This is an interesting question to answer, the word itself seems to infer a pan used for cooking sauce, right? ahh, Sauce-pan. Well, yes and no.
Simply put, The Saucepan is used for cooking things, over a stove or other heat source. Liquids are the most common use for the saucepan, with sauces, stews, and soups seeing the inside of the saucepan regularly.
Boiling water is also another very common use for the good old saucepan.
The Saucepans first came into use around the 17th century, for… you guessed it, cooking sauces. Although, obviously they can be used for cooking many other dishes.
Saucepans are usually made of aluminum, steel, copper, cast iron and are extremely common in households around the world.
What does a saucepan look like?
The Saucepan has quite a unique shape when compared to other pots n pans. A saucepan will usually have straight edges that are quite deep, especially in comparison to its girth.
This, of course, allows for more even heat distribution. It will usually have a fairly long handle to protect from the heat, and more often than not, a lid.
What does a medium saucepan look like ?
What’s the difference between a saucepan and a frying pan?
A frying pan is used for shallow frying and saucepan is used for cooking sauces and liquids. A frying pan usually has a much larger surface area than a saucepan and much shorter sides.