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    The Dutch Oven

    For the last post in the series from The Pros and Cons of Pots and Pans, this pot is fast becoming a serious contender in my kitchen! These ovens come in two different materials (for kitchen use, not camping); Cast iron covered in porcelain enamel and stainless steal .  The sizes range from 3 qt  to 15 qt. and colors are almost endless. If you are one to stew, braise, fry or love using your dutch oven while camping, this is a must have.  I just bought one and in the past week I have used it 3 times already! You can use these ovens to bake, brown, boil or make…

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    The Stock Pot

    The series continues from The Pros and Cons of Pots and Pans with the beloved Stock Pot.   This pot has large flat bottom and high straight sides.  They usually come in a wide range of sizes, from 6 qt to 20 qt for the home cook.  It  is used for making stocks, large batches of soup or recipes too large to fit in a saute pan.  Before I purchased my Dutch Oven, this was my “large meal” pot.  I cook for (7 )so large meals are a daily thing and I would use this when making sloppy joes, soups, chili, stew or anything that needs to be braised in the oven.  Any…

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    The Fry Pan

    To continue with my series from The Pros and Cons of Pots and Pans , let’s talk Fry Pans for today’s topic. A fry pan is simply a skillet with moderately high, slightly flared sides.  It comes in several sizes but the 8, 10 and 12 inch are the most popular ones for the home cook.  This pan is a great choice for cooking crepes, omelets, pancakes or sauteing  meats or vegetables.  Even though the fry pan can saute meats and vegetables, it is best to do that job in a saute pan. As the name states, this is a pan used for pan frying as opposed to deep frying (when food is completely…