What’s the one cooking utensil you couldn’t live without? If you asked us, we’d probably have to say it’s our frying pans. After all, we wouldn’t be able to create the best tasting pancakes in the state of Connecticut without them! But they won’t last very long if you’re making these common mistakes:
- Cooking on HIGH Heat: if you’re using a non-stick frying pan, blasting them with the highest heat setting is doing them no good. Not only can excessively high heat burn your food, it can warp the pan itself or cause the teflon coating to crack. Trust us when we tell you the medium or medium-high setting is more than enough to get the job done.
- Using Metal Utensils: do you use metal spatulas, spoons or knives to flip, turn or cut your food inside the pan? Stop it immediately! Metal can easily scratch the surface and as soon as you scratch it, it all goes downhill. Stick with plastic and you’ll be just fine.
- Aggressive Cleaning: find yourself using abrasive cleaning pads or scourers? If so, you’re scrubbing away the protective coating of the pan and you can ruin the hot spot in the middle. Stick to warm soapy water and a soft sponge and then wipe it dry with a kitchen towel.
- Putting It In The Dishwasher: lazy? Just throw the pan in the dishwasher, right? Wrong. Even if you use a mild detergent in there, the heating element that kicks on during the drying stage can severely ruin the pan. Stick to washing by hand if you want your frying pan to last.
Chip’s Family Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to customers in Fairfield, Orange, Southbury, Trumbull and Wethersfield, Connecticut. Breakfast is served all day, and customers can even place an order online for pickup. For more information about locations and menu items, please click on the tabs above.