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cooking pots - big vs medium vs small

montrealeater | May 15, 2011 07:44 PM

I've decided to go nuts and purchase the Demeyere Atlantis line and am picking sizes now. I bought the largest saucepan based on the following reasoning:

'Although I live alone and am generally cooking for only 1 or 2 adults, I do, on a more than monthly basis, cook for larger groups (4+ adults) - therefore I should get the larger sizes because I can use those for both small and large amounts, whereas a small pot will not work for larger amounts.'

Is this reasoning faulty? What, to me, would make it faulty is if there is some downside to using a large pot to cook a small amount of food - flavour/taste etc/-wise. Is there? And if not, why shouldn't I buy all the larger sizes (specific pieces: conical saute pan, skillet, stoclpot and possible low/straight-sided saute pan)? Space reasons only?

I'm not asking anyone to tell me what to buy, so dont worry about giving advice that I'll follow and possibly regret - I genuinely want the feelings of more experienced cooks on this issue.

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