The electric skillet is a kitchen appliance that is designed to meet the standards and needs of the present day cook or person who has less time to cook food and prefers well-cooked quality food with the help of a device. The pan has a plug which is connected to a power outlet rather than be placed on a stove top as is the case in kitchen stove cooking.
The electric skillet is a first in its application of technology in the kitchen, with its unique features and characteristics. It is a first, in that it has made cooking fun and something that can be done entirely by a machine, after setting the right heating controls and the time it should take. It uses only electricity as the source of power, unlike other appliances, such as the stove top that may use either gas or electricity.
The skillet comes with different specializations, functions and more options in the kitchen. It has a heating surface that is coated and is non-stick. The coating ensures even distributing of heat hence the food is well-cooked. The non-stick surface prevents scorching of food and makes cleaning easy. The coating may be made of different materials.
Some are made of aluminum, cast iron or stainless steel. The Teflon coated surface may be harmful, as according to research it can emit toxic fumes during cooking. Stainless steel ones are preferred by people for their high quality and strong skillets. They are more expensive than the rest. In the skillet, the heating surface may be provided something that is not common in stove tops.
The electric skillet is a space-saver generally but the space is determined by the size of the skillet. Large sized skillets take up a lot of space and may require a considerable large space for storage and convenient use. The size of the skillet also determines the amount of food that a skillet pan can carry during heating.
When people shop for skillets, they chose the right size as per their cooking habits and number of people that will be eating the cooked meat at a given time. Storage space is also a factor that influences their choice of size of the electric skillet. Shapes might also be something that buyers look into because the skillet is available in rectangular, square and round shapes.
The skillet may feature a dishwasher safe ability for washing plates when the heating is not in process. One is able to wash used kitchen utensils by just a simple plug into the socket. These are an energy-saving function and it is an economical strategy in the kitchen.
Some skillets may also have a warming tray. By the availability of the “keep warm” function you have the option of warming your meal while cooking. You can also store your delicious meal before it is time to eat. Some of the skillets may be used as an extension of the stove hence it is versatile and useful while it stills remains a special appliance.
One of the most advantageous features of the skillet that makes it unique and a first appliance in the kitchen, is the temperature control and timer that it has. The timer is always set according the preset time for cooking. The timer signals the end of the cooking after the desired heating level is reached.
You set the time during heating as per the timing that is intended for the food in a recipe. This timing has revolutionized cooking because with this function, your food will neither be over-cooked or under-cooked as long as you set the appropriate time for the meal.
Other kitchen appliances may have the time control but it may not be incorporated in the cooking of all meals; for example, the time controls in some kitchen stoves are only useful when using the oven. In some skillets, there is a notification light that signals the end of cooking as a result of the maximum heating levels. It may also be an audible alarm that signals this.
With this feature, the cooking stops automatically hence the food cannot be burned or over-cooked. This option has abolished the idea of babysitting the meal that one must stay to assess the cooking process.
The temperature control of the skillet shows the temperature gauge during cooking. It enables you to set the desired temperature and heating level during cooking of food. You are able to set the lowest and the highest level of heating that is appropriate for the meal. All foods being cooked have different levels of eating.
Deep-frying; for example, chicken drums may require high degrees of up to 450 degrees. This is also a factor one must consider when choosing a skillet. The skillet must be able to reach the heating levels of your cooking based on your cooking habits. After setting the desired temperature, the device will stop without any intervention when the preset heating level is reached.
This prevents having food that is raw or over cooked as a result of overheating. It only depends on you to input the right temperature settings for the specific dish according to the heating standards that are required for the food to be well cooked for consumption. This option has erased the logic that one has to watch the food during heating and apply the right factors to be successful.
The setting of the temperature must be accurate to avoid mishaps during cooking. When the correct level of heating is input then the cooking achieves its desired state. In this case, there are no over-cooking or raw cooked meals. One must refer to the recipe for the temperature settings for a meal.
For example, bacon requires 275 degrees to cook while pancakes require heating up to 390 degrees in order to be fully cooked. The skillet may have a notification light or alarm to signal the end of cooking. When the temperature guide is adhered to then one can never go wrong when using a skillet.