What do you look for in a stock pot?

Or are they all pretty much the same? While you're at it, what are your favorite things to put in a stock pot (beside the standard onions, carrots, etc.)?

  • Posted by: Kate
  • November 25, 2013


Declan November 25, 2013
Thick bottom and large are your two major needs.
ChefOno November 25, 2013

A good stock pot can be useful well beyond stock. Think "Dutch oven" and the utility factor multiplies considerably. In that light, I'd look for the same attributes you'd want in any pot or pan (mine are All-Clad tri-ply and I routinely brown on the stovetop and transfer to the oven for braising). For stock, you don't need anything fancy whatsoever; restaurant supply stores are an excellent source for inexpensive aluminum pots for the purpose.

ChefJune November 25, 2013
It needs to be durable, definitely NOT non stick, and large enough to hold all the stuff you're going to put in. I always laugh when I see sets with a 5 or 6-quart "stock pot." No way you can make stock in a pot that size. Altho it's fine for heating up the finished soup.
pierino November 25, 2013
I look for a thick bottom and sides and tight fitting lid. Cheap pots warp easily. As to aromatics, it really depends on what you are making. I like to use leek tops rather than parsley before I fill the bouquet and tie it up.
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