I absolutely love my new Circulon 2 quart Saucepan with the nifty Straining Lid. I have a set of Circulon pots and pans that I have had forever and they are the most amazing pans. They are not like the coated pans that flake off over time, causing you to wonder what happens to all those little flakes. These high quality pans have a hard anodized surface that is literally not going to go anywhere. The pans I have in a set are at least ten years old, maybe closer to 15.
Why I needed to buy a new 2 quart saucepan
My Circulon set actually came with a 2 quart saucepan so you might be asking why I would need to buy a new one if these are so durable. Well the truth is that I gave it to my daughter when we moved and she was in college. They had a little kitchen and I figured it would be a pan that could be used for everything. The set I have had a 1 quart, 2 quart and 3 quart pan, so I spent the last four years living without.
This great little pan is going to be a favorite. the size is perfect for most everything. It is great for boiling some noodles or cooking veggies. I know I sound a little over the top on this saucepan but I am so happy with my purchase. I paid $29 for the saucepan on Amazon. That is a bargain for a pan that will literally last forever.
The Saucepan: The Pan itself is 4″ tall and almost 6.5″ wide. The handle is nearly 7″ long. The handle is metal with a black silicone coating to keep it from getting hot when on the stove. On the end of the handle is a nice metal loop in case you want to hang it. If you are not using it though the little metal loop is tucked neatly into the end of the silicone coated handle. A very nifty design for a saucepan handle.
The saucepan is a very dark almost black color. On the outside it appears to have a coating that is slightly darker than the bottom which I assume is the base of the pan. My other pans look like the bottom all over and lack the coating. I think this coating helps to keep it looking nice.
Inside the saucepan there are ridges that go in a circle. I think that they are there to help food cook evenly. I am not really sure why they are there but will say that having used these kind of pans that my food rarely burns.
The other neat feature of this pan is that is has a pouring lip. Not only does it have one, but it has one on both sides so it works for left or right handed people. It seems that Circulon thought of everything when designing this sauce pan.
The Straining Lid: Another plus for this pan is the straining lid. One side of the lid has small holes and the other side has larger holes so depending on what you are straining it nothing should fall out. The small holes are really tiny at less than 1/8 inch. The larger holes are about the size of a pea and nearly 1/4 inch. I have used the pan to strain noodles and veggies and many other things.
the edges of the lid are metal and the top is glass. The handle is metal coated with the same silicone that the pan handle is coated with. The Circulon brand is imprinted into the silicon on the lid handle.
If you want your pan to vent a little you can leave the holes near the lip and if you do not want it to vent just twist the lid so that the holes are on the other side. Because the lid handle forms a line rather than just a knob, you can use it to tell if your pan is venting or not. When the lid handle is in line with the pan handle, it is venting. When it is perpendicular to the saucepan handle then it is not venting.
Using the Saucepan: Using this saucepan is an absolute joy. It is the perfect size for so many things and I can’t believe I lived without it all these years. I love not needing a strainer for many things sine the strainer is built into the lid. The lid is nearly an inch deep so when you turn it to the side to strain it stays in place and will not fall off. The lid handle being more substantial allows you to have a good hold of the lid. Both Lid handle and saucepan handle with the non-slip silicone coating make hanging on to both easy and comfortable. No pot holder should be required.
Non-stick Surface: Generally you will be using a sauce pan for liquids but just in case it is good to point out that you really need to put down a cooking spray or butter if you were going to try to cook something like an egg or brown some meat in the pan. If you don’t the food will get caught on the bottom. I guess that seems weird for a non stick pan but it does not bother me. It is an easy trade off for the coating not coming off in my pan. I am not a huge expert in cooking or pans but the amount of cooking spray needed is very little to get food to release for foods like egg. I spray the pan and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel and it works fine.
If I do get anything stuck in the bottom of the pan (which is rare) I just use a plastic bristle brush to get it out. I have used a fork to stir things and the inside of the pan is indestructible.
Warranty, Care and Cleaning, Oven Use: The instructions tell you that if you put this in the dishwasher you will void the 1 year warranty. I have always put my other Circulon pans in the dishwasher and had no issues. This pan can go into the oven up to 400 degrees so I could not see how my dishwasher was going to harm anything. I decided to void the warranty and put mine in the dishwasher. I have washed it several times and put it on the top rack and it looks like new.
Final thoughts and Rating
The Circulon Contempo Nonstick 2 quart Saucepan with Straining Lid gets a full 5 stars from me. I think it is a bargain for $29 and will likely last a lifetime.