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Old 06-20-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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One meal dish pan

What is the difference between "everyday pan", "chef's Pan" ,"saute pan" and chicken fryer. I like to make one meal dishes and would like to know which pan you think would be best.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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For me, choosing a pan depends on what I am making and how the dish starts out. Sometimes, when making a chicken dish that requires browning, I might use a saute pan. I just make sure all my other ingredients fit in it without spilling over. When browning hunks of meat for maybe a stew beef I use more of a Dutch oven...even if I have to brown in batches the Dutch oven works better.

It really depends on what the dish is.


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Old 06-20-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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skillet for browning and quick cooking. crockpot of chili , etc. casseroles. i have an assortment of corning ware , different size's. i use if baking a casserole or for the micro. like kitchenelf says , it all depends.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:26 AM   #4
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Different brands market their cookware in different ways - the names change simply to confuse you!!!

There is little difference between a Chef's pan, a Skillet, a Saute Pan, Chicken Pan, Stir-fry pan etc. My advice to you is BUY ONE WITH A GOOD FITTING LID. this way you can use if for stews, casseroles, risotto, steam cooking, frying and much much more - 24 cm is a great size too.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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I agree with Kitchenelf - an enameled cast iron Dutch oven is great for browning most anything and then building upon it - into a stew for instance. I might also suggest a cast iron skillet with a splatter cover is tough to beat for things such as fried chicken or steak.

Cast iron gets hotter, retains heat, and heats more evenly than stainless or copper.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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I don't really pay attention to names of definitions of pans. I grab what I need and use it .
If I'm going to make fried rice with a tonne of veggies I use a skillet ( stainless steel cuisinart ). If I'm making a pasta with chicken or beef I also use a skillet. For hashbrowns I'd use the large but not deep frying pan . For browning ground beef I'd use the skillet or dutch oven style pot. It all depends on what you are comfortable with using
If I was making a one dish meal I 'd use the dutch oven or skillet definitely.

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