This frying pan dates back to the 3th century and it’s supposed to have been manufactured by a soldier of the Roman army in Wales. Its main peculiarity is it has a foldable handle that makes it easier to store and carry on.
Even though cookware is used since the discovery of fire and cooking in the prehistory, in this post we will only focus on the history of the modern frying pan, which is supposed to have its origins in the old Mesopotamia. Anyway, as it is a very quotidian object, it was possibly developed at the same time in many different cultures. For example, there are some evidences of its use during the Han Dynasty in China, where they were used for salt evaporation. They were also known in the old Greece, were they were called tagēnon and in Rome, were people called them patella or sartago.
The first material used to manufacture the modern frying pan was copper; although there are evidences cast iron frying pans were also used during the Han Dynasty. The shape of these old frying pans was not quite different than the modern ones, as shows the picture of this copper frying pan dated between the 5th and 6th century BC of the Archeological Museum in Thessalonica.
In Europe, before stoves were introduced in the middle of the 19th century, the common frying pan had 3 legs. These were used to place the frying pan on the live coal and they disappeared when stoves became popular. In those times, especially during the first half of the 20th century, cast iron was the main manufacturing material and it continued to be until the 60’s and 70’s, when non-stick aluminium frying pans became popular. Nowadays non-stick aluminium frying pans are still consumer’s favourite choice.
Did you know Castey is the oldest cookware manufacturer in the world? Our history dates back to the sixteenth century and our origins are strongly linked with art. For this reason, design is one of our main brand values.
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