This pot is great for stews. The only issue I have is that the inside of the pot is not like the other Paul Deen pots & pans that I have. Her other pots & pans have a non-stick coating on the inside. This pot does not! So you have keep it on a very low heat or whatever you are cooking will stick & burn on the bottom.
The saucepan is solid and attractive. I chose stainless steel and the contoured shape to match my other pans which it does. The reason for the 4 stars is that to my surprise, the pan only has 1 pour spout. (My two other pans have 2 - one on each side). If you are holding the pan by the handle in front of you the pour spout is on the LEFT. I am right-handed so it means I hold the pot in my right hand while awkwardly using a spatula in my left hand to scrape down while pouring. I wish this detail had been noted in the description.
I was given this item as a gift and never really saw a reason to use it. I have a nice set of Stainless pots and pans and was indifferent to using this Pasta Pot, but I was wrong! I love this thing! It seems to heat up quickly and the locking lid makes it great for when you want to drain your noodles. It's convenient, easy to use and it cooks the pasta perfectly.
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