Saucepan or Sauteuse pan?

dbaguyDecember 10, 2007

Cook's Illustrated inferred (can't find link; only have a printout now) that the Sauteuse can function as a saucepan as well as allow for faster reduction (greater liquid surface area compared to heating area) and allows whisks to more easily access the interior surfaces. (They still listed top choices for both.) It looks like a sauteuse pan is also called a saucier. The link appears to reference the top choices by CI.

Any thoughts as to "Why buy both?" or "Is one better (i.e., more multi-functional) than the other?"

Here is a link that might be useful: Cook's Illustrated Essential Cookware (Amazon)

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A sauce pan will cook things requiring a deeper pan, like a few potatoes for 2 people, or pasta for 1, or my caramel sauce that doesn't make a lot but boils over easily.
Most times a skillet does me for a saucier.
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 10, 2007 at 7:12PM
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I have both. It is true that it is easier to use a whisk in the sauteuse, however the difference is not that big. On the other hand, for a given volume, a sautuese is considerably bigger than a saucepan. Also, the saucepan heats things up a bit faster than the sauteuse.

I don't really experience that there's much practical difference between the two styles, except that the sautuese is a bigger pan to wash.

If you were to get just one pan, I think you would be happier with a saucepan.

(A serious chef might have a different take on this, though.)

    Bookmark   December 10, 2007 at 10:26PM
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I have a sautuese from Williams Sonama -- Calphalon non-stick. I love it.

Made Kung Pao chicken last night and eggplant parm tonight.

My only complaint is that the far edges of the pan don't seem to get as hot as the middle.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 8:37AM
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