How deep does a pan have to be before it becomes a pot?

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pots and pans

There is no single definition that differentiates what a pot is from what a pan is that I could find. Here are a few tidbits I came across on the internet:

  • Many pots have two handles, while very few pans have two handles.
  • If the sides are equal to or greater than the radius of the bottom, it’s probably a pot.
  • If you can fill it up with enough liquid to boil water for spaghetti, it’s probably a pot.
  • If the sides are less than a 1/4th the size of the radius of the bottom, it’s probably a pan.

In conclusion, a pot can be called a pan, but a pan can’t be called a pot. Got it?

INTERESTING REFERENCES
  1. Yahoo Answers – How deep does a pan have to be before it’s a pot?
  2. Reddit – How deep does a pan have to be to make it a pot?

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