Prior to receiving this pan for review, I didn’t own a covered saute pan. In fact, I wasn’t sure how to saute anything! I had to google it. For those of you who are as well versed in cooking as I am, here’s the basic definition (found on cooking.tips.net): Sauteing food is a way of cooking through the use of dry-heat. This means that you use a very, very hot pan and a small amount of fat (or grease) to cook food really quickly. This usually means that the food will be browned, often with a caramelized outer shell.
So, how is this pan different from a skillet? Basically, it’s the design. A saute pan has a wide, flat bottom, which helps distribute the heat evenly. Also, it’s a little deeper than a skillet, which helps keep the food inside while it’s jumping around getting sauted!
This is a skill I have yet to master, I will admit. I am sad about this, because there are really few things I love in life more than sauted onions (yes I know I am a freak). But after doing some research, I think I have discovered my mistakes – apparently you’re supposed to let the pan heat up before adding the oil, then adding the food. Also, it’s important not to put too much in at a time, which I know is part of my problem.
The saute pan is also great for browning, braising, and deglazing. I have a lot of googling in my future because I don’t know how to do any of that.
But now, on to the important things! Here’s how you can win the ScanPan Professional Nonstick Saute Pan:
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