All About Frying Pans

Just about every household has at least one of these traditional cooking item that has helped many families create any number of meals throughout recent history, which is the frying pan. For quite some time, this accessible necessity of the culinary world has been around. Into creating interesting dishes by using a frying pan is what even people who claim that they can’t boil water have delved.

However, not quite as simple as it may seem is what the cooking item is. When in use and when it is being cleaned, there are different types of this frying pan and they each require different care. Hard-earned lessons are what many cooks have received by unwittingly mistreating the instrument.

Mistreating your frying pan can wreak havoc on the meal and on the cooking instrument itself but rather than lack of caring, mistreatment is often done out of lack of knowledge.

Out of a number of different materials, the frying pan can be made and each material requires different care and maintenance. It is very important to follow some general rules for the various types of frying pans that you own since what works for one kind of frying pan will not work for another.

In cookware, one of the most attractive materials that can be found is copper. A copper frying pan is an excellent conductor of heat and also it is able to withstand some punishment. Many people like to display their copper cookware by hanging them on a rack however, the copper tends to tarnish so be prepared to polish them every so often.

Aluminum and stainless steel are durable metals that also conduct heat very well because a frying pan made out of either of these metals will require little maintenance. It is noticeable that food tends to stick to the surface quite easily if not properly greased even though many people love using them.

To address sticking problems, manufacturers created a non-stick coating known as Teflon. While this coating does wonders for the sticking situation, after extended use, it can peel and peeling often occurs as a result of overheating.

A particular favorite of mine is the traditional cast iron frying pan. With age, what I love about my cast iron frying pan is that it gets better. What I learned is that this material will rust if it is washed too much, ruining it just like what happened with an antique one that m wife owned. With a paper towel, I simply wipe mine after each use. A favorite among seasoned cooks is what this classic frying pan is.