8 Different Types of Cooking Pots & Pans
Depending on the types of foods you will prepare in your kitchen, there will be some essential items you should purchase. Further to that, there are many things you can put off purchasing or avoid altogether.
If you have a limited budget, there are a few pots and pans that you could buy that would allow you to prepare almost any recipe. Keep reading to learn more about the eight pieces of kitchen equipment that you will need, and what you can cook with each one.
1. 10” Cast Iron Grill Pan
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This is a pan that has grooves in the bottom for searing meat; while you cook, fat stays in the grooves below the food. It leaves a lovely grill pattern on your meat or vegetables. Always make sure to properly season the pan and clean between the grooves to avoid build-up.
You’ll want to heat up the pan on medium-high heat for five minutes. Preheating the pan avoids hot spots so your food will be evenly cooked. A little bit of neutral-flavoured oil will make the pan non-stick; rub a little on it on the pre-heated grill pan.
2. 10” Cast Iron Pan
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A 10” cast iron pan allows you to grill vegetables, meats, and fish. Another benefit is that it can go into the oven. Like all other cast iron, it won’t tarnish and is easy to clean. As long as you keep your pan rust-free and well-seasoned, they’re easy to maintain and use. You can even bake with a cast-iron pan!
3. 8-Quart Dutch Oven with Lid
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You can use an 8-quart Dutch oven with lid to make casseroles or poach, fry, and blanch foods. It heats up evenly and you can use it on the stovetop, in the oven, and on your table as a serving dish. You can cook pizzas, cakes, breads, and other desserts, too, or even use the lid as a griddle or skillet.
4. 6” or 10” Stainless Steel Sauté Pan
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Your stainless steel sauté pan will allow you to stir fry foods, sauté vegetables, braise meats and veggies, and finish dishes. Always get one with a lid. It’s also possible to season a stainless steel pan for non-stick cooking if you prefer to avoid traditional non-stick cookware.
5. 8” Non-Stick Sauté Pan
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Non-stick pans allow you to cook foods at lower temperatures without risk of sticking. Ideal for things like fish and eggs, non-stick pans make clean-up easy. Never use metal instruments with these because the surface of the pan will scratch.
6. 2-Quart Sauce Pan with Lid
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Your smaller sauce pan is great for making sauces and reheating soups, cooking oatmeal, boiling eggs, and even boiling water for tea or your French press coffee. You’ll find this size to be perfect for a wide range of applications in your kitchen.
7. 4-Quart Sauce Pan with Lid
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A larger, 4-quart sauce pan is useful for making larger sauces, cooking larger soups and stews, and boiling eggs for two to three people. You will also use this pot to cook rice and other smaller grains like macaroni or penné.
8. Large Stock Pot
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If you have room in your budget for one more pot, perhaps you should consider a large stock pot. Depending on the size of the meals you will cook, you could use a 5-quart or even larger for large quantities of pasta; lobsters; huge soups, stews, or chilis; soup stocks; and even boiling water for canning.