If You Invest in One Piece of Stainless-Steel Cookware, Make It This Saucier — Here’s Why

published Dec 8, 2022
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American Kitchen Saucier
Credit: American Kitchen

Growing up in a Hispanic household, there was one pot I always kept an eye out for in the kitchen: the caldero. You see, waking up to find the caldero on the stove was always a sign of something great to come. Whether it was a delicious pot of rice, a hearty stew, or a Sunday asado, I knew when the caldero was out, a delectable dish was on its way. However, while a great piece of cookware and a staple of my childhood, I also knew it wasn’t the best pot around — I can’t tell you how many times I heard my grandmother mumbling under her breath in frustration as she wrapped the caldero lid in aluminum foil to create a tighter seal because of its warped construction. After moving out on my own, I made it my mission to find my version of a caldero: a piece of cookware that was built to last, could be used for multiple dishes, could go from oven to stove to table, and (last but not least) was something that wasn’t hard to look at. Well, dear reader, my search is officially over, thanks to the American Kitchen 3-Quart Stainless Steel Saucier.

Let me tell you a little bit about this pan. Like all American Kitchen cookware, this piece is handcrafted in the USA with two layers of magnetic, professional-grade stainless steel wrapped around a layer of super durable aluminum, ensuring an even heat that stays hot every time, no matter the cooking surface. The thing that really makes this saucier special is its rounded bottom (something that I’ve always loved about the caldero and sauciers in general). Thanks to this shape, stirring is a breeze and you never have to worry about food sticking in the corners of the pan — a dream for a variety of recipes. Best of all, it’s stain-resistant and dishwasher-safe, so you know you’ll be able to enjoy it for years (and even generations) to come.

Unpacking this saucier, I had an instant gut feeling that this was going to be the one for me. With a 3-quart capacity, I was immediately smitten with the size of this pan, as it’s perfect for someone who typically cooks for one to two people but enjoys leftovers (I regularly find myself able to cook much more than expected in this pan). Believe me when I say I put this pan through the wringer. From intricate risottos and warm winter stews to braised roasts, sautéed vegetables, and even custards for baking, this pan does everything — and does it well. I was particularly taken with its performance handle that stays cool and is ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip. And, as someone who loves moving dishes from the stove to the oven, finding that this pan can safely go into ovens up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit was just another bonus.

Now, like any piece of quality stainless-steel cookware, this saucier is definitely an investment at $150. Thankfully, this piece is currently on sale, meaning you can pick one up for just $127.50. So, if you’ve been waiting to find the right piece of stainless-steel cookware to invest in, take it as a sign that this is the one — and you’re going to love it.