A sauté pan’s straight sides and a large radius offers the maximum amount of cooking surface. Also, the sloped side is a true asset in any pan— because it increases the amount of usable space, both in terms of capacity and surface area for browning, sautéing, and shallow-frying. So, a medium to large size is a good one to assist around the kitchen for a family of 2-3 people.
Faced with the miscellany of cookware styles, materials and prices-from stainless steel and aluminium to cast iron to copper, it’s always wise to be well-informed. Always use stainless steel, hard anodised aluminium or great quality non-stick for even heat distribution and optimal performance every time. For one-pot meals, it’s important that your sauté pan is oven-safe also; and you can easily move from stove to oven to table. Check what temperature this cookware can safely be used at. If your cookware is dishwasher safe or not. If technologies like phenolic handles or silicone inserts are used to offer your hands the better grip and comfort. A thorough go-through these things to check will save you not just time but money for utility.
Even though many manufacturers like to describe their larger sauté pans as “family-size,” one should know that they are perfect for low-yield cooking and invaluable for entertaining the occasional handful of dinner (or brunch) guests. I suppose this is why high-end manufacturers will try to charge you a month’s salary for them. But, don’t worry sometimes these pans do deserve this price tag for their deliverance. Luckily, after testing several pans in different price ranges, we have come across some great products like Select Sauté Pan, Prism, Circulon, Meyer and Skyline. Some of these products offer great features like stainless steel handles with silicone inserts, making them comfy and cool to the touch. Also, many of them have lids with strainers built in, eliminating the need for colanders or slotted spoons as well. Always remember that quality cookware is at the heart of any serious cook’s kitchen.
A true desert-island pan, the sauté pan can potentially duplicate a number of pans. We all have reached for the sauté pan to dispatch most of the jobs the other pans are designed to perform at one time or another, and I am sure we have been rewarded with good, dependable results. Now an essential part of the modern lifestyle; share your love more often for food with a Sauté Pan.
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