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Saucepans and Sauciers Buying Guide

Saucepans are the quintessential pans used to melt, heat, and simmer foods on the stove top. Because they are used frequently, make a careful investment—choose saucepans that look good, cook right, and handle easily.

Types of Saucepans and Sauciers

Types of Saucepans and Sauciers

Small, medium, and large saucepans are necessary for meeting a variety of heating, cooking, and boiling needs. A specific size of saucepan is called for in a recipe; if that size is not used, expect the mixture to cook slower or faster because the surface area differs. A saucier pan is nice to have for cooking mixtures that involve a lot of stirring.

Saucepans

Large: A large saucepan holds 3 to 4 quarts and is perfect for small-batch soups and stews. Medium: Use a medium-size pan, usually 2 to 2-1/2 quarts, for making sauces or cooking rice. Because this size is commonly used for cooking candy mixtures, make sure this pan in particular is heavy. Small: Small saucepans, 1 to 1-1/2 quarts, work best for small-volume tasks such as melting chocolate or butter.

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Classically styled with a polished, stainless steel exterior and a satin-finished interior, Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cook...ware is designed with three layers to ensure even, consistent heating. A heavy-gauge, aluminum core surrounded by two layers of stainless steel provides excellent heat conduction for browning and enhanced control of the cooking process.Features:Vessel Construction: Crafted from two metals - a full, heavy-gauge aluminum core encased between two layers of stainless steel.Key Performance: Three layers ; stainless steel, a heavy-gauge aluminum core and additional layer of stainless steel offer even, consistent heat conduction for excellent browning and enhanced control of the cooking process.Exterior: Polished, magnetic stainless steel.Interior: Durable, satin finish stainless steel surface is safe for use with all utensils.Handles: Cast stainless steel. Triple riveted for secure handling and durability. Long, Cool-V handles stay cool on the stovetop. Lightweight, ergonomic design for comfort.Usage: Vessels are safe to use on gas, electric, halogen, ceramic and induction stovetops. Oven and broiler safe.Covers: Tempered glass cover is oven-safe to 450°F/230°C. Allows easy monitoring of the cooking process. Domed shape returns moisture to foods. Stainless steel band to reinforce glass. read more

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Calphalon's 1.5-qt. Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan is truly an asset to any kitchen. Its heavy-gauge bottom and tri-ply aluminum... and stainless steel construction conduct heat efficiently. High sides and a narrow opening control evaporation to help your food retain moisture, nutrients and flavor. Its stainless steel, reinforced tempered glass lid lets you monitor your progress without letting moisture escape. This Calphalon saucepan is just the right size for preparing individual portions, making it useful for preparing quick breakfasts.When we're preparing a gravy, sauce, hot cereal, rice, quinoa or vegetables, we really appreciate the sloped bottom, which makes stirring more efficient. We also like the long, rolled steel handle, which is designed to stay cool on the stovetop. The saucepan even has a convenient pour spout to prevent splatters. You can use any type of utensils with this saucepan without damaging the surface, and it's dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. This 1.5-qt. saucepan is safe for use on all cooktops, even induction, and it's covered by a lifetime warranty.Features:Tri-ply construction gives you aluminum's high performance and stainless steel's attractivenessHigh sides and narrow opening controls evaporationHeavy-gauge bottom ensures even, consistent heatingSloped bottom interior allows easy stirringInduction heating capableTempered glass coverOven, broiler and dishwasher safeLifetime warranty read more

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Use the Calphalon Contemporary 1.5-qt. Stainless Steel Saucepan to create mouthwatering gravies and sauces. Its curved bottom lets... you remove food with minimal effort, while the saucepan's aluminum construction allows for even heating. The tempered glass cover lets you to monitor your food as it cooks and prevents moisture and heat from escaping.This handsome stainless steel saucepan helps you turn out delectable sauces, gravies and hot cereals. The sturdy glass lid and curved sides add elegance, while the heavy-gauge construction means it's suitable to use on ceramic, electric, gas, halogen and induction stovetops. Its rolled steel, long handle stays cool when used on a stovetop so you can lift the pan safely. Caring for and cleaning the 1.5-quart Calphalon stainless steel saucepan is easy since it's dishwasher safe, and the brushed stainless steel surface is both beautiful and functional.Features:Aluminum core provides even, consistent heatingBrushed stainless steel exteriorCalphalon saucepan with curved bottom is induction readyComes with a tempered glass lid1.5-quart stainless steel saucepan has a rolled Cool Touch handleDishwasher safeLifetime warranty read more

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For small-scale tasks such as reheating soup, making rice or melting butter, you'll really appreciate the compact size of this All...-Clad 1.5-qt. Stainless Saucepan. This small saucepan only holds 6 cups, but don't let its diminutive size fool you. It still has the same functionality and long-lasting durability that you've come to expect from the All-Clad name, with a few updates that will make it one of your most indispensable pans. It features premium triple-ply construction with a layer of 18/10 stainless steel, a layer of aluminum and a magnetic layer for optimal performance. The magnetic layer allows it to be easily used on your induction cooking surface with ease, so it's a versatile saucepan that you'll grab again and again and enjoy for years to come. It's equipped with an enhanced stick handle and is double riveted for added strength when transferring the pan between your stovetop and counter. The inside of the pan is marked to indicate the capacity for ease of use and to allow you to quickly determine how much liquid or other ingredients are inside. Features: Triple-ply construction provides even heat distribution and very responsive conduction for the best results with your recipes Crafted from 18/10 stainless steel/aluminum/magnetic stainless steel for long service life and optimal performance Riveted stainless steel handles for durability and added strength Compatible with induction cooking surfaces for versatility in the kitchen The All-Clad logo is laser-etched onto the pan's handle for authenticity Capacity markings on the pan allow you to easily see how much is inside read more

Sauciers

With a rounded base, a saucier is a great addition to a saucepan collection for whisking and stirring. This pan is an alternate pan to use when making sauces or risotto.

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Whip up wonderful sauces using this Le Creuset 2.25-qt. Enamel Cast Iron Saucier Pan. Ideal for whisking and stirring ingredients ...thanks to its curved sides, this pan is a versatile tool that lets you combine ingredients on your stovetop. Unlike traditional cast iron skillets and pans, this piece doesn't need to be seasoned and is ready right out of the box. Its nonreactive surface means you can use it to create rich marinara sauces and red wine reductions that are full of flavor. You'll appreciate the even heat distribution it uses to cook your favorite soups, and the pan knob resists temperatures up to 375 degrees F for added convenience. The lid fits securely on top of the pan to seal in moisture and flavor for optimum results. We love the beautiful look of this pan, which resists chipping and cracking even with regular use. If you love to make sauces, soups and reductions, this saucier pan is a must-have for your kitchen. Best Used For: Use this saucier pan to make smaller batches of hearty toma read more

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Whip up wonderful sauces using this Le Creuset 2.25-qt. Enamel Cast Iron Saucier Pan. Ideal for whisking and stirring ingredients ...thanks to its curved sides, this pan is a versatile tool that lets you combine ingredients on your stovetop. Unlike traditional cast iron skillets and pans, this piece doesn't need to be seasoned and is ready right out of the box. Its nonreactive surface means you can use it to create rich marinara sauces and red wine reductions that are full of flavor. You'll appreciate the even heat distribution it uses to cook your favorite soups, and the pan knob resists temperatures up to 375 degrees F for added convenience. The lid fits securely on top of the pan to seal in moisture and flavor for optimum results. We love the beautiful look of this pan, which resists chipping and cracking even with regular use. If you love to make sauces, soups and reductions, this saucier pan is a must-have for your kitchen. Best Used For: Use this saucier pan to make smaller batches of hearty toma read more

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Heat soups, reheat chili and reduce sauces with the All-Clad 1-qt. Stainless Open Saucier Pan. This multipurpose pan has an 18/10 ...stainless steel surface and a triple-ply construction with an aluminum core that delivers even heating throughout the entire pan and avoids hot spots that could ruin your meal. It is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a lifetime warranty, so you know you can rely on it for durability and quality. The rounded base comes in handy when you're preparing foods that require frequent stirring or whisking, such as custards and risottos, and the small size makes this pan ideal for heating or reheating small quantities of food. The wide opening makes it easy to get utensils into the pan, while the high sides prevent splashes even when you're stirring vigorously. You can use this pan on an induction stovetop as well as on traditional gas or electric stoves. When you need to move the pan from one burner to another, the riveted stainless steel handle offers a comfortable grip. A read more

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The Le Creuset saucier allows you to prepare and heat your dishes perfectly! The large capacity and contoured lines make stirring,... beating and mixing a breeze. The ultra smooth enameled base is ideal for all heat sources, including induction. This saucier is ideal for sauce reduction, re-heating and hot and cold emulsions. Making the perfect sauce has never been easier! The right pan is essential for making sauces and the Saucier Pan has all the credentials you'll need. Its wide, shallow design and curved side edges make stirring efficient, so that any sauce will cook evenly and at the pace you dictate - a quicker boil for reducing volume or a slow gentle simmer to cook ingredients thoroughly. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying saucepans can be quite simple. As long as you choose three sizes and throw in a saucier, you're set. Choose from stainless steel or aluminum, and nonstick or not.

Material

Some materials are better heat conductors and cook more evenly than others. Stainless steel with an aluminum or copper core is a good choice, as are enamel-coated cast-iron pans and anodized-aluminum pans. Copper is a great heat conductor, but pans made of copper are expensive, react with acidic foods, and require polishing.

Interior

Nonstick surfaces prevent sticking and also require less fat when sauteing. Some nonstick surfaces cannot withstand the heat that other surfaces can, so make sure to read the use and care manual before using. These surfaces may damage more easily than others, and the pans may need to be replaced from time to time.

Lids

Lids are important when simmering mixtures to prevent splattering and keep ingredients warm. The lid should be tight-fitting so the heat stays in and does not escape. If you are the curious type, consider a pan with a glass lid; this will allow for easy viewing without interrupting the cooking process by lifting the lid and releasing the heat.

Handles

Not only will you hold the handle during the cooking process, you will also need to lift and pour ingredients from the pan. Choose handles that are comfortable and easy to grip. Riveted handles are more secure than those that are glued.

Stackable

Unless you have a pan rack, stackable pan sizes are convenient, as they can be stored inside one another.

Maintenance

Consider how much care you want to give your saucepans each time you use them. Stainless steel, anodized aluminum, and enamel-coated cast iron will require less upkeep than copper, as it needs to be polished and shined. Whatever material you choose, read the use and care manual to maximize the life of your pans.

Price

Saucepans vary greatly in price. So consider your expertise level in the kitchen, how often you plan to cook, and how much you are willing to pay. Saucepans are a purchase where you truly get what you pay for.

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Begin your favorite recipe on the stovetop and finish it in the oven with the Swiss Diamond 11 inch (3.7-quart) Induction Sauteuse.... With a cooking depth of approximately 2.4 inches, this piece is the ideal read more

Swiss Diamond 3.7 Quart Sauteuse withLid
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This large Swiss Diamond 4.8 quart sauteuse is a great all-purpose pan, good for a variety of cooking tasks. The sauteuse is a mix... between a saute pan and a pot, and works great for read more

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A 2-quart saucepan is a must-have for your kitchen, and this saucepan by Mario Batali is top of the line. You'll use it for everyt...hing from heating/reheating soup to boiling eggs. read more

Mario Batali by Dansk 2-quart Persimmon Saucepan
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Mario Batali by Dansk 2-quart Chianti Saucepan
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John Pawson architect & designer, partnered together with Demeyere cookware to design this exquisite high-performing cookware. The... combination of function and minimalist design gives this series its unique contemporary character and appeal. Demeyere cookware is known for their advanced technology & innovative design. The technology behind each cooking pot or pan is designed for that particular cooking function. The John Pawson collection features a 7-layer capsule base consisting of stainless steel, pure silver, copper, and Tripllnduc; this combination of metals delivers high performance and distributes the heat quickly & evenly. The patented Tripllnduc formula is a combination of three alloys that allows you to switch from one heat source to another without deforming or warping the pan. Tripllnduc is also 30% more efficient when cooking on induction cooktops. The thick stainless steel walls and special base are highly energy-friendly; the heat stays in the cooking pot and does not escape outside of the pan. Demeyere cookware is hygienic; each handle is cast stainless steel no interior rivets to clean. Other features include the Silvinox surface treatment, which removes the iron impurities from the surface and keeps the stainless steel silvery white. The John Pawson collection will deliver high-performance every time you cook and is sleek in design. Made in Belgium Product dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3.25-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles and lid, please click on Specs tab. read more

Demeyere John Pawson 4.2-quart Stainless Steel Saute Pan
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Scanpan Classic series represents quality, functionality & durability. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's lates...t technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic & titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan & lid is oven safe up to 500°. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. Product dimensions: 8 x 8 x 2.5-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles and lid, please click on Specs tab. read more

Scanpan Classic 1.5-quart Nonstick Saute Pan
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The Le Creuset Forged Hard Anodized Nonstick Saucepan with Glass Lid is designed to prepare a wide range of ingredients on the sto...vetop, or even finish one-pan meals quickly and conveniently. The tempered glass lid allows for easily monitoring cooking progress without lifting. Le Creuset forged hard-anodized pans deliver unsurpassed nonstick performance with a seamless reinforced coating that will never peel or flake during use. The forging process also prevents warping and facilitates even heat distribution. read more

Le Creuset Forged Hard Anodized 4-quart Nonstick Saucepan with Glass Lid
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The Le Creuset Signature Saucepan features a smoothly curved interior and a rounded base with no tight corners to trap ingredients... allowing to blend easily. The extended helper handle and a contoured main handle also provide added control when transferring cookware on the stovetop or between the kitchen and the table. Crafted of durable cast iron and protected by Le Creuset's enhanced enameling, the Signature saucepan provides the optimal medium for sauce making with its precise and responsive temperature control properties. In fact, cast iron has long been used by chefs around the world to achieve the steady low-to-medium heat required for building delicate sauces. Made in France, lifetime warranty. read more

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron 1.75-quart Soleil Saucepan
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The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Aurora Stainless Steel Saucepan is perfect for making sauces, heating milk, melting butter, and more. Z...willing J.A. Henckels Aurora features a satin finish 18/10 stainless steel exterior with mirror finished, riveted ergonomic stay-cool handles. The 3-layer aluminum core is designed for quick and even heat distribution with excellent heat retention, and provides outstanding base stability so the cookware sits flat on the heating element. The exterior is made of magnetic stainless steel, suitable for all cooktops, including induction. The Sigma Clad 5-ply material guarantees even heat distribution directly to the very edge of the cookware. Made in Belgium, lifetime warranty. read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Aurora 4-quart Stainless Steel Saucepan
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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Cookware is a healthy and environment-friendly breakthrough in trad...itional nonstick cookware. This eco-friendly CeraForce nonstick ceramic coating cookware features a magnetic stainless-steel exterior with a strong aluminum core. The ceramic coating has a noticeably higher heat-resistance and combines perfect nonstick properties for ease of use. This energy-efficient cookware conducts and retains heat evenly from rim to rim for uniform cooking without hot spots. With its excellent heat conduction and high-quality nonstick coating, Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Cookware is a product that should not be missing in your kitchen. read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit 3-quart Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Saucepan with Lid
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