|1 1/2 qt. sauce pan|
Typically you want to have a small sauce pan with a capacity of at least 1 quart and no bigger than 2 quart. Your second sauce pan should then be at least 2 quarts and up to 3 quarts in size. I really like my 1 1/2 and 3 quart pans. They seem to handle all my needs until I get to making soups and other large batch recipes. You need to remember that the size stated for the pan is if it is filled to the rim. So that 1 1/2 pan of mine is good for anything from a cup to a full quart of product without making a mess. It's hard to stir something that is all the way up to the rim and not have a disaster.
|3 qt. sauce pan w/steamer insert|
If you look at a recipe and it seems like the pan is going to be to full, move up to your next size pan. Another thing to consider is time. There are times when it makes sense to use the 3 qt. pan with a small recipe. The larger pan usually has a wider base which covers more of the burner on your stove top. That wider base makes something like a white sauce heat a little quicker for you. Remember that every one's life is different and there are times you need to make adjustments to your cooking. Sometimes it is because of time and other times it is because of ingredients. Just adjust as your life requires and enjoy what you're doing.
|double boiler w/steamer insert|
How many, what sizes and what material your equipment is made from are only questions that you can answer. You have to make decisions on what is best for your desired life style and budget. Have fun with your decisions and don't let them stress you out. Life is too short not to enjoy.
On the next blog, stove tops will be the topic of discussion.