Best Ways to Cook With Your Stainless Steel Pan
Here are some tips and best practices for cooking with stainless steel so that you can get the most out of your pots and pans.
When adding salt to boiling water, only add the salt after the water has come to a boil.
If you add salt to the liquid and then put your stainless steel pan on the stove to boil, small pockmarks can form in the surface of the pan.
This is known as “pitting corrosion” and can permanently damage stainless steel cookware.
When cooking with oil, heat your stainless steel skillet before adding oil to the pan.
When the pan is heated, carefully add the oil. Then allow the oil to heat thoroughly, without burning, before adding food to the pan. According to many professional chefs, adding oil to a hot pan creates a non-stick surface on the pan so that food doesn’t stick when cooked at higher temperatures.
To test the heat of stainless steel pans before adding the oil, you can do a “water test”. Drop a small amount of water onto the surface of the heating pan. If a ball of liquid forms that glides over the surface of the stainless steel pan, you’ll know that the pan is hot enough to add the oil.
When Heating Stainless Skillets and Pans
When heating stainless skillets and pans don’t place the pan over high heat to get the pan to the right temperature.
Remember that top-quality stainless steel cookware is ideal for holding heat so it’s best to preheat pans at a mid temperature.
Preheating over high heat can quickly cause the pan to overheat which can lead to burnt food. And burnt food can cause scorching and burning on the surface of the pan.
When cooking with stainless steel a good practice is to avoid adding cold foods to a hot pan. When stainless steel comes into contact with cold foods that have just been taken out of the fridge the surface of the pan will contract. This can cause the food to stick to the pan. Let foods from the fridge, such as fish and meat, come to room temperature for about 10 minutes before cooking. It’s also a good idea to use a paper towel to remove any excess moisture from fish and meat before cooking, again to prevent the food from sticking to the pan.
Now that you know how to make your stainless steel pan shine, your cookware will look great and last for years to come. It will also make you feel proud of having guests round the house and not feel embarrassed to have them pop into the kitchen in case your cookware looks all dirty.
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