There’s a reason your pots and pans come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Different pieces of cookware are created for specific tasks, and choosing the right piece of cookware for the job helps you be more efficient and get the results you expect. You wouldn’t boil water for pasta in a fry pan or sear chicken in a stock pot, right? (And if you would, read on to find out why you shouldn’t.) Here’s a handy guide to help you choose the right pan every time.