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It seems that 'kettle of fish' was picked (who knows why) as a synonym for 'state of affairs', or simply 'thing' and then various prefixes added to convey meaning.The earliest uses of the phrase, which apparently are examples of the 'muddle' meaning come from the English novelist Henry Fielding.Tents or marquees are pitched near the flowery banks of the river...a fire is kindled, and live salmon thrown into boiling kettles." Incidentally, the two meanings of the verb 'poach', which are 'steal game' and 'cook by simmering in water', both derive from the French 'pocher', which means 'put in a bag'.
In all likelihood there wasn't any specific connection between the saucepans and muddle.
See here for the meaning and origin of 'a different kettle of fish'.
Being English, I have a close association with kettles; essential equipment for a custom in which the English can still claim world dominance, the making of 'a nice cup of tea'.
Throw in some Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Cream, Muddy Waters and Robert Cray blues…
and you've got, a totally different KETTLE OF FISH!