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Sitram Catering 4.9-Quart Commercial Stainless Steel Saute Pan

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  • Commercial quality sauté pan for searing, browning, and braising
  • Durable 18/10 stainless steel with sandwiched copper bottom for superior heat conduction
  • Welded handle withstands oven and broiler
  • Made in France
  • Lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Product Description


Sitram logo Made in France

Sitram France has produced professional grade cookware for over 40 years. It is favored by many of the world's top executive chefs and restaurants. We're glad to have Sitram available in the U.S.

Chef Saucepans

Why do so many professionals around the world favor Sitram cookware? Sitram cookware is made in France, designed for commercial use. The factory is fully aware of the highest expectations that executive chefs place in their equipment, and continuously works with them to provide nothing but the best. Why would you want professional cookware? Oh, where do we start! How about "these pots and pans are virtually indestructible as well as dishwasher safe"?

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To pour drip-free, simply push the lever. Releasing the lever re-seals it. For easy filling and cleaning, the attached lid opens all the way.

Both lines offered here, Catering and Profiserie, are made of highest quality 18/10 stainless steel to guarantee even heat distribution. Since the base is composed of three thick layers of sturdy metal, they will never warp, yet Sitram cookware heats up quickly and retains heat extremely well.

Needless to say, Sitram's surgical-steel grade material won't discolor or alter the flavor of foods. Users around the world praise how smooth the interior remains even after years of rigid use.

The handles are multiple spot welded to provide superior durability and easy cleaning. The lids feature a small hole to vent: While it keeps liquids and flavors in, it lets just a tiny amount of steam out so that the lid doesn't vibrate top of a boiling pot. All pots, pans and lids are dishwasher safe, NSF* certified and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Catering versus Profiserie
Catering set

Catering boasts a thick copper core sandwiched between two layers of 18/10 stainless steel. Copper allows for a higher cooking temperature, perfectly even heat distribution, and a quick response time to temperature changes.

The grooved handles are the hallmark of commercial-grade cookware.Catering withstands temperatures up to 1800F and can be used on gas, electric, or ceramic stove-tops. Oven-safe (please use oven mitts).

profiserie set

Profiserie has an extra thick aluminum disk sandwiched between 18/10 stainless steel and comes with comfort grip stay-cool tubular handles.

Profiserie can be used on gas, electric, ceramic, or induction stove-tops. Oven-safe (please use oven mitts).

For your convenience, all Sitram pieces are available "open stock". Sitram does not force you into buying cookware sets to include items/sizes you don't need. Get exactly what you need - not more, not less, and enjoy it for a lifetime. Let Sitram become your trusted partner in your kitchen. Bon Appétit!

*NSF Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting and improving human health on a global scale. NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers alike look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification that help protect the world's food, water, health and consumer products.


The classic French sautéuse is one of the most versatile pans. With short, straight sides and a wide cooking area, it quickly browns ground beef or simmers a stew. No ordinary sauté pan, Sitram's line of heavy-gauge stainless-steel cookware is found in the finest restaurant kitchens in France and the United States. Hidden between layers of surgical stainless steel is copper, the best heat conductor in the world. The result is a nonreactive sauté pan that heats evenly and cooks foods reliably over gas or electric burners. A long upward-sloping handle stays cool even over high heat. Ovenproof and dishwasher-safe, the Sitram sauté pan will hold its shine long after it becomes your best-loved pan. --Lynne Sampson

Product Information

Product Dimensions 20 x 11 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 4 pounds
Shipping Weight 5 pounds
Department Cookware
Manufacturer Sitram
Item model number A18437
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #113,352 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#159 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > Sauté Pans
#2,723 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > All Pans
Date first available at Amazon.com October 28, 2002

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This is a large (11" diameter) saute pan that will brown and evenly cook almost anything you can get in it. It is a very heavy (a desirable attribute) pan. So, if you plan to toss your food while sauteing, you'll need both hands. Almost all of the exposed parts are made of high quality stainless steel, so it's non-reactive (ok for acidic foodstuff) and can be cleaned effortlessly with a Scotch-Brite pad and Bar Keeper's Friend detergent.

The copper disc (~2.5 mm thick) in the bottom of the pan, will give you the responsiveness that you expect from a copper pan without burning a hole in your pocket. If you are sauteing at a continuously high heat, then a similar pan in the Sitram Profiserie line which uses a thick aluminum disk (instead of copper) might be a better buy because it is cheaper, a bit lighter (easier to toss) and may hold heat better when dumping a lot of cold food in it (especially if your burner does not put out a lot of BTU).

If you cook on a smooth ceramic cooktop, just like me, you might want the heavier weight of the Sitram Catering line because the added weight prevents the pan from sliding all over the place.

IMHO, the responsiveness of the copper pan will get you saut?ing sooner than most aluminum pans. Copper is a better conductor than aluminum so it will transfer heat faster. Also, you'll need about 2 times the thickness in aluminum (compared to copper) to make it cook evenly. Since you will be heating a thicker mass with a slower conductor, you will wait a little longer to get comparable aluminum pans to the high heat required for sauteing. Since I am rather impatient, I'll pay extra for copper.

In the same token, the responsiveness of a copper pan will make it cool faster when removed from the heat source.
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* March 2011 Update - still getting great use out of this product - French cooking equipment is superb!*

I worked in restaurants for many years before going into the federal gov't, and good pans or bad pans would show their true colours over time.

For those w/ any arm/wrist/finger troubles, know that this pan may be uncomfortable to grip the handle, and may be a little too heavy. The handle is not rounded, but thin and rigid for lack of a better word. The Profiserie Sitram line is easier and "softer" to handle. However, this pan is a powerhouse, if you will, and can handle and endure heavy use in the kitchen, which is why it is "commercial grade" in both name and quality.

I would recommend using only wooden spoons and spatulas in this pan. Pure virgin olive oil is the best to use to get the pan going when sautéing, but extra virgin oo is good for lighter cooking or when simmering. Using a wooden spatula (never metal) will keep things from sticking just fine -- scrape when necessary w/ the wooden spatula. Do not forget to keep your wooden spatulas/spoons/cutting boards oiled too. (See my other reviews for suggestions on this topic)

Oil sprays are not necessary and only last so long anyway. This pan will become a valued partner in the kitchen. It is a joy to use knowing that you are using a high quality item. It is good to hand wash these pans and to use a little bit of "Bartenders Friend" to keep them shining like new. It is also good not to use high heat, but rather middle heat zones for smooth cooking.

The bottom line is that this pan is perfect, and beats a Tephlon or other nonstick pan in durability without trouble.
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I received a complete set of Calphalon for Christmas 5 years ago. Within the first year, the saute pan warped. So I used the frying pan for the last 4 years. I didn't know that the nonstick surface only lasted a short time until I saw it flaking off into our food!

I searched the net for a good stainless steel sauté pan that wouldn't warp or discolor. I was looking for heavy stainless (at least an 18/10 gauge) with a copper bottom. In the end, I just picked the one with the best overall reviews.

I am definitely pleased with my purchase!! I do a lot of cooking (kids, hubby, friends, etc) and this pan is definitely up to the challenge. It's pretty heavy, but it cooks the food evenly at a much lower temp than I was used to with my Calphalon (energy savings!) and cleanup is a breeze.

Yes, Really! If something gets stuck in the pan, I am usually able to scrape it off with my bamboo utensils while I am cooking. If I get lazy, it is really just a matter of soaking it in hot water for a few minutes.

I just LOVE this pan!!! Purchase the matching lid - I thought I could get away with my current stainless lids, but they are off just a bit.
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