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Old 02-09-2017, 10:56 AM   #1
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What's this pan for?

I have a saucepan with an odd shape. I was given it by my mum. It has bulbous sides; the bottom half bulges out and the top half is relatively straight.

Does anyone know what type of pan this is and what it's for? I can't seem to find any pictures of anything similar.

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Old 02-09-2017, 11:26 AM   #2
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Can you post a picture of it? It's hard to imagine what it looks like.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:38 AM   #3
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How about an ASCII art representation instead of it from the side. :-)

It's a saucepan, but with this shape.

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Old 02-09-2017, 11:44 AM   #4
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Nice try, although it doesn't help a whole lot

Is it like this?
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:21 PM   #5
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I'm wondering if it's the bottom pan of a double boiler set.
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:21 PM   #6
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Similar in shape to this backpacking pot?

https://www.amazon.com/EVERNEW-69689...vernew+tea+pot
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:16 PM   #7
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Nice try, although it doesn't help a whole lot

Is it like this?
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Something like that, but the bulge is about 4 times more pronounced on my pan. And it only has one handle (of the sticking out type).
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:49 PM   #8
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Could it be a pan that was designed to use on a boat? They have larger bottoms so they will be less likely to tip over.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:51 PM   #9
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What is the volume of this sauce pan?
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:06 PM   #10
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:10 PM   #11
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+1! Minus the insert.
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:01 PM   #12
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"What's this pan for?"

It's for cooking.

Now as far as a specific use please defer to those posters who might have a clue.


And that isn't me.








Why would a fondue pot need wider sides???


Help me understand.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:16 PM   #13
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I used to have a pot, similar to the shaped described. I used it for general cooking, but what I liked most about is the wider , rounded bottom made it easier for a spoon/ ladle to get to those hard to reach corners of the pot.
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My grandma used to have one.... I think she used it mostly for heating milk. However, I don't think that was it's original intention.

My mother's pan was not quite as bulbous at the bottom. It was the bottom half of a double boiler.

Rock has a good lead - for stability, not just on a boat but coals or other unstable sources.
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I've seen pots like that before, but never paid a lot of attention to them. For some reason, the double boiler theory tickles my little grey cells. I have this image in my head of that pan with another one that fits on top of it.

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Old 02-09-2017, 08:48 PM   #16
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I did a google image search, and it seems a lot of double boiers are/were bigger at the bottom...


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I've seen pots like that before, but never paid a lot of attention to them. For some reason, the double boiler theory tickles my little grey cells. I have this image in my head of that pan with another one that fits on top of it.

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Yep, just what I surmised in post number 5. If we had a picture it would make identifying it so much easier.
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Something like one of these maybe?
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Looking at the size of the handle in relation to the pot, I would certainly think of that as a mini pot for a sauce, no?
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Looking at the size of the handle in relation to the pot, I would certainly think of that as a mini pot for a sauce, no?
Or a butter warmer.
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