I’m sure not many people are aware that the word “paella” actually means “pan” and is derived from the old French word “paelle” which refers to frying pan. Most people, including myself, think of a gloriously flavourful rice dish with seafood, ripe tomatoes and fresh lemon when the term paella is mentioned.
I had the opportunity to cook with 3 beautiful 32 cm paella pans that Perfect Paellasent over. Perfect Paella is aCape Town based company that imports Spanish manufactured paella pans. A variety of sizes are available and also other accessories and outdoor burner equipment.
I cooked withan enamel pan that has a gorgeous look and feel a real old school kind of pan. It worked lovely and heat distribution was perfect. It was easy to clean afterwards and gets a double thumbs up from me. The induction paella pan is perfect to use with induction stoves thatare becoming increasingly popular. Heat distribution was great and works just as well on gas. I prepared pancakes using the induction paella pan and I have to say I was surprised at how efficiently it cooked without any sticking at the bottom. Cleaning of the pan afterwards was also a breeze hot soapy water was all that it needed without any scrubbing.
The non-stick paella pan was the least impressive of the three. Non-stick it was, but it discoloured after the first use of the pan and brown stains remained on the base of the pan that could not be removed with scrubbing after food preparation occurred.
I highly recommend the enamel pan and the induction pan. Both are easy to clean after cooking and maintainedan untarnished appearance.