How to Pick the Right Pot That Will Help You Conquer Your Kitchen
By: Kayla Brown
Most recipes are clear when it comes to measurements and ingredients. But when it comes to what pot to use – most recipes are super vague. They describe pots as “small”, “medium” or “large”, as if pots and pans are t-shirts. So before we breakdown what size pan is best for what dish, here are some tips for picking the right pot for your kitchen.
1. BIGGER IS BETTER
When it doubt, always go bigger. It’s better to have your ingredients fit in the pan, than to have a volatile mess when your pasta starts boiling over. Plus, it always best to not overcrowd your foods. Especially when you're browning meats.
2. THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Sick and tired of tons of pots taking up your precious cabinet space? We understand. A good rule of thumb is when you’re building up (or revamping) your cookware collection, you need to start with 3 pots. For most kitchens, even the largest of families only need 3-4 pots to get the job done.
3. LIDS ARE A POT'S BEST FRIEND
Dogs are a man’s best friend, diamonds are a home chef’s best friend (see what we did there?)
If you don't have a lid for your frying pans, it isn’t detrimental. (Although lids do make for some delicious fried eggs & grilled cheeses). But when it comes to stock pots, Dutch ovens, or saucepans – lids are super useful. They help to retain moisture, and keep heat in the pan, which ultimately helps your dish cook faster.
2-3 Quart Saucepan (With Lid)
This is the pan that you'll use all throughout the year. It’s unbelievably diverse, perfect for rice, vegetables, sauces, soups, and so much more.
5-6 Quart Dutch Oven (With Lid)
This pot is necessary because it’s the perfect vessel for soups, stews and braises. This should definitely be an Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven if you can get your hands on one.
9-12 Quart Stock Pot
Never again will you have to make dishes in batches because you didn’t have one of these babies. Stock pots are perfect for Southern crab boils, large servings of Super Bowl Chili, or even spaghetti for your family.
Now that you’re an expert on what pots to keep stocked in your kitchen, it’s time to make some mind-blowing meals!