What cookware do I REALLY need?
Whether you have bought a new Aga or moved into a house where the Aga is already there, you do need a few basics to get the best from it.
A new Aga comes with a party box, containing:
1 x large deep roasting tin and grill rack
1 x half size deep roasting tin and grill rack
1 x cold plain shelf
1 x Aga toaster
2 or 3 x grid shelf
1 x wire brush to keep the hotplates clean
1 x Mary Berry Aga book.
A Total Control, the new ER3 and Aga 60 also have floor grids to protect food from the heat of the electric elements in the base of the ovens.
These are the basic essentials.
I recommend that you also invest in:
1 x full size shallow baking tray
1 x half size shallow baking tray
1 x set of Aga pans or casseroles (you get three in the pack, plenty for most needs)
1 x Aga kettle
1 x Saute pan - click here to buy the best there is
1 x non stick sauce pot
Bake O Glide to fit all your tins - click here to buy
Once you have this selection, there is nothing you can't cook efficiently and quickly on your Aga. Everything else in the Aga selection is good, but you really do need these.
Most people have a cast iron casserole or two in their cupboard, these work brilliantly in an Aga.
As so much is cooked in the ovens, the Aga pans with flat lids that stack in the ovens are really important. You can get six pans and a sauce pot into the simmering and warming ovens.
As so much is cooked in the ovens, the tins that slide onto the runners, negating the need for oven shelves, are really important. You can get three full size or six half size tins into the roasting and baking ovens, plus quiches on the floor, all at once.
The wider the base of your pan, the bigger surface area there is in contact with the hotplate and the faster your pan will boil Thus you absolutely do not need a wok, since it has such a small base in contact with the hotplate. You will get a better, faster, hotter, stir fry using the Aga saute pan or a cast iron casserole.