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Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

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Round copper pots come in multiple shapes with different names, and the distinction between them comes down to the ratio of each pot’s height to its width.

Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

A rondeau is a short and wide pan that is about one-third as high as it is wide. This pan is great for browning and sautéing food.

Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

A stewpot is taller, but still just about half as tall as it is wide. This is a great pan for larger volumes of liquids, like soup, chili, and stew.

Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

A stockpot is equally as tall as it is wide. Stock is made by gently simmering meat and vegetables in a lot of liquid over a long period of time; this shape accommodates nice big batches of stock and the wide diameter makes it easy to scoop away fat as it rises to the top.

Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

Finally, a soup pot is taller than it is wide. The tall narrow shape helps soup heat up without exposing too much of the surface to evaporation.

Rondeau, stewpot, soup pot, stockpot… how to tell the difference

There you go! Now when a recipe calls for one of these types of pot, you can understand what it means.

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