What Is a “Large Saucepan?” – Size and Measurements


Saucepans come in a lot of sizes, and it can be tricky to find the perfect saucepan for your needs.

Of course, you can purchase sets of saucepans that claim to cover all of the cooking you could ever want to do, but is that true? Is a large saucepan really going to be big enough for your needs?

Is there a technical definition of exactly what a “large” saucepan is? Where can I find these saucepan measurements to help me choose the perfect saucepan? Well, right here!

We realised that saucepans are quite a tricky thing to buy as most of us want to know that a saucepan is actually going to help us in the kitchen.

So, we did some digging and found exactly what is meant by the nebulous phrase “large saucepan”.

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Standard Measurements of a Large Saucepan

A standard large saucepan measures 20 cm from one side to the other (the diameter).

This is the most important measurement to know. When it comes to volume, a 20-cm (8-inch) saucepan can hold 4 quarts of liquid (about 4.5 litres).

Now, some cookware creators do make larger saucepans than this, the biggest saucepan we’ve found in our research is 22 cm (8.6 inches). These saucepans hold 4.5 quarts of liquid.

In most cases, the large saucepan that you get in a set of saucepans is 20 cm. Anything larger than this is considered a stockpot, casserole pot or pasta pot in most cases.

Once you go over the 20 cm mark, pots begin to have two handles, they are a lot deeper and designed for different cooking tasks than a saucepan.

So, there you have it. Those are the measurements of a standard large-sized saucepan. We hope this saucepan article has helped you find your perfect pan.

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