Gorgeous food, drinks and sparkling conversation. We all love a good dinner party but it's not always easy putting it all together. We've put together a cookware guide to help you along. So all you need to do is think about creating the perfect menu.

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Get smart with saucepans

With most saucepans lasting for years, it's important to think about which one's right for you. We've got a fabulous range to suit your needs and budget. Whether you're a student looking for basics or a foodie who loves cooking, you're sure to find what you need here.

Before you make your cookware choice,here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Consider how suitable your cookware is for your hob or cooker.
  • Think about the type of food you'll be cooking.
  • Figure out if it's dishwasher safe.

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Choosing the right cookware

To help you choose well, here's a list of the different materials that make up cookware and how each of them is useful.

  • Hard Annodised aluminium creates a scratch-resistant surface which cannot chip, crack or peel. And non-stick coating can be applied to this.
  • Cast iron is thick and heavy - it retains and distributes heat well. Although it takes a while to heat up, once ready it will retain heat well. Plus it only needs a low to medium heat, ideal for food which needs slow, steady cooking. The good news is, cast iron is suitable for all types of hob including induction.
  • Stainless steel has a hard surface which will not chip, peel or break. It's easy to clean, retaining its good looks even after years of use. Down sides? It's a poor conductor of heat so the base is often bonded to another metal, usually copper or aluminium which conduct heat well for even cooking.
  • The non-stick coating also works as a barrier, protecting the food from the transference of metal. A good quality non-stick interior is resistant to scratching and staining. It should last for several years as long as you use the correct spoons and ladles on it, taking care not to overheat the pan.

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Serve it up in style

When it comes to serving and oven dishes: the more, the merrier. Whether you're into decorative pieces or utilitarian designs, you'll find plenty to choose from here. If you don't want to serve out of a saucepan this Christmas, you'd better get shopping.

Serving Dishes

Make your dinner party or evening soirée a classy affair with a stylish serving platter, whether for canapes, roast meats or cheeses.

Oven Dishes

Often made of glass or ceramic, oven dishes are perfect for those winter pies or one-pot casseroles. Straight to the table and hardly any washing up.

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Caring tips for cookware

Don't put an empty pan on a hot burner or in a heated oven. This wastes energy and may damage the pan.

Avoid putting a hot pan in cold water or pouring cold water into it. This can cause the base of the pan to warp. Leave to cool before washing in hot, soapy water.

Leave pans to soak for a few hours before trying to remove stubborn food residue.

Avoid metal utensils and don't use scouring pads, steel wool or abrasives when cleaning non-stick pans.

Ensure pans are either the same size or slightly larger than the heating area. If the pan is too small, you'll be wasting heat and the pan may also overheat damaging the handle.

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Entertaining extras

This is where you can really have fun.
Once you have your cooking essentials sorted, explore all those finishing touches that add glam to any occasion. We're talking about crystal champagne glass sets, brunch bowls, stylish table runners, gleaming cultery and much more. All of which you'll find in our Entertainingdepartment, yours at up to 60% less.

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