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VOR
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Properly Heating the Pan

The cooking mistakes thread got me to thinking about No. 13: not getting the pan hot enough. I'm interested in the board's thoughts about the following.

I've read and heard various opinions, theories, etc., about the proper way to bring up the heat.

Examples:

Don't heat too quickly because it can damage/warp the pan/skillet. Instead, bring the heat up slowly and don't turn the burner high until the pan is hot.

Don't add oil/butter until the pan is heated. OR, on the other hand, if you don't have oil/butter in the pan the dry pan can be damaged.

I have three skillets that I use for the most part.

An All-Clad Steel.

A cast iron.

And an All-Clad nonstick for some purposes.

I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts.




SUB
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re: Properly Heating the Pan
I don't think there is any risk in warping a cast iron. If your skillet or pot is good quality, it shouldn't warp, right? I go full blast on high most of the time.


VOR
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re: Properly Heating the Pan
quote:

I don't think there is any risk in warping a cast iron


Probably true. But I'm not so sure about others. I was speaking with some person at Williams-Sonoma about pans/skillets (even the better quality ones) heating unevenly and she brought up the issue. I'm curious about it.


VOR
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re: Properly Heating the Pan
I'd just like to say that I'm my heart is warmed by the success of this thread.


ADLSUNSU
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re: Properly Heating the Pan
you can definitely warp a cast iron one

I had a friend leave one on while drying it one day for a while, after we reseasoned it, it was never the same.

That is one reason the use of a campfire is discouraged for removing old seasoning, since there is no consistency to the temp.



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