Stock Pot Guide and Review


“The most important piece of equipment in any kitchen is the stock pot” – Francis Pottenger, MD.

I have put together this stock pot guide and review to help you make one of the most important purchases for your kitchen – and health!

When buying a stock pot, look for stainless steel which is by far the healthiest material.

I make stock every week (almost every day when on the GAPS [Gut and Psychology Syndrome] Introduction diet – see My GAPS Diary and, therefore the stock pot needs to be made to a high standard, solid and strong. Look for ones which are made with 18/10 or 18/8* stainless steel (see footnote) and have a good warranty or guarantee.

Good meat stocks and bone broths are left to simmer for hours – see Delicious and Healthy Gut Healing Beef Stock Recipe. So it is essential the stock pot has a strong body, a thick base, strong handles and a good lid. You also do not want it made with thin steel. A pot with a body made with thicker steel will take a lot of hard use and last you many years. It is worth paying more for a pot of higher quality as this is the most important piece of equipment in a healthy diet with stocks being at the centre of the GAPS diet. For this reason Francis Pottenger (mentioned above) even recommended the stock pot as a gift for couples getting married!

You can buy the Jean Patrique stock pot below if you do not have time to read the whole review-

Jean-Patrique 7L Stainless Steel Stockpot

This is the one I use, as it was included in the 15 piece cookware set we bought from them. It is made from high quality 18/10 stainless steel and has a strong body and sturdy, riveted handles. The thick base has an aluminium disc encapsulated in stainless steel to ensure even heat distribution. It is suitable for all types of hob and comes with a self-basting lid. I have been using it to make stock every week, on a regular basis, for about five years now and I am still very pleased with its quality and the way it performs. It is very strong, easy to handle and easy to clean.

It comes with a 25 year warranty and at just £39.99 is a very good price for a pot of such high quality.

About Jean-Patrique

The company was started by a French chef in the UK just over 20 years ago. On their website they claim to use only high quality and sustainably sourced materials and state, “Some cookware companies have taken shortcuts and use materials that have proven to be toxic. Not us.” According to The Daily Mail, they are now so trusted they are the go-to for chefs, hotels and caterers.

What buyers liked

  • Good quality
  • Solid build
  • Easy to handle
  • Easy to clean
  • Value for money

What buyers did not like

No complaints regarding the product.

All of the reviews on Amazon and on their own website have been very favourable, giving 4 or 5 stars, especially regarding the quality. On Trust Pilot they have received 81% excellent reviews and 9% bad.

ProCook Professional Stainless Steel Stockpot

Should you be unable to get the Jean-Patrique stock pot (it sells out very quickly), then this one looks every bit as good. I do not own one of these, but I have looked at many stock pots and these stand out as quality items. They are made from high quality 18/10 stainless steel and are suitable for all types of hob. It has a very thick base, a strong body and a lid made of heat resistant toughened glass – which makes it easy to see what your stock is doing without removing the lid and losing heat.

The 7.2L pot costs £59 (slightly more than the Jean Patrique, but still a good price for such high quality) and comes with a 25 year guarantee.

About ProCook

The company was started over 20 years ago in the UK and now have over 50 stores nationwide. It is still owned and managed by one of the original founding family members. Their cookware is used by both professional chefs and home cooks.

What buyers liked

  • Good quality
  • Solid build
  • Value for money
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to handle

What buyers did not like

  • A couple of complaints regarding the lid

All of the reviews on Amazon and on their own website have been very favourable, giving 4 or 5 stars, especially regarding the quality. On Trust Pilot they have received 87% excellent reviews and 2% bad.

My Verdict

I have looked at many stock pots and I think these two would appear to be among the best on the market. Stainless steel stockpots can cost anything from around £20 to over £100, so the ones listed above are about mid range. All of the reviews for these stockpots were excellent, describing them as high quality and good value with reviewers, on the whole, saying they were very satisfied and would recommend them.

A note on cleaning: Many will claim their stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe. This may be true, but in my experience stainless steel stays in better condition for longer if washed by hand for most of the time. Use a non-abrasive pad or brush to clean. Try to avoid using metal wool but if you should need it, use it very gently on a small area. This way your cookware will last you many years.

*Stainless Steel Grades

Stainless steel comes in different types – 18/10; 18/8 or 18/0. These numbers refer to the percentages of chromium and nickel in the steel. They help to reduce rust, add shine and make it more durable. The best quality cookware comes in 18/10 and 18/8, these can hold acidic foods and hot and cold liquids for longer periods of time without corrosion. Nickel is expensive so pans with a higher level of it will cost more, but you will get a product of a higher standard. Cheaper pots and cutlery usually come in 18/0 which is not at resistant to corrosion and not as durable.

  • 18/10 = 18% Chromium, 10% Nickel
  • 18/8=18%Chromium, 8% Nickel
  • 18/0=18%, no Nickel

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