How to Choose a Sauté Pan

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Sautéing is one of those basic cooking techniques that lets you create delicious meals with plenty of variety to tempt your family’s palate. However, in order to sauté properly, you need the right equipment for the job.

Here are some tips on how to choose a sauté pan that will help you be more successful in the kitchen.

What is the Purpose of Sautéing Food?

In order to choose the best sauté pan, it helps if you understand the reason why sautéing is different from other cooking methods. One of the disadvantages of frying food is that the long cooking time tends to dry out your meals, leaving them tough and drained of flavor. Sautéing is a cooking method that involves adding food to a hot pan with butter or oil in it. The food cooks quickly, sealing in the flavor and tenderness while creating a seared outside for flavor and texture.

How Do You Sauté Food?

Unlike searing, sautéing actually cooks the food through. In order to do this, you need a high temperature and enough room in your pan that the food lies in a single layer across the bottom. This ensures quick and even temperature, without the stewing that would tough tender cuts of meat. The food is often tossed to ensure that all sides are properly heated, and to avoid sticking to the pan.

What Should You Look For in a Sauté Pan?
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A good sauté pan should be large enough that all of your ingredients can lie flat on the surface. Crowding your food is one of the chief reasons why sautéing fails. If you are planning on cooking something like a filet mignon, you can use a relatively small sauté pan. For vegetables and hash browns, you’ll need a larger surface to work with.


It’s very important that a sauté pan be able to distribute heat evenly. For this reason, choose a pan with a thick bottom. Stainless steel with an aluminum core is a good choice. Cast iron is also very effective, although these pans may be too heavy to toss effectively. Some people also prefer anodized aluminum sauté pans or regular aluminum with a non-stick surface.


A proper sauté pan has sloping sides that help the food return to the pan when tossing. A pan with short, straight sides is actually a sauce pan.


In order to properly toss your food as you sauté, you’ll need a pan with a long and sturdy handle. Make sure that the handle of your pans is firmly attached to the body of the pan and that it is made of a strong and durable material. A good sauté pan can help you make deliciously tender meats and tasty vegetables. Using these tips, you can find a great pan that is right for your kitchen.

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Berndes – SignoCAST 11 Saute Pan
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The Versatile All Clad Dutch Oven

all-clad-dutch-ovenWe are hooked on All Clad cookware and the All Clad Dutch Oven is one of those versatile pots that you will use over and over again.

We previously reviewed the All Clad Dutch Oven with the aluminum core and the hard anodized exterior, a dutch oven that we found to be versatile and practical. All Clad also have this Dutch Oven available with a polished stainless steel exterior which is very attractive.

If you are looking for an attractive piece of cookware that can be used on both the stove top and in the oven then this is the pot for you.  The large bottom surface is ideal for browning ingredients and the sides are high enough to prevent foods from spattering.  The walls are rounded making it easy to stir and mix in the ingredients.

This Dutch Oven has a large capacity so you can mix up a bunch of chili on footy nights and feed a crowd.All-Clad Stainless 5-1/2 qt. Dutch Oven

We know you will get a lot of use from the All Clad Dutch Oven, and remember, nobody ever regretted buying quality.

And where can I buy my All Clad Dutch Oven online:

Don’t forget to read our review on the All Clad Dutch Oven or our Guide to Dutch Ovens for an overview on the versatility of this cookware.

All Clad Double Boiler and Inserts Review: Compare Prices

all-clad-double-boiler-reviewIf you are a seasoned cook then you already know how important a double boiler is for getting perfect cooking results especially when it comes to melting chocolate and preparing those delicate sauces. The All Clad Double Boiler is a must have in this respect.

The All Clad Double Boiler comes with a 2qt stainless steel saucepan and a 1.5qt ceramic insert so already you are getting a multi-purpose item. Even if you aren’t one for using a double boiler on a regular basis you will still get plenty of use from the saucepan so it’s definitely not something that will sit unused in your

What makes these doubleboiler work so well is the ceramic insert. It ensures that foods are heated
slowly and gently without burning. We all know how scorching delicate sauces even slightly can alter the final outcome so using the right tools for the job can really make a difference to your cooking.

What We Like:

  • Lifetime warranty.
  • The  versatility of this cookware.
  • We can use it as a saucepan and as a double  boiler.
  • The sturdy  construction.
  • The elegant good  looks.

Other Things to Consider:

We were hard pressed to find something we didn’t like about the All Clad Double Boiler. The price may put
some people off but you have to remember that All Clad products are strong and durable and will last a lifetime if looked after properly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you want a quality product then stick with All-Clad – You just can’t go wrong.

You can also purchase the All Clad double boiler insert on its own if you already have an All
Clad stainless steel saucepan. Just ensure that you check the specifications prior to purchasing to ensure you have chosen the correct size insert.

And where can I purchase the All Clad Double boiler online:

Cookware Review: All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

all-clad-stainless-steel-9pc-cookware-set-reviewWe have just added our latest review for the All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set. In my opinion this is one of the best sets available on the market today for all round functionality.

All Clad have an amazing attention to detail with their products and you can’t beat them for quality and good looks.

I like the fact that although it is a stainless steel set they have also thrown in a non-stick skillet. Personally I can’t survive without non-stick for frying but I like the rest to be stainless steel so this is a perfect set in my opinion.

Read the full review hereAll Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

The All-Clad Round Covered 3Qt Cassoulet Cookware

all-clad-stainless-round-covered-cassouletHow often do you need a pan that is suited to making one dish meals?

This pan is suitable for making paella, arroz con pollo or any other one dish casserole on top of the stove or it can be placed in the oven, and it makes a most attractive serving piece for the table.

The handles are flared and the good width ensures you have a good grip when carrying the pan to the table. Talk about combined good looks and functionality.

You will find that this beautiful All-Clad pan has a hand polished 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface that won’t react with the food you are preparing.

The 3 quart cassoulet will allow you to prepare a hearty meal for two with leftovers or a meal big enough for 4 servings.

We love the All-Clad range of cookware for it’s good looks and versatility.

Note:This piece is not suitable for use on induction stoves.

If you need inspiration for using this pan, visit Simply Recipes or Smitten Kitchen for great tasting arroz con pollo.

And where can you purchase the All-Clad round Cassoulet?