A double boiler looks like two saucepots, one inside the other. Food
in the upper pot is heated by the boiling water in the pot below.
A saucepan is a metal container of moderate depth, usually having a
long handle and a tight cover. They are great for stewing, boiling and
Sauciers are very similar to saucepans but tend to be shorter and wider
for easier stirring and whisking of sauces.
Butter warmers usually have much larger proportioned rims in relation
to the bottom of the pan than a sauté or paella pan would have. Butter
warmers are typically no bigger than 1.5 quarts.
Do you know the difference between a double boiler and a multi-cooker? How about the difference between a sauté pan and a sauce pan? Head over to our guide to pots and pans to clear up any confusion you have about different cookware types.
With details on common usage for skillets, stock pots, baking dishes and more, this guide will make sure you're getting the right type of pot or pan for your cooking needs.