Stainless steel, cast iron or carbon steel? Choose a high-quality frying pan that's easy to use and clean – no matter what kind you're looking for.
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Cooking should be fun, and if it is, you're more willing to be creative and your food just tastes better. A really good frying pan makes cooking both more enjoyable and easier.
In order to choose a frying pan, there are a few things you need to think about. What do you think is the most important characteristic of a good frying pan? When it comes to frying pans, there are lots of different materials available.
Non-stick: Some of the most common frying pans have a non-stick coating, making it very easy to fry in them. These frying pans are usually lightweight and can be used at high temperatures. Remember not to use metal utensils with this kind of frying pan in order to protect the beautiful non-stick coating and increase the pan's longevity.
Stainless steel: At restaurants, they often use stainless steel frying pans. The reason for this is that they don't retain tastes, they give a nice frying surface, and they have a long service life. The steel of the pan has no open pores, meaning that no grease can remain on the surface. With the right technology, you can fry anything, but without patience, you're at risk of burning your food.
Cast iron pan: A cast iron frying pan only gets better and better with time. The frying surface and heat distribution are what most people most appreciate about cast iron. When you fry meat in a cast iron pan, you get a good frying surface and it releases a little iron, which is good for you.
Carbon steel: Carbon steel frying pans are like a combination of cast iron and non-stick. They release food well like non-stick pans and fry well like cast iron pans, but weigh much less. Carbon steel frying pans get darker in colour and better with time. Start by burning the carbon steel pan a number of times, and it'll only get better and better from there.
All frying pans must be hand-washed to maintain their quality. Some manufacturers state that their frying pans can be washed in a dishwasher. But if you want to keep your frying pan for many years to come, it's better to hand wash it after each use. Cast iron pans should never be washed with detergent, but rinsed and dried right away with paper or a kitchen towel.
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