Sunday, July 26, 2009

I braved the kitchen, and took out a stainless steel pan.

Ok so...my bridal shower was back at the end of March. Justin's grandparents gave us this Emeril stainless steel cookware set.
I wouldnt have registered for it, cause we'd bought ourselves a fairly nice non-stick set recently too, but Justin wanted stainless. So i said ooooook, and put it on the registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. It was the first thing bought. Of course, i knew who bought it cause his mom called from the store to ask us about them. haha! Justin's grandma and Aunt live in Florida and werent going to be able to make it to the shower, so she was shopping for them. Well, since the shower, i was soooo scared of these pans. I had heard these rumors of cleaning nightmares and stainless and i just did not want to clean them the first time and totally screw them up. so wish me friggin luck. leave some tips. tell me what to freaking do! im browning some ground beef in them. i thought that was the least harmless thing to do with them first. tell me. how. to clean the pan!!!!! ah!
PS - when they say "reduce heat" on the instructions - they should put reduce heat to "medium" or "low." Cause i reduced the hit and that chit was sticking.


Amanda July 26, 2009 at 9:20 PM  

put some olive oil in the pan before you put the meat in there. that help some!

couldnt give you instructions on cleaning it...i've never used them! LOL

Shannon July 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

Ok Becca it really isn't that hard or scary..take a deep breath! The best thing you can do to prevent sticks is use some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) in the bottom of the pan when cooking something that will stick. Also another tip is to let the meat warm up to closer to room temp before adding it to a hot pan...the less of a temperature difference in the pan and the meat the less likely it is to stick.

As far as cleaning...do it right away! My stainless steel is dishwasher safe so it goes right in and gets cleaned that way. If you have a stubborn stuck on mess use Bar Keepers Friend on it. It is like comet, but made for surfaces you cook on. Comet will work too, but is harder to get off. Just sprinkle some BKF on a damp pan, scrub it in, let it set and then rinse. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but that should get even the most stubborn food off.

The only thing I cannot cook in mine is eggs...they stick every time LOL. But whatever you do, do not use any spray non stick stuff like Pam. That will make an aweful residue that is killer to get off.

Let me know if ya need any more tips...it took me a while to get used to cooking in them, but now I wouldn't trade my stainless for anything!

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