fissler pans in Tesco as I needed some but, despite searching everywhere on the packet, I couldn't find out if they worked on an induction hob. Nor could the Tesco staff tell me. So I didn't bother collecting the vouchers and will be looking elsewhere for pans. Shame.

is1 Tue 13-Aug-13 17:11:11

I'm a non-tester. My tip would be to be use the right utensils, e.g. a silicon whisk rather than a metal one when making white sauce. This way you won't scratch them and they will last so much longer. I find that once they have been scratched they deteriorate quite quickly.

DoubleMum Tue 13-Aug-13 17:50:34

Non-tester. I'd say don't put your expensive non-stick pan in the dishwasher and then be upset when it isn't how it's meant to be anymore. Naming no names, obviously.

Tee2072 Tue 13-Aug-13 19:01:29

Honu, somewhere it says they don't work on induction.

Tee2072 Tue 13-Aug-13 19:02:45

Sorry, forgot my tip!

Buy quality, as others have said, and treat it well. No dishwasher, non scratch cleanser etc

AtYourCervix Tue 13-Aug-13 19:08:16

Non-tester but bought a wok today with the tesco tokens.

Couldn't find any instructions in english at all so haven't 'activted' my non-stick. How do I do that?

ILoveAFullFridge Tue 13-Aug-13 19:19:37

Non-tester.

If you cook on gas, never let the flame be bigger than the base of the pan. Not only does this waste gas, but it will ruin your handles, especially if they are bolted directly onto the pan, rather than into a metal socket.

Stainless steel wire wool is more expensive than ordinary wire wool, but doesn't rust, lasts longer, and doesn't pierce your washing-up gloves. It's brilliant on pan bases and badly marked or burnt insides, but only use it lightly on the sides as it can mark some steel pans.

Burnt food traces can be removed after a good scrub by leaving vinegar in the pan overnight.

Silicone or wood tools only.

Happiestinwellybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 19:30:37

I received the frying pan. First impressions were that it was a good size and solid, however the handle was already loose. Easy tightened with a screwdriver.

Before you used the Fissler pan for the first time you needed to activate the non stick coating: how was this?

Really simple. I followed the instructions which were clear.

What recipes did you cook in your Fissler? How did the pan help?

I've done sausages in it. Also used it to do a couple of stir fry dishes. The size was good, the food cooked evenly. I was really careful with the utensils so as not to scratch the pan.

Was your Fissler easy to clean or not? How did you clean it? Dishwasher or by hand?

Cleaned it by hand, absolutely fab. Really easy to clean.

How does the pan compare to your previous pans?

Apart from the initial issue with the loose handle, the pan feels really solid. The depth of the pan allows for more varied use than my current frying pan.

Would you recommend Fissler products to friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. I already have.

Do you think you'll buy more from the range - by collecting the stickers from Tesco to get 70% off RRP?

Yes - got my eye on the large casserole pan first. I have had to prompt cashiers for stickers as they haven't been offered to me.

WholeLottaRosie Tue 13-Aug-13 19:32:54

Definitely buy the best you can afford. It sounds like a boring thing to spend money on but if you buy inferior quality pans you will replace them several times over your lifetime.
A well-known kitchen shop sells pan separators so you can stack pans inside each other without fear of scratching the non-stick.

Use wooden spoons and flexible rubber spatulas only - metal spoons kill pots!

iklboo Tue 13-Aug-13 21:47:57

I received the wok pan. First impressions were that it was solid, nice weight & sturdy feel.

Before you used the Fissler pan for the first time you needed to activate the non stick coating: how was this?

Very easy to do.

What recipes did you cook in your Fissler? How did the pan help?

Char Sui pork stir fry, chicken & noodles, beef in oyster sauce. The pan was great for the job. Nice deep pan with plenty of room for the ingredients and to stir them round.

Was your Fissler easy to clean or not? How did you clean it? Dishwasher or by hand?

Washed it by hand. Really quick & easy to clean.

How does the pan compare to your previous pans?

The pan feels more sturdy & solid than my current ones. Nice deep sides are perfect for the job & it cleans so well.

Would you recommend Fissler products to friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I definitely would.

Do you think you'll buy more from the range - by collecting the stickers from Tesco to get 70% off RRP?

Yes - we're collecting already for the grill pan and hope to collect the full set.

flamingtoaster Tue 13-Aug-13 23:05:56

Non-tester. I cook from scratch all the time and buy good quality saucepans as I find I wear them out very quickly if I don't. I always soak them before washing and tend to use mostly stainless steel/Le Cruset rather than non-stick. If anything is really stuck then I leave it to soak with biological washing powder and that solves the problem.

lagoonhaze Tue 13-Aug-13 23:20:09

Non tester.

My tip. Throw away metals because Apparently if they are in the holder they can be used on any pan!

DearPrudence Tue 13-Aug-13 23:24:27

Non-tester here looking for advice (hope that's ok)

I've got the frying pan on the Tesco offer and have thrown away the packaging. Can anyone tell me how you 'activate the non-stick coating'? Had no idea this was a thing! confused

firawla Wed 14-Aug-13 02:50:54

non tester, i have seen these fissler around and meaning to try them out, especially after getting the tesco stickers to collect for them! my tip is to buy good quality as they last longer

curlew Wed 14-Aug-13 08:54:36

Non tester here. I have had Fissler pans for 10 years now- bought them in a sale at the Elizabeth David Cookshop. I use them on my diesel powered range which sometimes gets super hot and they still look like new with no particular effort on my part (I am a slattern!) . They go from hob to oven (essential for cooking on a range) and cook really evenly. Money well spent.

MadMonkeys Wed 14-Aug-13 09:19:57

Non tester - my tips are the same as lots of posters have already said: buy good quality pans, soak after use and don't wash in dishwasher. Cheap non stick pans just don't last ime.

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