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Shopping for Saute Pans

When it comes to versatility, you can't beat saute pans, which are also known as chef's pans. These pans come in several sizes and are excellent for preparing all kinds of dishes. You can cook beef, pork, poultry, eggs and vegetables with one of these pans and that's just for starters. A chef's pan is also a great way to prepare sauces and smaller portions of soups and stews.

Types of Saute Pans

Although all saute pans are basically the same shape, they come in different materials and offer different advantages. Here are some pan types to consider for your kitchen:

  • Nonstick: Williams Sonoma has a wide selection of nonstick pans from which to choose. The interior of these pans has a coating that helps food slide right off, with no scraping or scrubbing. Many people prefer nonstick pans because they're easy to clean.
  • Stainless Steel: Another popular pan material is stainless steel. You can't go wrong with a stainless steel chef's pan because this material is durable and long-lasting. It also heats evenly, so you get consistent results regardless of what you're cooking.
  • Copper: One of the most stylish types of chef's pan is copper. The rich gleam of the pan imparts elegance to any kitchen, but the copper isn't just for looks. Copper is a material that offers excellent heat conductivity, so you can achieve pro-quality results at home.
  • Enameled: Another type of pan that's as fashionable as it is functional is the enameled pan. Mackenzie-Childs is a brand that makes steel cookware with enameled exteriors in an array of colors and patterns to coordinate with your kitchen decor.

Chef's Pan Accessories

There are some accessories that you may want to consider for your new pan. It's a good idea to have a lid for your pan for greater versatility in the kitchen. If you didn't buy a saute pan with lid, you may be able to find a compatible lid that can be purchased separately. You may also want oven mitts or potholders to protect your hands when touching a hot pan.

Equip your kitchen with saute pans to enjoy a wide range of cooking options. Also, check out the rest of the cookware at Williams Sonoma, which includes individual pieces and cookware sets. Whether you're starting with a bare kitchen or just want to upgrade your collection of pots and pans, the selection has everything you need to get cooking.

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