Different types of stainless steel pans include frying pans, roasting pans and skillets with or without lids. There are also saucepans, with or without lids, and saut�� pans. Some stainless steel pans also have copper or aluminum cores to help them conduct or retain heat, or nonstick interiors.Continue Reading
There are differences between these types of pans. A skillet has sides that flare out, while a saut�� pan has sides that are fairly deep and vertical. It also has a bottom that is wide and flat. Because of this, a 12 inch saut�� pan has more room that a 12-inch skillet.
Generally, a saut�� pan can hold sometimes considerably more food than a skillet of the same diameter, and usually weighs more if it is made of the same material. A frying pan is basically the same as a skillet.
Like a saut�� pan, a saucepan has straight sides and a flat base. It also has one long handle, and is made to simmer and boil liquids. A saucepan is heavy for its size, and a very large one should also have a helper handle opposite the long handle. A roasting pan is a large, low-sided rectangle. The sides are low to allow the food to be heated evenly in the oven. Usually, the pan comes with a rack that lifts the food above the bottom of the pan.Learn more about Cookware & Kitchen Tools