HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PAN IS HOT ENOUGH TO SEAR/FRY/BROWN SOMETHING IN?
THIS IS A TRIPLE TWISTY TIP!!
My first comment is to BE PATIENT! When your intent is to brown something, NEVER put it in a pan that is not heated thoroughly! Through lack of patience, I have placed food in a pan that is not hot enough, dozens of times. The quality of the finished dish ALWAYS suffers.
It takes me between 4-5 minutes to heat up my new nonstick Rachel Ray© pans on my smooth electric cooktop. This type of cooktop is so easy to clean, but it does heat up rather slowly. That is why, with this cooktop, I really needed to learn PATIENCE! The instructions that came with my new pans say to never put them over anything higher than medium heat. Different pans and different stovetops, i.e. gas, etc., have different instructions, and that’s why my tip works on any kind of pan, or stovetop. Read your pans and stovetops instructions for optimal results.
Let’s proceed to the Terry’s Twisty Tips for the Week–
This is the method I always use (when I have my “patience” cap on!)–
#1 Twisty Tip Simply place a drop of tap water onto the tip of your index finger and throw the water into the middle of your pan that has been heating up. There can be oil or butter in the pan, if that’s what the recipe calls for. If the water “dances” around and evaporates immediately, the pan is ready. If the water just sits there, wait another minute or so. My grandsons love this approach when we are making pancakes on my electric griddle. They love to see the water “dance”!
#2 Twisty Tip – When you are searing/browning meat or poultry, pat the meat dry on both sides with paper toweling before adding to the hot pan. This will also help the meat brown better.
#3 Twist Tip If you have 10 – 30 minutes to let the meat warm up a bit from the 40 degree fridge it just came out of, that will increase the browning qualities, as well. Let the meat warm a bit, then pat it dry with paper toweling right before you place it in the heated pan.
Enjoy your completed dish, with the nicely browned meat/poultry!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!