This Brilliant Trick Will Keep Food from Sticking to Stainless Steel Pans
Every time I’ve had the chance to peek into a restaurant kitchen, I’ve immediately noticed all the stainless steel pans. It seems like stainless steel is a popular choice for pro chefs, but I’ve always wondered: How in the world do they prevent food from sticking to it?
The idea is to place your pan over a medium flame for a minute or two, then spoon a few drops of water into it to test it. “If it fizzles or does nothing, wait a little longer,” they say. If the water splits into little beads, though — which is a pretty dramatic moment in the video — it means it’s too hot and you need to turn down the heat and let the pan cool off.
When the water becomes a slippery bead that glides around, however, the pan is ready for use.
At that point, our Misen hero pours some oil into the just-right pan, swirls it around, then adds an egg, which miraculously glides over the surface of the pan just like the bead of water did. Science-lovers may want to learn more about this gliding property (which is called the Leidenfrost effect, if you feel like doing a little research), but for the rest of us, it’s enough to learn that it’s actually possible to cook up a perfect breakfast without having to scrub the pan clean.