In 1983, with doctors unable to cure me, I studied the human body and diet. Since then, food as medicine has been a strong interest.
Stainless Steel Skillet for Lazy People Like Me
I don't like cooking. I also don't want to eat processed food, so I have to prepare my own food. This means I've had to come up with a way of cooking that is fast, healthy, easy, and doesn't have a lot of washing up afterwards. It would also help if the food tasted nice, and if my electricity or gas bill could be kept down.
During the last 25 years, I have used this time saving cookware - an 18/10 stainless steel electrical skillet (frying pan).
My method is simple. Get home, take whole chicken from fridge, rinse, put in pan, add two cups of peas and three small potatoes, a tablespoon of water, salt, a touch of curry to taste, put on lid, social network for 45 minutes,go to kitchen, switch off pan, serve myself and my daughter. There's also another meal left over for the next day.
So I put that in a container and I rinse the pan which takes less than a minute.
And I'm done.
Energy Saving - So Saves Money
There are several reasons that I prefer this cooking vessel to others. I've already explained that I like to do as little as possible when it comes to cooking. I think I'll just list why I like it so much.
Inexpensive to run - energy saving
It's highly cost effective as it uses very little electricity to cook. This is very different to a stove which uses up the most energy in the house. My electricity bill dropped by half when I stopped using the stove. Be aware, though, that I don't use a lot of energy in my life and my electricity bill is about 10% of what people in the States use. I don't run air conditioning, have a TV, etc. So the stove was using up most of my electricity.
The savings in electricity are more than made up by the cost of this kitchen cooker!
1. Priced between $80 and $160
2. 18/10 Stainless Steel
3. Plastic or heat resistant handles
4. A guarantee.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Frying Pan
Electric frying pans are fast
Electric frying pans use less energy
Electric frying pans can cook food in one easy pot
Stainless steel means easy to clean
Stainless steel means heat is retained
Stainless steel makes food tastier!
Electric Skillet is Versatile and Easy to Clean
It can grill a sizzling steak, simmer a beautiful stew, bake a potato to perfection, steam veggies tastily, and I've even baked some bread or quiche in it. It's versatility means I only have to have one pot in the house. I like that because I'm very definitely into minimalism.
Easy to clean
I've never figured out why, but this pan does not burn food. I think it's because it's sealed off once you put the lid on so any liquid inside it doesn't escape. That said, 18/10 stainless steel is easy to keep clean, not only because it doesn't burn food and have black crust on its bottom, but because food comes easily off the smooth shiny stainless steel.
The only negative about any stainless steel cookware is cooking an egg. Here's how to do it.
Healthy Cooking as as No Fats Necessary and Very Little Liquid
Healthy Cooking - no additional fats and no loss of nutrients
The more water and fat you cook your food in, the less healthy your food. Nutrients are lost in water and fat adds to the caloric content. Food does not stick to stainless cookware so it doesn't need fat. The way to cook a steak is to heat the pan to a very high temperature, then put in the steak, let it sizzle, flip it to the other side to seal off the juices, then lower the temperature on the appliances, and let it cook for a few minutes. That's it. Delicious!
Also, when cooking three or four items in one pan, the flavours intermingle as well as the nutrients. Liquid from the water in veggies seeps out but creeps into a starch like rice or potatoes when using one pot cooking. Incidentally, that's why soup is so healthy - because none of the nutrients are lost.
Healthy Cooking - cooking at a lower heat
The higher the temperature when cooking, the greater the damage to food. And, of course, all All heated fats become transfats at a certain temperature. Transfats are carcinogens.
Please Don't Buy Teflon Coated Products
All Teflon comes off in your food when the pan is too hot or over a period of time. Eco Watch has said that the chemical that is used for non-stick pans has infiltrated our water supplies and that it is found in animals and human beings. It is really dangerous. Please don't use it.
And when Do Pont is sued because Telfon (the non stick pot you are using) causes cancer, then you know it's definitely time to change to a stainless steel frying pan. And if you're not happy with that, rather use an enamel coated one.
How to use 18/10 stainless steel cookware
I was first introduced to 18/10 stainless steel cookware a lifetime ago. It has specific attributes that other cookware does not have. Firstly, it retains heat very efficiently, so once the pot or pan has been heated to the required temperature, you can turn down the heat as the pot will continue cooking at the required temperature. That's because it doesn't lose heat. Of course, it depends on how long you want to cook it for. It's not going to last two hours, but it will certainly retain heat for fifteen or twenty minutes. When cooking rice, I wait until the water is boiling and then switch it off. The rice continues to cook until it is ready.
Should you burn something in it, the way to clean it is to heat it up to the highest temperature and the food or burn just comes off. Be careful not to touch it while hot. Also, you can just sprinkle with Bicarbonate of soda paste and leave it overnight. The burn will lift off easily in the morning.
Learn to cook at much lower temperatures than you would normally use for other cookware.
© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger
Marinam on April 26, 2015:
I agree with you about getting those kind of healthier pans.