Cooking With Stainless Steel: How To Use, Advantages & Precautions
Anyone can cook food, but perfect cooking is an art that needs practice, skills, and techniques. New cooks get irritated if the result of their cooking is not up to the mark. Yet, some things need to be learned like cooking with stainless steel utensils, Kitchen hacks, etc.
Housewives struggle a lot initially in the kitchen. Though after practicing and failing in cooking they become a Pro-cook. Stainless steel is used for the perfect golden browned meat.
Patience, perfect temperature and demanded time are necessary to cook food. I will guide you in this article on how to start cooking with stainless steel.
Cooking With Stainless Steel
Don’t feel bad about yourself if you know nothing about stainless steel utensils and how to cook food in them.
Even I had zero knowledge about it. After living independently I learned how to cook food, and about these utensils. I used stainless steel pots wrong my whole life until I met my neighbor. She is an expert.
Cooking in these pots is not a hard task, but you must have some knowledge about them. I have guided you in detail on how to use, and the advantages of stainless steel.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensils
Stainless steel is a mixture of iron with chromium. Chromium gives increased protection. This material is more resistant therefore many kitchen wares are made up of it.
Why we Use Stainless Steel in Kitchen?
Most of our kitchen products are made up of stainless steel. Not only it gives a nice finishing to products but also it has many advantages.
Advantages of Using Stainless Steel
Cooking pots and other kitchen items are preferred because:
- Adds flavor to food.
- Easy to clean.
- Reasonable price.
- Low maintenance.
- Quick Heat absorption.
There is only one disadvantage that such cooking pots rust.
How to Use it?
Cooking with stainless steel pots need a bit of knowledge. It is not as difficult as it might look to cook in it.
Preheating is important to cook in stainless steel pots. You can use water droplets to check the temperature of the pan. There is a very thin line between overheated and preheated. So, you must ready ingredients before you preheat.
Adding oil before you preheat is not advisable. Wait till the pot is hot enough. Swirl the oil in a pan. The oil will be ready to cook in 4 to 5 seconds. Heat oil till it starts shimmering but doesn’t burn.
Rule of thumb, always preheat.
Steel pots have even sides and bottom, it means food is being cooked from every direction. Make sure to cook food at a low temperature. Mostly in recipes, it is advised to cook on medium-high heat. I would recommend cooking on medium-low heat.
Understanding Temperature control is key to cook in stainless steel.
Color of the food will let you know when to flip the side. If previous steps are followed properly it won’t make your food get stuck, undercooked or burned. Oil your pan in a properly preheated oven it will cook perfectly. This is the point of flipping the meat.
Food naturally releases from the pan it will not stick. These basic steps are not used only for cooking meat but remember this when searing or sauteing.
Practice will help you to learn these basics. Master these tricks to get the perfect browned crust on fillets or steaks.
To create flavor in your dishes is by making fond.
Fonds is a brown residue in pans from cooking meats and vegetables. It is tasty brown bits of food. Don’t throw fond away as it enhances the taste. Add a little amount of liquid, butter and seasoning to make a tasty fond.
Stainless steel is perfect to make fond, unlike nonstick pans.
Seasoned Stainless Steel
To cook delicate food like fish fillets or an egg a seasoning layer can help. Preheat pan and add a small amount of oil to the pan. Spread the oil evenly. Wait for the oil to smoke. Wipeout excess oil, it creates a nonstick glossy surface.
Now fry an egg or make an omelet on stainless steel.
There are some tips to take care of stainless steel pots.
- Rinse pots thoroughly then dry with a towel.
- Wash in warm soapy water.
- To remove any stubborn food particle from pot/pan use Vinegar.
- For nonstick stainless steel, don’t scrub too hard. wipe oil with a soft cloth.
- These pots are dishwasher safe.
To cook like a pro, follow those above basic tips so you can get a perfect look with the taste of food. Once you have received good comments on your food you will start to enjoy cooking food.
Remember, you will not learn to cook overnight. Practice Makes A Man Perfect!