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THE KITCHEN

shape, as shown in the illustrations. Their capacity and prices range as follows:—

Description.
Size.
Inches in
diameter.
Capacity.
Pints
Price.
Copper Stewpans and Covers, Best quality 4 1 6s.
""Second" 4 1 5s.9d.
""Best" 5 2 7s.3d.
""Second" 5 2 6s.6d.
""Best" 6 3 8s.3d.
""Second" 6 3 7s.9d.
""Best" 8 7 15s.3d.
""Second" 8 7 13s.11d.
""Best" 10 14 23s.9d.
""Second" 10 14 19s.9d.
""Best" 12 22 35s.
""Second" 12 22 27s.
Wrought Steel Stewpans with Tin Covers, Best quality 4 1 3s.3d.
""" 5 2 4s.3d.
""" 6 3 4s.9d.
""" 7 5 6s.6d.
""" 8 7 7s.3d.
""" 10 14 10s.6d.
""" 12 22 15s.6d.
""" 14 44 20s.6d.
Cast-Iron with Block-Tin Covers, Best quality 4 1 1s.
""" 5 2 1s.3d.
""" 612 4 2s.
""" 712 6 2s. 6d.
""" 812 8 3s.
""" 912 12 3s. 6d.
""" 1012 16 4s.
""" 1112 20 4s. 9d.
""" 12 24 5s. 9d.

The prices and capacity of saucepans and other articles are taken from the illustrated catalogues and price lists of the best firms and stores in London. Enamelled saucepans are not often used in kitchens where much cooking is done. They are inexpensive but not very durable; they answer very well for boiling milk, but anything thickened with flour, if allowed to stand, quickly burns at the bottom. The wrought-steel saucepans are more expensive but decidedly cheaper in the end. They possess all the advantages of copper without any of its drawbacks; they are easily kept clean, anything cooked in them does not become discoloured, and thickened sauces may be simmered in them for hours without injury, if occasionally stirred. The insides of the saucepans require re-tinning occasionally; but when the tin wears off they are as harmless as before, being made of steel. Copper saucepans also are very durable; in fact they last a lifetime, and are