The understated kitchen essential. Learn more about why.
What is a stockpot?
A stock pot is the prototypical large cooking pot, with a wide flat bottom, tall vertical sides, and two looped handles on each side for easy handling. Designed to hold large volumes of liquid, a stock pot is an essential kitchen tool, used for a wide variety of liquid-based cooking processes. Stock pots come in various different sizes, and typically come with lids to keep heat inside, which is often necessary for the cooking tasks best suited for a stock pot.
Stock pots can be manufactured using a wide range of materials. But we like stock pots that are manufactured using a 5-ply stainless steel construction, which results in durable pots and pans that distribute heat effectively. This is useful when using a stock pot for stews and braises, because the base of a pot made with a 5-ply stainless steel construction allows for effective sauteing, sweating, and searing.
How should I use a stockpot?
A stock pot is a cookware must-have for any well-equipped kitchen. Though not necessarily used on a daily basis, a stock pot is more versatile than many home cooks realize. Here are some of the ways to use your stock pot.