The crossword question ‘Pots and pans, e.g.‘ is asking for a word that describes cooking utensils that are used for preparing food. The answer to this question is ‘VESSELS‘. Vessels are containers that are used for holding liquids, such as water or soup. In the context of cooking, they are used to cook food, heat liquids, and store ingredients. They can come in different shapes and sizes depending on the type of food being prepared, and can range from small saucepans to large cooking pots. Therefore, the answer ‘VESSELS‘ is perfectly fitting for the given question.