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  • Nigella's Stainless Steel Pot (on Feast)

    Nigella has a great pot that I have seen on her show. It is stainless and, for lack of a better word, has a potbelly (wider in the middle than on the top and bottom). I just LOVE the look of the pot. If they are available commercially, where can we order one from? I'm in the US, in Texas. Thank you! Susan

    I bought this beautiful pan quite a few years ago. I don't remember where from - probably an outlet in Australia. I have used it for all sorts of things. But I am worried as it seems to be going rusty ... surely this should not happen with stainless steel? Can you give me any advice please? MeliaMary

    From the nigella team:

    The pot shown on the front of Feast, and used by Nigella in many of her shows, is a cous cous teamer. It was originally a present from her sister. Nigella loved it so much that she did make a copy of the pot for her Living Kitchen range but unfortunately it has now been discontinued so is no longer available.

    Stainless steel is resistant to rust and corrosion but is not completely immune to it. To keep stainless steel in good condition it should be dried immediately and thoroughly whenever it comes into contact with water. If the pan is left to air dry frequently (or washed regularly in a dishwasher) then unfortunately there is a risk that rust spots will develop over time. The rust can be removed with a mild abrasive - try dipping a soft toothbrush in some bicarbonate of soda and gently brushing the rusted spots. Once the rust has been removed rinse the pot and dry straight away with a soft cloth and then dry immediately after every use to prevent the rust from returning.

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