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Old October 30th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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I am in the market for a 20-24 qt stainless stock pot for making maple mustard and maple bbq sauce. I went online, looked at pans and the price ranged from 20-300 dollars, now i am overwhelmed. What makes a good stock pot ? Heavy gauge ? Copper bottom ? I would like something that i dont have to worry about scorching the bottom when i am reheating the sauce for bottling.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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I bought mine from Meiers few years back, i think it was like $50.00 and has always worked good for me

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It depends on your stove. If electric you will absolutely need a pot with a thick bottom surface that is machined flat. Else it will just contact at a few small points which will burn while the rest of the surface barely heats up.

If gas, a thin cheap stainless pot will be fine. Actually thinner is better for heat transfer over a flame, just as in an evaporator.
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It depends on your stove. If electric you will absolutely need a pot with a thick bottom surface that is machined flat. Else it will just contact at a few small points which will burn while the rest of the surface barely heats up.
My thoughts exactly and yes i am using a electric stove.
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Once the syrup is cooked and the mustard is added, reheating is not a good idea. Ask me how I know. Even with constant stirring and on low heat (electric) it burned on the bottom of the pot and I ended up with black flecks in the mixture. I bottle in plastic bottles that don't take alot of heat and haven't had a problem. With the high sugar level and the mustards acidity it stores pretty well. For extra precaution I store in the freezer until I sell. Doesn't freeze solid (just like syrup).

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Went to cabellas with my son last week and they have a stainless stock pot on a gas burner with a spout already attached. Can't remember the price. Sure was nice.
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