Best Pan for Candy
I'm looking for a pan to make candy, particularly hard candy. I want a heavy bottom, preferably something with high sides. A pouring spout would be a plus. Probably stainless steel as iron is too heavy for my wrists (they have both been operated on). I'm looking for specific brand-name recommendations, please. Thanks!
I would look for something in aluminum. It is lighter weight than ss, a better conductor of heat so would heat evenly and be responsive to changes in heat. If you don't mind vintage, the older Magnalite might be a good pan. Something like this.
I would look for it in good shape- tight handle and no pitting.
Copper would be the best but it is heavy. Aluminum would be second. A restaurant supply might also have something. Look at the handle as well to make sure it is something you can hold easily.
I say go with an aluminum pan since you don't want it to be heavy. The brand Circulon I think has aluminum pans.
If $150 were my top end I'd spend a few months skimping on something and look at Mauviel unlined copper. Using a thermometer is a PITA and with my little copper pan I make salted caramel sauce all the time and can watch it and modulate the flame so that it is "just right" but not burnt. It is a joy and a marvel to use.
Look at the yard sales for an old pressure Cooker.
They have a good heavy bottom.
I have collected several with out lids for under $5 each.
They work great.