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Proper pan heating, a major key to cooking with stainless

So, you’ve received your cookware, you understand how to treat it right, but now you’re ready to impress at your next date night or Friendsgiving. The is the moment of truth - the exact reason you made an investment in quality cookware. The good news? A lot of cooking comes down to simply getting your pan’s surface to the correct temperature - and we are here to help.

Note: Most novices overheat their pans because they are used to cookware that is poor at conducting heat. Not anymore! Always start your Made In cookware on low-to-medium heat and use the below to techniques to master your first meal.

For Your First Time Cooking

The Water Droplet Test

The water droplet test will tell you exactly when you should add oil to your pan. Getting the temperature right will result in a perfect and even sear, leaving your meal with a delicious crust.
How to do it:

  1. Heat your pan over low-to-medium heat and let it sit for a few minutes
  2. Add a drop of water to your stainless steel pan
    • If your pan is too cold - the water droplet will bubble and evaporate extremely fast. Adding oil and food at this point could cause food sticking problems. Turn up your temperature slightly and repeat after a moment.
    • If your pan is too hot - the water droplet will immediately fracture into smaller droplets and dart around the pan very fast. Wipe the droplets from the pan, turn down your heat and let the pan cool for a moment. Oil may smoke and food will burn when the pan is overheated.
    • If your pan is perfect - the water droplet will stay intact and move around the pan like a ball of mercury. This is when you should add your wipe your pan clean of water and add your oil.

When You've Gotten the Hang of the Water Droplet Test

That water droplet test is cool, but it takes forever. Getting the oil to the right temperature for proper protein cooking is actually quick and easy to estimate. Simply add your oil and monitor it. When the oil glistens and gentle ripples across the surface, it is the correct temperature. This should happen pretty quickly. If the oil begins to smoke, the pan is too hot.

When To Salt

If you are cooking pasta or something else that involves adding salt to water, make sure the water is boiling before adding the salt. Adding the salt before the water creates a chemical reaction with the metal that can result in pitting, a form of rust.

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