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Old 12-14-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Saucepan with strainer lid

I need a rice pan and while i was looking for one i saw a saucepan with strainer lid and i think it could be quite useful. Can i use this kind of saucepan to make rice as well?

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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My mom has one, and the holes are too big--rice would come thru.

I don't drain my rice--one cup of rice, 1.5 cups of water, bring to a boil, turn heat down to simmer, 15 minutes later, perfect rice. Cover the pan.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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That's exactly what i do, too..i didn't mean thant i want to drain my rice, i just wanted to know if this pan can cook rice as well to avoid buying this pan and another one for rice :):innocent
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #4
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I find straining liquids out of a saucepan using the lid more awkward than using a separate sieve/strainer.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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I'd be concerned that the rice wouldn't steam properly if the lid's holes could not be closed off.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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I need a rice pan and while i was looking for one i saw a saucepan with strainer lid and i think it could be quite useful. Can i use this kind of saucepan to make rice as well?
When you say you need a "rice pan," what do you mean? Any saucepan with a lid (no holes) can be used to make rice.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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I'd be concerned that the rice wouldn't steam properly if the lid's holes could not be closed off.
That's my concern too and i was not able to check the lid because it has a carton wrap around it, a pyrex.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:26 PM   #8
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I'd be concerned that the rice wouldn't steam properly if the lid's holes could not be closed off.
The one I have has a pouring spout and a lid that has a small perforated area that can be turned so that its over the spout for pouring but not over it when cooking to provide a seal.

But the holes are too big for rice
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #9
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What make is that, Jenny?
I've been semi-looking for a new sauce pan for steaming veggies before I saute them.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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I have a rice cooker. Perfect rice every time, for about 5 years or so, then it starts shutting off too early and you need to buy a new one.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #11
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Wolfette ... any pan with a lid will do for rice but not one with draining vents. You need to have a lid that will not allow the moisture to escape for rice. So if you have another pot with a lid that fits, use that for rice.

I had a pot once with a draining lid and I thought it would be very cool. It turned out not so cool. Went back to normal lids and a great colander.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:42 PM   #12
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So your question is regarding using the pan for other purposes as well as cooking rice. A strainer sauce pan is not worth the time or money. You can use it to cook rice as long as the cover seals off the strainer holes on the lid and pan. And you can also use the pot to cook potatoes and other foods. To use it to cook veggies and then strain them is very awkward. The weight of the food makes it difficult to tip the pan enough to drain out all the liquid. Also depending on how much food you have in the pot, you may not be draining all the water out. Then when you go to mash your veggies, you will find a pool of water still at the bottom. You can cook rice in such a pot as long as the cover seals with the pot and no steam is escaping.

You are better off buying a saucepan with a heavy duty core bottom and good fitting lid. Use a strainer or colander for draining food.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:19 PM   #13
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The one I have has a pouring spout and a lid that has a small perforated area that can be turned so that its over the spout for pouring but not over it when cooking to provide a seal.

But the holes are too big for rice
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What make is that, Jenny?
I've been semi-looking for a new sauce pan for steaming veggies before I saute them.
And now I am really looking for a new sauce pan.
No shinola, there I was, mashing my potatoes...
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:11 PM   #14
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Sorry you lost one. Looks like you got your money's worth.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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Fortunately I do not pepper my potatoes, as I had black specs that needed removed.
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Fortunately I do not pepper my potatoes, as I had black specs that needed removed.

A good reason to go for a SS handle.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:30 AM   #17
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There are a couple of alternatives that I have seen that would work quite well. The Berghoff Neo has a secure lid that can be sealed or with a slight twist will let you pour off liquids. The with another slight twist the lid can be removed. Fissler Solea also has pans with similar lid features. Could be quite handy for more than just rice.
[suggest following the method that many have described for rice in this thread however]
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:53 AM   #18
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thank you all! i'll buy a pan with a good lid :) for straining veggies, i have the colander :)
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