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Best Chef Pan aka Saucier

The Best Chef Pan has a rounded corner, comfortable handle and wide rim. It is truly one of the most versatile pan in the market. However, most people dont even know what it is. A Chef pan or Saucier is a blend between a frying pan and a sauce pan. While its primary task is to make sauce. If you get the right one, you should be able to cook just about anything in this pan. When buying a Chef Pan, there are various things you should look for. Things like material, construction and shape are all very important. This article will list all the variables you should check and hopefully help you get the right one.


What to Look for in a Chef Pan aka Saucier

Shape

The shape of the Saucier is one of the most important thing. Its primary task is to make sauces. As such, the traditional sauce pan with sharp corners are not suited for this task. You want a soft gradual edge that rises. This means that when you whisk sauces, the spatula or whisk will glide over it with ease. Sharp corner means that there will be edges that are food that will get trapped. It wont get emulsified or possibly burned.

Most pots are manufactured these days with a hydraulic press. To add that extra step where there is no sharp corner cost money. It is much cheaper to just stamp and go. Luckily, some manufacturer sees the importance of the gradual corner. You can this type of edge in Le Creuset, All Clad and Matfer Bourgeat.

Metal and Thickness

The metal and thickness of the pan plays an important role. Certain metal like copper are extremely responsive. Very important when making sauces. If you accidentally overheated the pan, being able to lower the heat right away can save that sauce. However, if you have it too thick, that responsiveness is gone. At the same time, if you have a pan that has a poor heat conducting metal with a really thin construction. The Chef Pan wont be able to hold any heat. What you should try to find is something that is a good balance between the two.

Handle

Comfort and ease of handle is important as well. In a saucier, you will be constantly moving and carry large quantity of liquid. Having something that will cause pan and discomfort will make you hate the pan.

With that being said. I can think of very few saucier that has a combination of all these traits. I will compile a list of saucier that has a combination of all these traits.

Nonstick Coating?

Usually you do not have to worry about food sticking. After you brown the meat, you can soak the food in water. Food will release naturally when you do that. For that reason, its not important to have a nonstick. I would also argue that the stainless steel lining is also better. It wont degrade and break down like the teflon pan. After one or two years, you will have to replace it. Where as the stainless one will pretty much last forever.

Le Creuset Saucier Pan (Best Overall)


Le Creuset Saucier

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Le Creuset 3.5 qt Saucier
PerformanceExcellent
Country of ManufacturerPortugal
Oven Safe Temperature500 Degree Fahrenheit
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction
Capacity3.5 qt
MaterialTri-Ply Stainless and Aluminum
ShapeLe Creuset Saucier has a nice gradient interior. This allows for easy whisking and stirring. The diameter is wide giving you ample room to sear food. This wide rim also means that it has a larger surface area. This helps promotes evaporation and makes it easier to stir food.
HandleThe handle stainless steel and will keep cool to the touch. It is wide with a soft taper, giving it a ergonomic grip. The flat design also means that it wont rotate in your hand when you are pouring. It is also angled slightly to help with the overall balance.
ThoughtsWhile the metal used is not as responsive as copper, the tri ply design is still a very responsive metal. The reason why its one of the best saucier is because of the shape. The large diameter and interior makes it one of the best saucier. If only it was made with copper…
Reviewed CookwareLe Creuset SSP6100-24 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Saucier Pan with Lid and Helper Handle, 3.5-Quart

All Clad Chef Pan


all clad best chef pan

Categories
All Clad 2qt Saucier
PerformanceExcellent
Country of ManufacturerUSA
Oven Safe Temperature600 Degree Fahrenheit
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction
Capacity2 qt
Material5 Ply Copper Core
ShapeMuch like Le Creuset, the interior has a smooth gradual gradient. This makes whisking and stirring a breeze. However, the diameter is not as large which can get annoying sometimes. It feels like a barrier you must overcome.
HandleUnfortunately, this is where All Clad loses. Their handle is simply not comfortable. Overtime your hand will get fatigued and sore. The good thing about their design is that it helps you maintain a good grip. It also stays cool to the touch.
ThoughtsBecause of the thickness and copper used, it is one of the most responsive saucier out there. If you accidentally overheat the sauce all you need to do is turn down the heat. Other chef pan will continue burning and ruin your sauce. If only the handle was better, than it would be one of the best saucier out there.
Reviewed CookwareAll-Clad 6212 SS Copper Core Stainless Steel Saucier Pan Cookware, 2-Quart, Copper

Matfer Bourgeat Chef Pan


Matfer Bourgeat Saucier

Categories
Matfer Bourgeat Saucier
PerformanceExcellent
Country of ManufacturerFrance
Oven Safe TemperatureUnspecified
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction
Capacity2 3/4 qt
MaterialCopper and Stainless Steel
ShapeMatfer Bourgeat Saucier has a soft gradual interior like the others. The only issue is the rim is not as flared. This makes it restrictive when you stir. Instead of a back and forth motion, you will whisk in a circular fashion. While it will work, its not as effective.
HandleA traditional cast iron handle. It will get screaming hot but its comfortable and offers plenty of leverage. Overall, this is a heavy pan and tough handle like cast iron is necessary.
ThoughtsMatfer Bourgeat saucier uses one of the best metal out there. The copper and stainless steel means you can get the best sear out of all the pans. The only issue is the small rim diameter and the handle. If the rim was larger and flared out, this would be a winning pan. As for the handle, I like the cast iron but I can see how a stainless steel one would be better.
Reviewed CookwareMatfer Bourgeat COPPER FLARED SAUTE PAN 9 1/2″

Best Chef Pan Thoughts

While there are many factor to consider when buying a saucier, you should choose one that best suits your needs. Since I have all of these saucier, I dont really need to be picky. Unfortunately not one of these pans has a combination of all the important factor. If you think responsiveness is the most important, go with all clad. If you want straight heat and searing ability, buy the matfer bourgeat one. For the best balance of all three attribute, I would go for the All Clad one. It has the biggest capacity and the name Le Creuset will not disappoint.


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