Every kitchen requires essential cookware, and there are certain items that you shouldn’t be without. Regardless of whether you are an adventurous cook, or you have a busy lifestyle and prefer preparing quick and simple dishes, Haufson has a stock pot to suit your requirements.
In this article, we are going to talk about stock pots in more detail. What they are, the materials used to make them and the pros and cons of owning one.
What is a Stock Pot?
A stock pot is a large, deep pot that is usually used for making stock and cooking healthy meals. Stock is used as a base of soups and sauces. Broth contains no bones, whereas stock does.
A decent stock pot is designed so it heats quickly and simmer for a long time evenly. When choosing a stock pot, ensure it is big enough to cover an entire chicken, leaving plenty of room for those healthy vegetables.
Difference between a Stock Pot and Soup Pot
A stock pot can be used for both soups and stews if you purchase the right one. The main difference between the two is the materials of which they are made, in particular, the base.
A soup pot will have a heavier base. It is important to ensure your liquid heats evenly, and as a result, produces thicker soup. A stock pot requires more liquid, the base can be slightly thinner and the pot itself, lighter.
Features of a Stock Pot
Stock pots are tall, and we believe, the bigger the better! The narrow top allows less dissipation of water from your stock. With that said, there are some cons to a large stock pot. If you are on the smaller size, you won’t want to use step ladders to reach your pan. When purchasing your stock pot, consider the height. Safety is important when using any kind of heat. Keep in mind you will have to easily reach the hot pan to stir, pick up and pour the contents.
Another consideration is the shape of the stock pot you choose. They are available with a flared or oblong base. Depending on the shape, it will dictate how much space is taken up on your stove. If you have a smaller burner that isn’t oval-shaped, it is recommended you choose a straight line to ensure you get even heating.
Stock pots are available in several materials. It is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. Each material comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Below we have listed some of your options.
- Copper – Copper will heat rapidly and evenly. It can be slightly expensive and will require a level of maintenance.
- Aluminum – Aluminum heats quickly, and there are less expensive options available. You won’t always benefit from an even cook. They can react to certain foods causing discolouring, and sometimes, adjusts the taste of food.
- Stainless steel – With stainless steel, you can guarantee it is a lightweight option. Your food will be heated evenly, and your pot will be sturdy.
- Anodized Aluminum – Heats reasonably quickly and even. You should expect to pay slightly more, and won’t be able to use your pot in a dishwasher.
- Coated Carbon Steel – Lightweight, and known for enameled cast iron Dutch ovens. Enamel can discolour over time, and paint can chip on occasion.