There is nothing quite like the rich, savory aroma of stock boiling in a pot, is there? But whether or not the resulting stock or broth tastes as mouthwatering as it smells depends on the quality of your stock pot.
With a high-quality stockpot, you can look forward to cookware which heats up speedily and distributes heat consistently throughout the contents. When the right materials are used, the stockpot also will not alter the flavor or color of the food.
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|Rachael Ray Classic|
|Granite Ware Stock Pot|
That means that when you are done cooking and you ladle out your stock, broth, soup or stew, you will be delighted by the result.
To help you select the right stockpot for your needs, we’ve put together a guide of some of the top stockpots currently on the market. You can also scroll down below those overviews to learn more about the factors which are important when choosing a stockpot to buy.
1. Cuisinart 77-412 Chef’s Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set
The Cuisinart 77-412 Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Stock Pot is a great option if you are looking to purchase a stock pot which includes some added value. A strainer is included so that you can make pasta along with stock, soups, stews, and other cuisine.
- The stockpot is made of stainless steel. Not only does this material look great (the mirror finish looks polished and pleasing), but it also keeps the weight of the stockpot to a minimum. Stainless steel resists rust and holds up great for long-term use. It also does not distribute unwanted flavors into the food.
- The rim has a tapered design. This prevents dripping as you pour.
- The handle is stainless steel to keep it strong, but it also is built to remain cool.
- The inclusion of the strainer prevents you from needing to buy one separately to use to make pasta.
- The quality materials make it easy to wash the stockpot. While you can hand wash it, you can also put it in your dishwasher along with the pasta insert, steamer insert and lid.
- The plate attachment which is located at the base of the stockpot may rust.
- The lid is opaque. While this is not terrible, it can be inconvenient if you like to watch your food cooking.
2. Farberware Classic Series 11 Quart Stockpot with Glass Lid
If you are looking for a stockpot with a beautiful design, consider the Farberware Classic Series 11 Quart Stockpot. This stockpot may also be a good choice if you want a high volume stock pot, but 12 quarts is a little bit too much for you in terms of weight and dimensions.
- The stockpot is made out of stainless steel polished to a mirror-like finish. It is truly beautiful to look at. The bell shape of the lid contributes to this effect. Because stainless steel is durable, this stockpot also should last you through many years of use if it is well cared for.
- Your food should be heated evenly in this stockpot, which does a great job with even temperature distribution.
- Another thing that this stockpot does well with regarding heat is holding it. If you take it off the stove, then walk away and come back, you will probably find that the contents are still warm if you left the lid on.
- It is easy to clean this stockpot. Food does not seem to adhere to the bottom of it too badly.
- In some situations, it seems that pitting or discoloration may occur on the bottom of the stockpot. But this may reflect mistakes in use rather than the quality of the product.
- It seems this product ships out inconsistently with regards to glass or stainless steel lids.
3. Cooks Standard 02520 Quart Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot with Lid, 12-QT
Shopping for stockpot on a budget? The Farberware Classic Series shared above is quite affordable, but so is the Cooks Standard 02520. As with that stockpot, this one is also a great choice if your priority is to make sure that your food is cooked evenly.
- High-quality, durable stainless steel construction means that this stockpot is ready to stand up to lots of regular use. The lid is also made out of stainless steel. The riveted handles on the stockpot are designed to be as sturdy as possible.
- The stockpot includes an aluminum disc layer bottom. With this addition, heat is distributed more evenly throughout the pot. Hot spots also are less likely to form.
- The Cooks Standard 02520 stockpot was built to be compatible with a wide range of burners. Whether yours are electric, induction, gas, halogen, or any other variety, you should be able to use this stockpot.
- It is possible to wash this stockpot in your dishwasher. If you prefer to wash it by hand, you should find the task fairly easy.
- The high efficiency of this stockpot means that it heats up quickly. This may reduce the amount of time it takes to prepare some of your favorite meals.
- Sometimes, the bottom of the stockpot can become discolored from use. This does appear to be a common issue with stockpots, even those which are high in quality.
4. Rachael Ray Classic Brights Hard Enamel Nonstick 6-Quart Stockpot
If you prefer a stockpot which has a profile that is slightly wider rather than being on the tall side, you might think about the Rachael Ray Classic Brights Hard Enamel Nonstick 6-Quart Stockpot. While this is the gray version of the stockpot, it is also available in red or blue.
- If you do not like scraping food off the sides of your stockpot, you will be excited by the non-stick interior of this Rachael Ray stockpot. It can save time and elbow grease while cleaning up after meals.
- Double riveting on the handles reinforces their sturdiness, making it more likely that they will hold up to repeated use. The grippy material used on the handles keeps them comfortable, and also prevents the stockpot from slipping in your hands.
- The 6-quart capacity is an excellent size if you do not need to prepare food in bulk, but just want to make a family meal.
- The lid is made out of glass, rather than the more common stainless steel. The glass used is shatter resistant, protecting it from high heat. Because it is transparent, you can check on the status of your food without opening the lid every time.
- The price for this stockpot is very reasonable.
- Sometimes, the handles are damaged during shipping. Thankfully, this does not happen very often.
5. Granite Ware Stock Pot, 15.5-Quart
Looking for a stockpot which provides you with an ultra-high capacity, but won’t cost you an arm and a leg? This Granite Ware Stock Pot gives you a whopping 15.5 quarts of capacity to work with. Unlike most of the pots in this list, it is not made out of stainless steel.
- The low-carbon-steel construction protected by a layer of glass is a sturdy material which provides some special benefits. Because the surface is smooth, it provides non-stick functionality. It also absorbs energy faster than many other materials, which means that your stockpot is quick to heat up. The material also provides outstanding longevity with proper care.
- The non-porous nature of the finish does more than just keep food from sticking. It also doesn’t trap odors or flavors.
- The high capacity of this stockpot makes it ideal for making large meals (i.e. for family gatherings, parties, etc.). Don’t need that much room inside your stockpot? There are lower capacity versions available as well.
- Even with its sophisticated design and unique materials, the Granite Ware Stock Pot is not expensive.
- Even though this stockpot may look heavy, you will discover that it is surprisingly lightweight.
- Some units may arrive dented. This seems to mainly be a problem if you are ordering the stockpot used.
6. Cuisinart 6466-26 Contour Hard Anodized 12-Quart Stockpot
If you are looking for a stockpot made of something other than stainless steel or low carbon steel, think about trying out the Cuisinart 6466-26 Contour Hard Anodized Stockpot. Constructed with the use of hard anodized aluminum, it provides swift and even heating for your food.
- Aesthetically, this stockpot is appealing to look at in a different way than stainless steel stockpots. The black matte surface gives it a “minimalist” look. Its curvature also is pleasant to behold. It has functional value too in that it reduces the amount of bubbling-over which can occur.
- The non-stick interior is easy to clean. This can save you time after you have prepared and enjoyed your meals.
- The lid for the pot is made out of strong, tempered glass. It should not break when exposed to high heat. You can look through it to see how your food is coming along without lifting it.
- The handles are riveted and ergonomically designed so that they will be sturdy and comfortable to grip.
- The rim is tapered so that you can pour from the pot without dripping all over.
- The surface of this pot can scratch easily, so you have to be careful when you are cleaning it. You might consider investing in a special cloth so that you can preserve its appearance.
Considerations When Buying a Stockpot
Before you start shopping for a stockpot, make a determination about what capacity you need. If all you want to do is make basic soup or stock with limited ingredients, you may be able to get away with just 4-6 quarts.
You should be able to prepare chicken in a pot with an 8-quart capacity. To cook lobster, you need about 12 quarts. This size also allows you to prepare considerably more stock at once.
You will notice that on average, most stockpots are a bit taller than they are wide. The purpose of this shape is to reduce the surface area of the stock. This in turn reduces evaporation.
With a high-capacity stockpot, there is a possible downside you might encounter with such a shape. The taller your stockpot is, the less evenly it will heat.
Weigh those pros and cons and think about what is most important to you in terms of conveniences while preparing your stock. That will help you select the right shape.
The material that a stockpot is made of is one of the prime considerations when shopping. Popular options include copper, stainless steel, aluminum, anodized aluminum, and coated carbon steel. Sometimes, a combination of materials are used. All have their pros and cons. A glass lid is also a nice feature.
If there is a vent in the lid, this allows steam and pressure to escape from inside the stockpot. This helps to prevent the lid from pushing up and stock from spilling out around the edges. You can imagine how much time this can save in terms of cleanup.
5. Quality of Handles
One thing you do not want on a stockpot is flimsy handles. Handles like these will quickly break under strain. And with a stockpot full of soup or stock, you can bet there will be plenty of strain exerted by gravity when you move the stockpot from one spot to another.
6. Additional Features
There are some additional features you can look for when you’re shopping for a stockpot as well. If the stockpot will be sitting out on your counter, you might consider its aesthetic design and finish.
Another good feature to look for is a rim which is well-designed in order to prevent dripping as you pour out the stock.
There are also stockpots which come with additional supplies such as strainer baskets. These can add value to your purchase.