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Jun 16, 2010 01:29 PM

Do you use a lid with your small saucepans? re: Falk "try me"

I'm really intrigued by the Falk "try me" piece, and trying to determine if I need the lid or not. Usually when I need a small saucepan like this it is because I am stirring a sauce, and if perchance I need to cover it to bring it to a boil I'll just use another lid or even plate. Basically, are there any reasons when I would need a tight-fitting lid for such a small saucepan? And if not, I can continue to use any ol' lid, correct?

Thanks much.

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  1. I've got a little All-Clad saucepan and I never use the lid. With a saucepan that size, stuff can get hot and burn in a hurry.

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    1. re: chuckl

      I like to get the matching lid when I buy a saucepan, but only use it to keep dust out during storage. For actual cooking, I prefer flat wooden lids in various sizes.

      1. re: tanuki soup


        Why do you have so many cool toys? No, really. You have a lot of cool things in your kitchen.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Thanks for the kinds words, CK. Actually, I have to confess that I like shopping more than cooking. (For that matter, I'm also a lot better at shopping than cooking!)

          It also helps that I live near Tokyo, where the big department stores are filled with cool stuff from everywhere in the world. As for the "exotic" Japanese stuff like the wooden lids, they sell that at local shops (like Japanese versions of Walmart), Amazon Japan, or Rakuten (which is a HUGE Japanese online shopping site).

          Oh yeah, and I'm not married, so I have a typical gadget-filled "single guy who likes to play at cooking" kitchen.

          1. re: tanuki soup


            I am ok at cooking and I can be good at shopping too. I can spend a lot of time researching cookware. I just don't like to spend a lot of time in a store though.

            Yes, that Japanese lid is very cool. They look like those I see in Japanese classic movies. High high man. I am also not married and I have been slowly collecting knives. Very slow.

            1. re: tanuki soup

              Yes, I agree - too cool stuff. Love those lids.

              Makes me think of family members in Finland - they have lots of cool stuff too!

      2. I have the "try me piece" and its lid. Since it is a small saucepan, I use it for sauces, gravies, and boiling small amounts of vegetables like green beans. The lid helps keep the contents warm for just a bit longer without keeping the burners on. I turn off the burners once green beans, other veggies or hard cooked eggs start boiling, and then put the lid on the pot after turning off the burner. This lets them cook in the warm water with the lid on. I personally could not really use this piece as much as I do without a lid. I also keep sauces and gravies warm, sitting on the turned-off burner, while I finish cooking by using the lid. Except for cooking a small amount of rice in this try me piece, there aren't too many other uses for the lid (too small to braise anything), but when getting multiple items ready for dinner, the lid is a great idea. Since this is a small piece, I wouldn't have another lid that fit anyway, so I think you should buy it. It is cheap enough (for Falk, that is).

        1. If you have another lid of the same size that will do. I frequently use glass lids with my copper pieces. I see no real cooking benefit from my copper lids. And you do have to store them with the pan. Most of my other lids are stacked vertically in a big pull-out drawer.

          1. Unlike some of the other posters here, I DO use a lid for my small saucepan. Since I'm usually only cooking for 1 or 2, I use the 1-qt saucepan for lentils, wheat berries, etc., in smallish amounts. For that, I like to have the lid.