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Stacking is a logical and convenient way to store pots and pans; everyone does it. But unless the surfaces are protected, they can be damaged. To cushion nonstick and enamel-coated pots, pans, and other cooking vessels, there are Now Designs Pan Protectors ($9.99 for a set of 3 assorted sizes). The flexible felt pads, from about 13½ to 16 inches in diameter, are designed to cover the bottom and extend up the sides of everything from saucepans and skillets to Dutch ovens and griddles. They’re also good for nesting plates, platters, and bowls that need special care. No touching, no chipping, no breaking. Available at Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; TAGS Hardware, Porter Square Shopping Center, 29 White St., Cambridge, 617-868-7711.