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3 qt saute, 5 qt saute, or 12" skillet (all stainless steel) to brown 1 pound of ground beef?

Assuming minimal or no other ingredients added (not a lot of liquid)....

Don't 3qt sautes have same cooking surface area as 12" skillets?

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  1. My 3 qt sautes are 10".

    1. Depends. As Junes said, my 3qt pan is 10.5", so not the diameter of your skillet.

      My preference would be a saute pan. I don't want stuff to fly out when I'm breaking up the ground beef. I'm messy like that.

      1. I know the bottom of a 3 qt saute is 10" or approx 10" but the actual cooking surface of a 12" All Clad skillet, for example, is 9 3/4 inches. (The sloped sides account for some of the 12 inches.)

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        1. re: kimbers324

          Looks like you knew the answer to your question before asking it. As for which pan is best, it makes no real difference which you use - all of them are fine for the job.

        2. CI compared sauté pans last year. Cooking surface ranged from 9" to 11".

          http://www.cooksillustrated.com/equip...

          1. A 3 qt sauté is plenty large enough. Mine (All-Clad) is about 10 inches diameter. The 4 qt is the same diameter but a little deeper.