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Old 03-20-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Pots and pans, today's terminology?

I thought i would go shopping to pick up some pots and pans for my daughter.(this way she could use and take care of them herself,now that she is cooking more). But while i was looking around i thought i would pick some things i need up. Boy, I felt like i stepped into different world with these pans. I asked the girl i need a decent frying pan... few min.later she came back with what i call a saute pan (sloped sides) here she said. I guess i looked a little surprised,she said this isnt what u wanted i said no. Then told her again i need a frying pan with straight sides u know a frying pan. She once again returned with a saute pan (she called it) and said this is what u need.I said thats a saute pan? Looks more like a frying pan,she says no its a saute pan. I dont get it.... I have always called a frying pan a frying pan or skillet one of the same. They will either have straight sides or sloped sides,....but the sloped sides to me are called saute pans.(NOT STRAIGHT SIDES). But now a days what I call a saute pan ...slope sides are now frying pans and what I call a frying pan now called a saute pan! Any one else had this encounter?

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Old 03-20-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Frying pans, frypans, or skillets provide a large flat heating surface and shallow sides, and are best for pan frying. Frypans with a gentle, rolling slope are sometimes called omelette pans. Grill pans are frypans that are ribbed, to let fat drain away from the food being cooked. Frypans and grill pans are generally measured by diameter (20–30 cm).
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Sauté pans, used for sauteing, have a large surface area and low sides to permit steam to escape and allow the cook to toss the food. The word "sauté" comes from the French verb "sauter", meaning to jump. Saute pans often have straight vertical sides, but may also have flared or rounded sides.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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Yes, I ran into that some time ago when I was shopping for pans. Straight sides=sauté pan, sloping sides=frying pan. I know it's confusing because it's the opposite of what it once was. We all just have to adjust to it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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As the industry goes today, straight sided pans are overwhelmingly "saute." And of course, that's largely how they are used. Here's what I think happened.

"Saute" sounds sophisticated. It sounds healthier and more subtle than FRYING. And, as we know, frying is evil. So, whatever the pan design, it's a saute pan.

People don't deep fry in pans much anymore, as in the way such things as cast iron "chicken fryers" were intended to be used. What people are mostly doing is actually sauteing. Steaks and fish are most often grilled or broiled.

The straight sided pan is easier for most people to use without losing contents over the side while sauteing.

This is part of the maturing of American cooking that has taken place since the 1960's. Prior to that, you never heard anyone talk about saute pans. It was always "frying pan," and it was most often used to fry.

If you want an enlightening exercise. Put "saute pan" into Google image search. Then put "fry pan" in. See what the pans look like. The clerk was doing right. She was bringing pans labeled "fry pan."
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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I think today the slop sides are pans are much more common. I check out pots and pans in stores often, you never know when you going to fina a pan you might need. I practicaly do not see frying pans with straight sides. I have one at home of course, but honestly more and more i take a slope sided pans. Somehow they are easier to work with.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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My big stainless saute pan (rather high, straight sides) is my daily workhorse. The whole bottom is equally hot and all usable, and I can brown and cover and take it straight to the oven to braise. I have one small curved pan that's used only for omelets.
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I thought i would go shopping to pick up some pots and pans for my daughter.(this way she could use and take care of them herself,now that she is cooking more). But while i was looking around i thought i would pick some things i need up. Boy, I felt like i stepped into different world with these pans. I asked the girl i need a decent frying pan... few min.later she came back with what i call a saute pan (sloped sides) here she said. I guess i looked a little surprised,she said this isnt what u wanted i said no. Then told her again i need a frying pan with straight sides u know a frying pan. She once again returned with a saute pan (she called it) and said this is what u need.I said thats a saute pan? Looks more like a frying pan,she says no its a saute pan. I dont get it.... I have always called a frying pan a frying pan or skillet one of the same. They will either have straight sides or sloped sides,....but the sloped sides to me are called saute pans.(NOT STRAIGHT SIDES). But now a days what I call a saute pan ...slope sides are now frying pans and what I call a frying pan now called a saute pan! Any one else had this encounter?

You have that backwards.
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this was forwarded to me i guess a similar question was asked here.
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In my opinion saute pans and frying pans are named incorrectly. I think the saute pan should be called a frying pan and the frying pan should be called a saute pan. The reason is that sauteing is a method of cooking where the food is constantly moving. You are often flipping the food by shaking the pan and pulling it back quickly. With the sloping sides this is very easy to do. With straight sides it is much more difficult. Frying means you have a pan with hot fat in it. Straight sides makes it easier to keep the fat where it should be instead of spilling out over your stove.

Both cooking methods can be done in either pan, but I think that sloped sides are much better for sauteing and straight sides are better for frying.
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this was forwarded to me i guess a similar question was asked here.
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In my opinion saute pans and frying pans are named incorrectly. I think the saute pan should be called a frying pan and the frying pan should be called a saute pan. The reason is that sauteing is a method of cooking where the food is constantly moving. You are often flipping the food by shaking the pan and pulling it back quickly. With the sloping sides this is very easy to do. With straight sides it is much more difficult. Frying means you have a pan with hot fat in it. Straight sides makes it easier to keep the fat where it should be instead of spilling out over your stove.

Both cooking methods can be done in either pan, but I think that sloped sides are much better for sauteing and straight sides are better for frying.
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I think we agree with that.

However, the industry names straight sided pans as sauté pans and slope sided pans as frying pans. We all have to adjust to that standard. The cookware industry isn't going to change.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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i agree we have to adjust. AS we all know times are changing....(not for the best i say).
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