A cooking pot can be made from stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, or tinplate. However, new models have nonstick or ceramic coatings to prevent food from sticking. A stewpot typically has a diameter of 25 cm. Certain models are suitable for use with all kinds of stoves, while others are not. Now, there are also silicone pots that are specially suited to microwaves.
A cooking pot can be used to make Flemish carbonnade stews, beef bourguignon, tagines, and other meat, fish, and vegetable stews. It is used to brown and sear pieces of meat and to cook vegetables by boiling or braising.