Your Saute Pan is one pan you need to spend some money on (sorry).
It is the pan I cook with every day and I believe most cooks would agree ...this pan must be quality.
For perfect browning, frying, sweating vegetables, and for caramelizing onions and for one-pan dishes on the stovetop such as stroganoff, paella and chicken and rice and many other meals ...this is the type of pan you want.
Here is a picture of my sauté pan. It is a 3 quart tri-ply stainless steel pan that has an aluminum core for conducting heat quickly and evenly both on the bottom and up the sides.
I highly recommend this material for your sautéing needs. I do not believe this pan should have any non-stick material. You can read more about choosing cookware material on the main cookware page.
This pan has a tapered rim for drip-free pouring. It has one long riveted stainless-steel handle and I really like the one looped "helper" style handle.
The lid is sure-fitting so flavors and nutrients are locked in. The cover has a wide, easy-grip handle.
It doesn't react with acidic foods and will take
temperatures as high as 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the manufacturer says
it can go safely into the dishwasher, I hand wash all my pans to preserve their
finish. It washes up easily. The pan has a lifetime guarantee. I will never
have to replace it.
Household pans generally range in size from 2 to 5 quarts. I have found my pan to be big enough for almost everything I want to cook.
So what pan will you buy? Of course you want the best quality pan but we all have to be concerned with our budgets.
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Happy researching! Happy sautéing!