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Is a 12-inch saute pan too big?

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Is a 12-inch saute pan too big?

michaelnrdx | Mar 21, 2010 07:29 PM

I've been looking for a cheap, but good 10-inch saute pan for a while, with no luck. Yesterday at IKEA, I settled for a heavy bottomed 9-inch saute pan, a bit too small I felt. ($20) They had a 10-inch non-stick saute pan, but I really hate good cookware coated with nonstick. (You can't use metal utensils on it, and you won't get a fond for pan sauces.) Anyway, today, I saw a $30 12-inch heavy-bottomed saute pan (not coated with nonstick) at Chinatown. It certainly is big enough for me, but I'm not sure if a 12-inch saute pan would be TOO big for some uses. Any opinion would be appreciated.

EDIT--What size works best for you?

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