You have them for a long time so how to choose the right frying pan?
A frying pan, or sometimes called a skillet, is a pan that has slanted sides vs. straight sides. Think of cooking an omeltte and then sliding your perfect creation onto a plate. This would be a little more difficult to do with a sauté pan that has straight up and down sides.
How to Choose The Best Frying Pan
The frying pan is perhaps the most versatile of all the different pans you are going to have in your kitchen arsenal. It is going to perform the majority of the “heavy lifting” for you when it comes time to cook.
For this reason, you’ll need to make sure that you choose the very best frying pan available – the only problem though, is that the best frying pan for you may not be the best frying pan for everyone else. Each person has their own tastes and cooking style. So let’s dive right in and take a look at some of the things you’ll want to take into account when choosing a frying pan.
The Right Sized Frying Pan
A lot of people in the process of shopping for a new frying pan start by looking at the materials that the pan is made out of. This is of course important but first we need to decide on a size.
You’re going to want to think about how you anticipate using this frying pan in the future (the kinds of dishes you’re looking to prepare with this frying pan on a frequent basis) so that you can find the right size pan moving forward.
For most people, a 12 inch frying pan is going to tackle most everything you can throw at it without being too big or too small. So if you are only going to get 1 frying pan then a 12 inch pan is recommended. But your needs may vary so it may be advantageous to get various different sizes. If that’s the case then getting a full set of pans may be your best bet.
The Right Material
Frying pans come in all shapes and sizes, but they also come made out of a variety of different construction materials.
Nonstick frying pans are very, very popular. This is because they are easy to work with and super easy to clean. There are some downsides though. Mainly non-stick pans work best with low to medium heat foods. If you cook to high you’ll ruin the non-stick of the pan as time goes on. You also don’t want to use metal on the pan since this will ruin the non-stick quality of the pan as well.
- Another thing is that you may want to stay away from nonstick aluminum frying pans just because of the potential health hazards that these nonstick chemicals cause when they release from the pan due to high temperatures used when cooking.
Stainless steel frying pans are going to be a little bit heavier and you’ll probably want to use oil or butter when cooking so that the food doesn’t just stick and burn to the pan. If taken care of properly though stainless steel pans can last a lifetime. This is why this type is the most popular type of frying pan in restaurants.
Cast iron frying pans are a real workhorse in the kitchen and maybe the most versatile of all the different frying pan options out there. With cast iron pans you’ll want to “season” the pan first. This means coating it in oil and heating it up a few times before cooking. This gives it a non-stick quality. Cast iron pans also take a long time to heat up, a long time to cool down, and can be very heavy.
Carbon steel pans offer the best of all worlds. They heat up relatively quickly, distribute heat quickly and evenly, are super lightweight, and when seasoned they offer an almost nonstick surface that true nonstick pans can barely rival.
All in all your frying pan choice really comes down to your personal tastes and what works best for you. Happy shopping!
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