What makes a good preserving pan?

What makes a good preserving pan?

Jar of tasty homemade strawberry preserve. Strawberries harvest needed to preserve.

There are a few essential pieces of equipment that every cook will need when it comes to making jams, jellies and chutneys, with a good maslin pan perhaps the most important. It might be tempting to think that you can get away with using a large saucepan to make your home preserves; however, an initial investment in a specially-designed maslin pan will be well worthwhile and your pan will repay you many times over during its lifetime. In today’s blog post, we take a look at the qualities of a good preserving pan and highlight what to look for when you are buying a new pan.

How to identify the best preserving pans

There are a few key features that make a preserving pan perfect for the job in hand. Perhaps most obviously, the pan should feel robust and strong, since it needs to be able to carry quite substantial amounts of fruit, sugar and liquid. The handle should feel sturdy and reliable, as you will need to tip the pan to pour the hot jam into jars. An additional handle on the side is a bonus, as this will help with tipping the pan as you pour the jam. Good pans are quite deep to help prevent the jam bubbling up and spitting during the cooking. The base of the pan should be fairly thick to give consistent heat distribution across the whole of the bottom of the pan and to prevent hotspots and burning.

The pan should have a measuring scale etched into the inside of the pan so that you can see how much liquid is in the pan; in addition, the top edge of the pan should have a lip for you to attach your jam thermometer.

Our range of preserving pans

We stock several different styles of maslin pan in our range, with sizes varying from nine litres down to a mini 4.5-litre pan. The nine-litre pan is a professional grade pan, made from stainless steel and with a 5mm sandwich base. A striking alternative is our eight-litre black enamelled pan, which can double up as a stylish stockpot when it is not being used for preserves.

The Kilner red enamelled pan is another great choice with its eight-litre capacity and an internal measuring gauge. Made from durable carbon steel, this pan combines stylish good looks with robust design.

If a larger pan is not for you, the 4.5-litre pan is perfect for making smaller quantities of jams or pickles.

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