“How To” The Importance Of A Hot Pan


Preheat you pan, folks!

Aside from using good quality salt, and enough of it, cooking with a hot pan is the next tip I would give to a beginner cook. Today, I provide an array of ways to know that your pan is hot enough. Here they are:

  1. Use an infrared thermometer to know exactly how hot the pan is. This is for the rule followers, geeks and engineers out there.
  2. Look for oil that flows like water. This is for the cooks out there.
  3. Listen to your food when it hits the pan. This is the only one where you add your food to the pan before you know for sure that it is hot.
  4. Watch for a light smoky haze to form, which lets you know that you are approaching the smoke point and that your pan is ready for cooking!

Watch the video to see how I demonstrate the above. This is a tip that you can employ immediately and, if you’ve seen this video, you have no excuse! Don’t let me catch you cooking with a warm pan. Ever! Got it? Good!

That’s what I’ve got for you today. I just returned from Nicaragua and I’m working on getting back to the grind. I’ve been refreshed and revived and I’m ready to continue forging forward in a positive direction.

I hope that you all have a great week and that you preheat your pans from this point forward!

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

On my way from Managua to San Juan Del Sur, learning from Jacques. He cooks with a hot pan, I can ensure you that! Photo by: Anderson York

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