SCRAPING cooked food off a pan is certainly not something people look forward to when it comes to using a stovetop.
Fortunately, an expert says you shouldn’t need to do that anymore and shared an easy trick for knowing if food will stick to a stainless steel pan while cooking.
“Don’t like cooking with stainless steel because the food sticks?
“Do the water test,” text over a video posted to The Asian Test Kitchen’s TikTok account read.
The person in the video then poured some water into a hot pan, which immediately collected into a large droplet.
“If the water forms a big droplet like this, then the pan is ready!” the video continued.
In the comment section of the video, the creator added: “Once the pan is hot enough, add oil before cooking.
“It doesn’t need a ton, but some oil is needed to create a barrier.”
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They also noted that food often sticks to a pan because it is not hot enough in the first place.
And in response to a commenter who was concerned about the pan being too hot, another TikToker said: “When the water vaporizes, it's too hot.
“When the water has the Leidenfrost effect, turn the temp[erature] down a bit and that’s the right heat.”
The original poster gave the comment an approving “Thank you!”
Per Science Friday, the Leidenfrost effect is “a phenomenon where a liquid heated past its boiling point doesn’t evaporate, but rather silently glides on the surface of whatever it’s resting on.”
Another reason why food may stick to a pan is the simple fact that it’s not yet done cooking, according to another expert.
In a helpful video they previously posted to TikTok, they noted: “If whatever you’re cooking – like meats/eggs/anything else – is sticking to the pan, it is not done yet.
“It will release when it’s done.”
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