It’s true that you can use any heavy based pans for preserving, but like any job, it’s easier when you have the right tools. If you do a reasonable amount of preserving, it’s worth considering investing in a special preserving pan.
Maslin preserving pans
Known as Maslin pans, preserving pans are specifically designed in a large size to allow the fruit and sugar to boil safely without spilling over. These heavy, solid pans tend to come in the shape of a teacup, wider at the top with a smaller but thicker base. This shape allows a larger surface for the evaporation of water from the fruit, which encourages the proper concentration of flavours and prevents the fruit from scorching.
In theory these same properties could make a Maslin pan ideal for cooking a large ham, soup, stock or even lobster!
When you are looking to buy pans for preserving you should look for a sturdy handle to cope with the weight of a large, full pan, while a smaller, side handle can help to control the preserves while you are pouring. Measurements marked on the inside are always helpful while you also need an easy clean finish. Copper, while a beautiful material for pans, is not ideal for preserving as it can be degraded by acidic contents. The same applies to aluminium. Stainless steel and enamel tick all the right boxes and are popular finishes for preserving pans. Make sure any pan you buy is compatible with your hob.
Preserving pans at Wares of Knutsford
There are four different models of Maslin pan available at Wares of Knutsford. The nine litre stainless steel Maslin pan is a great all rounder. It’s stylish and easy to use, with both imperial and metric markings on the inside, a carrying loop and a side handle, a 5mm sandwich base for great heat distribution and a helpful pouring lip. A smaller, 4.5 litre version is a useful alternative if you preserve in smaller quantities or struggle to lift a larger pan.
If you prefer a more traditional look, there is also vintage style eight litre pan finished in black enamel or a red version by Kilner at the same size. This is made of super robust carbon steel with an enamel coating and comes with an easy grip handle, and internal measuring gauge in metric and imperial and a useful pouring lip.