Vital Cooking Vessels for the Kitchen: The Sauce Pan

Like the Dutch Oven and Stockpot, the Sauce Pan can be one of the most versatile cooking vessels, which makes it key for your kitchen. As we continue our Vital Cooking Vessels for the Kitchen Series, this article below will explain why the Sauce Pan is vital. There are also some added notes that may just Ignite your Passion too.

An All-Clad Sauce Pan is essential when cooking sauces and gravies but, it is also needed for many other recipes as well. The high sides, tight-fitting lid, and ability to distribute heat evenly and quickly makes this Vital Cooking Vessel ideal for dishes that call for stewing, steaming, blanching, and boiling. Additionally, All-Clad’s Stainless Steel cookware can go from stovetop to oven, up to 600°F. So, you can also add braising to the list of tasks a sauce pan can complete. The All-Clad Stainless Steel Sauce Pan is available in a range of capacities and a variety of different series including D3 Stainless, D3 Everyday, D5 Stainless, D5 Brushed, and Copper Core.

Here are some of our favorite ways to use a Sauce Pan:

Elevated Sauces

Whether you make a quick sauce or simmer all day long, a sauce pan was made for your favorite sauces. A sauce pan features steep walls, and has a larger capacity than most vessels. With All-Clad's bonded construction and heat retention, your sauce will cook evenly and extract flavors out of each ingredient used, no matter how long it is cooked. Additionally, the wide range of capacity can easily hold enough for a family of four or more. Check out this recipe for a Classic Tomato Sauce.

Professional Desserts

Having an All-Clad Copper Core Sauce Pan turns creating a chocolate ganache from a process requiring a double boiler, to a one-pot wonder. This particular sauce pan has the ability to react to heat quickly and precisely thanks to the Copper Core. It will allow for your ganache to come out rich and luscious without having to use a double boiler or worry about burning during the process. The deep construction of the sauce pan will give your more room to cook as little and as much as you need.

Simplified Rice Cooker

A rice cooker is not required to get perfectly cooked grains. An All-Clad Sauce Pan with a lid is the perfect substitute. The tight-fitting lid on All-Clad sauce pans allows rice to steam perfectly, and since heat is distributed evenly and quickly, once your pan is covered, you can be assured that the heat will go from boil to low simmer fast. This ensures you do not undercook or burn your rice.

A Balanced Meal with Tasty Vegetables

A sauce pan is key to one of the most unsung heroes of the kitchen – blanching! Blanching is a quick way to cook green vegetables while maintaining their vibrant color. To blanch, just add your vegetables to a boiling pot of water for just under a minute, which will gently soften the outside while keeping the interior crisp. The All-Clad Sauce pan will boil seamlessly and the large capacity will give you enough room to accomplish the task.

Do you have an All-Clad Sauce Pan? What are your favorite things to cook in it? Let us know in the comments!