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Here at George Home we have a great choice of cookware to match everyone’s needs. So whether you’re a student, a first time home owner, a serious home cook or a seasoned chef, you can trust us to have just what you’re looking for in the pots and pans department.

To make sure you make the right choice every time, ask yourself these questions before you buy:

  • What type of hob or cooker do you have in your kitchen?

  • What is the best pan for the type of food you wish to cook?

  • Do you need a non-stick surface?

  • Is it dishwasher safe?

For complete peace of mind, here’s our handy guide to help you make your selection:

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Aluminium is both lightweight and an excellent heat conductor. The material’s low cost and great performance make it the ideal choice for new home owners and new cooks. Most of our aluminium cookware has a special Teflon non-stick coating; they’re also dishwasher safe and feature riveted handles for added strength and durability. Also available in the George Home range of aluminium cookware are our easy clean, PTFE free ceramic coated pans. These pans are finished with a stainless steel base plate that ensures that they can be used on all hob types.

Stainless steel is a strong, long-lasting material made from a blend of iron and other metals such as chromium and nickel (added to prevent rusting and tarnishing). Stainless steel is stain resistant rather than stain-proof, and can resist most foods. However, chemicals found in coffee, tea, eggs, salad dressings, vinegar and mustard can cause a little discolouration. Stainless steel is very durable and won’t easily chip, flake or scratch – and it’s also easy to clean. Since it’s a poor conductor of heat, it’ s often bonded with better heat conducting materials like aluminium or copper to improve the performance of the cookware. All our stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe and comes with riveted handles for extra strength and durability. Please remember: not all stainless steel pans are suitable for induction hobs, so always check the packaging before you buy.

Cast iron cookware is thick and very heavy. Although it takes longer to heat up and conducts heat very slowly, once hot it keeps its temperature and distributes heat evenly - making it ideal for slow cooking stews. Cast iron cookware is fine for all hob types; but its weight means you should take extra care when using it on hobs with a ceramic or glass surface.

Our George Home Excellence collection of copper based pans features high grade stainless steel with an encapsulated copper base for outstanding heat conduction and distribution. All our copper based pans are oven safe to 180oC and come with riveted handles for added strength and durability. Copper pans are not dishwasher safe and need maintaining with copper cleaner. cleaners to keep them looking their best.

George Home’s Excellence range of triply pans are carefully manufactured from three separate layers for the ultimate in cooking performance: Copper for excellent heat conduction, giving you enhanced temperature control; an aluminium core for even heat distribution, preventing hot spots; and a stainless steel interior for strength and durability. This range also features riveted stainless steel handles. Our triply pans are not suitable for induction hobs and are not dishwasher safe.

A solid plate is another type of electric hob with a cast iron top. Unlike a radiant ring, this electric hob can be tricky to control heat-wise. Although the solid plate is suitable for all types of cookware, we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid wasting heat. Again, try not to slide the pan on the hob as this can damage the ring surface.

This is an electric hob with a glass surface covering halogen lamps which generate the heat. Halogen hobs are suitable for all types of cookware, but we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid heat wastage. One drawback is that pans with a shiny base can reflect the light back down to the lamps and cause the hob to switch off. Sliding the pan on the hob can damage the glass surface.

Gas hobs give instant heat with fingertip control, and they’re suitable for all types of cookware. Please regulate the flame carefully to make sure it doesn’t extend up the side of the pan – this not only wastes energy, but it can also damage the pan handle.

This is an electronic hob with a glass surface that works by creating a magnetic field between the pan and the element. Whilst the pan heats up, the hob surface remains cool to the touch. Only pans made from magnetise (ferritic) stainless steel, cast iron or that have magnetised stainless steel bonded to the base of the pan can be used on this type of hob. As with all glass hobs, sliding the pan on the hob can damage the surface.

A ceramic hob is an electric hob with a glass surface. Although these hobs are fine for all types of cookware, we’d recommend using a pan with a flat base to give even heat distribution and avoid wasting heat.

More commonly known as Rayburns or Agas, solid fuel hobs create very high temperatures that are difficult to control. It’s best to use cookware with a thick base to help handle the heat.

Commonly found on electric cookers, this type of hob is suitable for all kinds of cookware. Try not to slide the pan on the hob as this can damage the ring surface.

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Recommended care instructions for your George Home cookware

  • All our stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminium cookware is dishwasher safe

  • Only wash your copper cookware and hard anodised pans in warm, soapy water to keep them looking at their best (dishwasher detergents can damage them)

  • Steel wool and other abrasive cleaners can spoil your cookware and damage the non-stick coating

  • Always use plastic or wooden utensils as metal utensils will damage a non-stick coating

  • Allow pans to cool, then soften any food remnants in warm, soapy water before cleaning

  • Never slice or chop food when it is still inside the pan

  • Adding salt to cold water in a stainless steel pan causes salt stains and rusting, so only add salt to boiling water in these sorts of pans

  • Don’t let your pan boil dry as it can affect stability and damage a non-stick coating

  • Metal pan handles can become hot so use an oven glove when needed

  • Flames and heat can damage plastic pan handles, so always turn them away from hobs and burners that are in use

  • Keep safe and save energy by using hobs and burners that are the right size for your pan
  • Test the temperature of the oil by adding a small piece of bread; if it crisps quickly then the oil is hot enough to start frying
  • Never fill more than a third of the pan with oil
  • Chip pans can cause fires
  • Never leave a chip pan unattended
  • If the oil starts to smoke, immediately take the pan off heat and leave it to cool
  • If the chip pan sets alight never use water to extingush the flame as this could cause a fireball
  • To keep your copper pans looking at their best, clean and dry them straight after cooling air drying causes oxidation spots which can be difficult to clean)
  • Keep your cookware looking bright and shiny with a copper cleaner
  • Take care when handling and storing - copper scratches and dents more easily than stainless steel
Find out how to look after your beautiful stainless steel cutlery with the George.com buying guide

Your new cutlery is made of stainless steel which resists most stains to keep them looking at their gleaming best. But please be careful with the following foods as they can cause your cutlery to discolour:

  • coffee

  • tea

  • eggs

  • salad dressing
  • vinegar

  • mustard

  • salt

Always wash your cutlery straight away after you use them. Clean any food remnants from your blades, and never leave your cutlery soaking in water for more than a few minutes. And remember – although your cutlery is dishwasher safe, always hand wash and dry them to keep them looking pristine.

Be extra careful when cleaning your knives – they can corrode (with ‘pitting’ or ‘spotting’) more than forks or spoons as they are made of a different type of stainless steel which contains more carbon to help them stay sharper for longer. To protect them, keep them away from:

  • Water with a high mineral content.

  • Salty food deposits.

  • Acidic substances such as lemon detergent or tomato based foods.

  • Un-dissolved particles of detergent.

To further prevent corrosion, if washing your knives in the dishwasher, group your knives into a separate basket to your forks and spoons and keep them apart in order to prevent contact between the different metal alloys.

Wash in a mild detergent directly after use, then rinse in clean hot water and dry immediately. To protect them, keep them away from:

  • Water with high mineral content.

  • Salty food deposits.

  • Acidic liquids such as lemon detergent or tomato based foods.

  • Undissolved particles of detergents.

Try not to overfill the extra detergent opening - this can spill detergent straight onto your cutlery and form a damaging build-up of film. Don’t use the rinse and hold cycle. Remove knives after the last rinse cycle and hand dry them (the final drying cycle can increase the chance of your blades discolouring). Or simply use your dishwasher Energy Cycle.Group your knives together in a separate basket to your forks and spoons and keep them apart to help prevent your knives from rusting. A detergent film builds up on your cutlery, simply hand dry them to make them shine like new. Always remember to load forks and spoons handles down, tines and bowls up and knives in a separate basket with sharp ends down.

Caustic detergents or water with a high mineral content can rust or stain your cutlery. If this happens, give them a quick buff with a little stainless steel polish, then wash them thoroughly. If you need to remove stubborn stains or rust, use a non-abrasive stainless or metal polish that won’t scratch your cutlery. Use a damp cloth to apply the cleaner – being extra careful when polishing the blade.

Our George Home Cookware Guarantee covers the function, materials and workmanship of our products for a full 15 years from the date of purchase. To qualify for the guarantee, we do ask that you use and clean your cookware as outlined in the recommended care instructions.

  • What is covered under our guarantee?
  • Workmanship
  • Base stability
  • Functional properties
  • Defective materials (where this can be shown)
  • Non-stick properties (where applicable)
  • Dishwasher care (where applicable)

  • What is not covered under our guarantee?
  • Changes in appearance (unless they significantly affect how the product performs)
  • Damaged caused through incorrect storage, inappropriate use or abuse
  • Normal wear and tear, cuts, scratches or impact damage
  • Damage caused by not following the recommended care instructions
  • Damaged caused by using abrasive materials and cleaners
  • Damaged caused to a non-stick coating by using metal utensils
  • If the product has been used outdoors, including on a barbecue
  • Non-domestic use, for example in a professional kitchen or café
  • Any consequential or incidental damage suffered by any person

  • What is the role of George Home?
  • To investigate the validity of a claim - it is at our sole discretion to determine whether there is a valid fault with the product
  • If there is a valid fault we will replace the product free of charge
  • If the item is no longer sold by George Home then we will provide an appropriate replacement of similar quality
  • Please remember - we are not responsible for any repair work that we do not authorise

  • What do you need to do?
  • Simply return the product to your local Asda store with your guarantee and proof of purchase.