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What to look for when choosing a skillet.
One of the biggest factors when choosing a skillet pan is knowing what material it is constructed from. Classic cast iron skillets remain popular because they handle high heat well and can be used on the stove or in the oven, which makes them great tools for baking. A stainless steel skillet can also last for decades if properly maintained, making it a durable kitchen essential. Plus, materials like aluminum and ceramic provide you with non-stick surfaces and can also make your skillet lighter while improving the overall heat conduction process.
When choosing a skillet, it is important to consider the size you want and whether you need any special features, such as an oven-safe handle or lid. If you have induction burners, remember that you will need an induction safe skillet, ensuring your pan isn’t damaged on your stovetop.
Before choosing your next skillet, consider the price range you are comfortable with. There are many quality skillets under $50 as well as skillets priced between $50 and $100, depending on your budget. With these considerations in mind, you should be able to find a skillet that meets all of your needs that will hopefully last a long time.
Getting the most out of your skillet.
Once you have purchased your skillet, there are a few things you can do to ensure that it lasts for years. For example, avoid using metal spatulas, tongs and cooking utensils that can scratch non-stick finishes. Most kitchen utensils do have plastic or rubber ends, so there are plenty of options to choose from. Making sure to season cast iron cookware properly is also a good idea because it enhances the skillet’s durability, prevents rust and can even improve the flavor of the food you are cooking. Lastly, always wash and dry your skillet according to the manufacturer’s instructions and always doublecheck you have a dishwasher safe skillet before running it through a dishwasher.
If you often use skillet cooking to fry foods in oil, you should also think about expanding your kitchen appliance collection to include an air fryer. Skillets with helper handles help distribute weight evenly, preventing oil from splashing, but using an air fryer is an easy way to make the fried foods you love to eat a little healthier.
Finally, keep in mind that there are many different types of skillets to choose from. You can stick with a traditional stove-top skillet, or you can choose a grill skillet that plugs in and heats up. Grill skillets are great if you want to cook outside of your kitchen or when preparing a large meal. Whatever your cooking needs are, there is a skillet out there for you.