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What is the purpose of the raised center area that some pans have?

MaximRecoil | Jan 31, 2014 10:27 AM

For example, old Saladmaster "Tri-Clad" saucepans and skillets had a raised center, like so:


I've even seen a cast iron skillet with a raised center:


It is usually seen on older cookware, but it can also be seen on the thin aluminum pot that comes with a Whirley Pop:


Was this done for structural reasons, i.e., to make it more resistant to warpage?

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