The 4th Burner Pot: A Stovetop Multitasker

We're rapidly approaching the time of year when our stoves and ovens are pressed into full duty — every burner on full blast. But it can get crowded on the top of the stove, especially when big sauté pans and Dutch ovens claim more than their fair share of space. Enter the 4th burner pot, a smart, economical piece of cookware designed to get maximum efficiency out of your stove.

I don't remember when I first saw this pot, but I remember thinking at first that it might be a rather silly idea. A whole special pot for the 4th burner? What's that all about? I'll just stick a saucepan on it, thanksverymuch.

But the more I read about this pot, the more I was won over. (The sweep of 5-star reviews on Amazon didn't hurt either.) It has smart features, too, that go beyond its 4th burner duty: It has a pour spout, measuring markings inside, a lid with strainer holes, and a steamer basket insert. It seems like the perfect thing for cooking asparagus, potatoes, a couple ears of corn, and other vegetables. It would also be great for boiling eggs, and it would make a pretty good pasta pot, for smaller quantities (it only holds 3.5 quarts).

What do you think? Have you tried this pot?

Find it: Kuhn Rikon 4th Burner Multi-Pot, $34.99 at Amazon. Holds 3.5 quarts.

Related: Kitchen Design: Is a Four-Burner Stove Necessary?

(Image: Kuhn Rikon via Amazon)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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