Kettles allow you to cook large amounts of sauces, pastas, desserts, braising meats, stews, rice and soups without a stockpot. The steam jacket heats 2/3 of the cooking surface evenly with efficient heat transfer for faster cooking times with lower cooking temperature. Kettles are perfect for foods that can hold at a simmer without overcooking. Tilting models make handling simpler. Kettles can be electric or gas, tabletop or larger floor models. Large kettles may have an external boilder and can use direct steam kettles.