Which Pan Is An Essential Cooking Pan?

Which Pan Is An Essential Cooking Pan?
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    We all want to know how to cook well. At least most of us do.

    However, when you’re just starting out, and you’re still not a very good cook - not good enough to throw a dinner party for your friends that it – then this can seem so difficult.

    Ordering food just seems easier.


But what if we told you that you could make amazing meals with just one crucial pan?  How?

Well, first you need to know your cookware. There are numerous different types of pots and pans that all have their purpose in the kitchen. And yet, if you don’t have all that space in your kitchen, you might want something that serves the purpose of all those pans combined. This chef, for example, believes that a good chef only needs a few simple tools, no-frills.

Let’s see what you should look for:

Frying Pan

A frying pan or a skillet is a type of pan that you would use to cook with little to no oil on high heat. These come in all shapes and sizes and all kinds of materials. And you might think that this is your essential pan, but it’s not.

The trouble is, you don’t have enough depth for cooking soups, pasta, sauces and those one-pot meals which always turn out so tasty. With a skillet, you only have enough space and depth to stir-fry some veggies, patties or similar meals.

Again, not an ideal situation.

Plus, a frying pan would have to be a high-quality pan if you want it to last for a long time. Your pan needs to be made out of a sturdy material. See here: https://www.thekitchn.com/a-guide-to-the-best-material-for-pots-and-pans-pros-cons-168241

Some people claim they can’t live without their non-stick frying pan, while some wouldn’t know what to do without their cast iron skillet or their stainless-steel skillet. These all serve a different purpose.

For example, you could use a non-stick pan for many things, but they are very fragile, so people usually use them for eggs or meals that don’t require a lot of scratching. Cleaning them can prove to be a nightmare if you make a wrong meal in them. Cast iron skillets are perfect for meat, but they can never be washed with detergent and need specific care. Besides, with them being good for meat almost exclusively, where does one cook other food?

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Then there’s the stainless-steel pan for all your quick frying needs. However, it would still prove a bit difficult to do moist heat cooking in there.

Sauce Pan (Stock Pot/Dutch Oven)

So, you’d also need something for some wet heat cooking, either with water or with oil. Saucepans are a great option for all sorts of soups, pasta, sauces, stews and so on. However, frying anything in it or dry heat cooking in a saucepan might prove to be a bit difficult.

Admittedly, there is the sauté pan which could do some of that, but it’s mostly meant for sauces and quick boiling.

There are a lot of different saucepans, but basically, anything with higher sides could be used in the same way. So, this could include a Dutch oven, a stockpot, etc. If you’re not really into one-pot meals, you might find that this one is taking up a ton of space but not doing much.

You’ll still need one saucepan to boil pasta and make soups, for instance. So, in a way, it is an essential cooking pan, but not in the way you’d think.

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Roasting Pan

When you have those big pieces of meat or you simply want to make an elegant dinner, roasting pans are indispensable. These pans also come in different shapes and sizes. You can get an oval one with a lid that serves best for chicken, smaller meat and one-pot meals. Then there’ the rectangular one which is a bit larger and can fit more food.

You can even get a roasting rack and make it easier for you.

It will serve you best for meats and already mentioned meals. However, while you can throw a lot of stuff in it and cook it simply without thinking much about it, a roasting pan still has its pitfalls.

For instance, you can’t make anything quickly. You can’t boil anything simply. So, it’s not an ideal pan.

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An Ideal Pan

All of these pans are ideal in certain situations. But, if you really want to own something that will switch well between making a sauce and cooking meat in dry heat, it’s not that hard to find. Many companies have recognized the need to make something versatile. So, look for a wide frying pan with higher sides and preferably a lid. This one will allow you to make all sorts of food except maybe make soup and pasta. Other than that, it can take you on an amazing culinary journey.

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