From the Calphalon Kitchen: All About Sauce Pans


Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 7/15/2013

Shop all Calphalon Sauce PansFrom tall stock pots to wide omelette pans, Calphalon cookware is carefully designed to allow you excel at specific techniques in the kitchen. The sauce pan is one of the most commonly used pieces of cookware, with high sides and a narrow opening that work together to help you control heat and evaporation. If you're shopping for a new saucepan, here are a few things to look for:

Consistent pan thickness. Helps gently retain and evenly radiate heat across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. This allows food to cook evenly at every point in the pan.

Heavy-gauge construction. Thick bottoms heat more evenly, and will help protect sauces and other foods from scorching.

Rounded bottoms. Allows spoons and whisks to reach into pan corners, ensuring that sauces are evenly stirred.

Size availability. Choosing the right size pan for your taks is important. Small capacity (1-qt. or 1½-qt.) sauce pans are perfect for warming sauces or melting butter or chocolate, while large capacity (3-qt. to 4½-qt.) sauce pans can be used to prepare pasta, heat stock, boil water for potatoes, or make rice with room to spare.

Sauce PanSimply Calphalon Nonstick 1-qt. Sauce Pan
Calphalon Unison Nonstick 4-qt. Sauce Pan

Glass covers. In addition to helping retain moisture during slow cooking, glass covers can help you keep an eye on what you’re cooking without having to lift the lid. Some sauce pans come with straining lids, which allow you to easily drain liquids without using a separate colander.

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 3½ -qt. Pour & Strain Sauce Pan

Comfortable handles. Long handles with a stay-cool design make cooking more comfortable on the stovetop. Some large capacity sauce pans are also fitted with an extra loop handle. Sometimes called a helper handle, it can make the pan easier to lift, carry and pour.

Specialty shapes. Shallow sauce pans are wider and shorter than traditional sauce pans. With a larger area in direct contact with the stovetop burner, these pans are ideal for faster sauce reduction and evaporation.

Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel 2½ -qt. Shallow Sauce Pan​​