As new technological inventions aimed at developing efficient kitchen appliances to cater to domestic and commercial kitchens are on the rise, there is a growth in investments and sales in the industry. As such, the Kitchen and Cookware Stores have a market size of $1 billion. In 2021, according to the Australian kitchen appliance market, the overall income of this sector was $1191.8 billion. Compared with 2020, it has seen a 2% increase in revenue.
One of the basic but prominent crockery items is the saucepan. It is circular and made of metal with a long handle to hold, and one can find these pans often with lids. The well-known advantage they offer is height, as it avoids the spillage of the food while preparing food with liquid. It provides a more secure area for liquid and semi-liquid food to cook in compared to other pans. And while it is highly risky to boil water or any liquid in a skittle as it can get messy and dangerous, saucepans do not cause any harm and is practically very effective.
So, read further to know more about it!
Benefits of Using Saucepans
The tall sides of the pan make it perfect for heating sauces, liquids or liquid foods. This property helps hold in the moisture and prevents evaporation.
As the name suggests, the primary use of the pan is to prepare sauces. People can also cook minor quantities of food like stews, soups, gravies, mashed potatoes and even custard. As such, chefs generally use it to thicken some sauces or dishes like risotto because of its shallowness property.
To Boil Liquids
While preparing dishes like rice, quinoa, and pasta, this pan helps cook it faster and better than regular pots.
Blanching is a process that involves the cooking of any vegetables swiftly. And one has to cook them in salted water to remove colours and extract the vibrant flavours. Meanwhile, large or medium saucepans have sufficient space to create an ice bath for multiple vegetables.
Poach the Ingredients
It is also known as the moist-heat cooking technique, which involves drowning the food in the liquid. Nearly all these pans have enough space to poach food items like the pears or the eggs.
How Are They Different From Pots?
Pots are very similar to a saucepan, except they are larger vessels with narrow bottoms and deep and high sides with handles on each side. So when these two items are placed side-by-side, one can notice that.
The Sides Differ
The pots’ sides are longer than that of the saucepans’. And as the pots have taller sides, they are ideal for cooking slow foods, while the pans do the faster preparation work here.
The Surface Area Differs
The pots are sizeable than the pans, and they help prepare food in vast amounts for a long time. On the other hand, those preparing food in small quantities can use the pans but need to give constant attention to prevent food from burning or sticking.
The Handles Differ
The pots have two handles, and the pans have a long handle. As such, the long handle helps to move the ingredients around, while the two handles make it easy to carry large amounts of food by providing a steady grip.
Saucepans are also available in different materials, like aluminium, stainless steel, non-stick polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), copper, ceramic non-stick, and cast iron. As such, each material requires its own method of maintenance and careful use to prolong its life and quality.