A saucepan in Tagalog is called “kaserola” or “kasirola.” It is a versatile cooking tool used in kitchens for various culinary tasks. Saucepans are medium-sized, deep pans with high, straight sides and long handles. The terms “kaserola” and “kaldero” (cooking pots) are often used interchangeably, but the former typically has thinner sides. A huge saucepan that somehow looks like a frying pan is called wok (kawa).
Unlike the kaldero, the kaserola is not commonly used for cooking rice in the Philippines. Instead, it is mostly used for making sauces or cooking viand and smaller portions of food. Saucepans are usually made of materials that offer good heat conductivity, such as aluminum, copper, or thin stainless steel. In short, they are lighter than the kaldero and are usually smaller.
The shape and size of a kaserola make it suitable for other tasks such as heating milk, melting butter, making gravies, preparing sauces, boiling eggs, or reheating leftovers. The high sides of the pan help prevent food and liquid from splattering. Also unlike cooking pots, some saucepans feature a long handle that remains cool when touched.
Some saucepans also come with a matching lid that fits securely, helping to trap heat and retain moisture during cooking. The thin walls of the saucepan allow easy cooking and mild heating of food. And although some Filipinos use kaserola for cooking rice, this is not a recommended method since rice gets burned easily or is unevenly cooked.
Some large saucepans may be as big as cooking pots and are suitable for cooking larger quantities of food. On the other hand, the smaller ones are ideal for heating liquids or making sauces. Some of them are as small as the “palayok,” a traditional earthenware clay cooking pot of Filipinos before the Spanish colonial period.
The culinary landscape in the Philippines underwent significant changes upon the arrival of Spanish colonizers. The “palayok” was gradually replaced by cooking pots and saucepans. Metal kitchen utensils offered advantages in terms of durability, ease of maintenance, and efficient heat distribution. No wonder, the palayok is rarely seen today.
Use kaserola in a sentence.
Isalang mo na ang kaserola sa kalan para makapagluto na ng adobo.
Heat the saucepan on the stove so we can cook adobo.