Over the years, cooking pans have evolved from versatile frying pans to stovetop grill pans and finally to skillets. Cooking pots and pans with a leveled designed that evolved into a skillet first became popular in the late 19th century.
Today, skillets with non-stick surfaces and lids with vents are used in the home for frying and cooking. Culinarians and foodies do not have to worry about electric skillet wattage because electric skillets come with temperature control which makes them easy to use.
An electric skillet, true to its name, is plugged into an electrical outlet to be heated and used, rather than placed on a stove top like the average frying pan. Most electric skillets are made of aluminum with non-stick coatings, though some are made of stainless steel.
They also come with a “keep warm” function used to reduce temperature without affecting the electric skillet wattage.
If you have kids in the house, please be careful when using an electric skillet. Any area where you plan to use it should be off limits to kids. Keep the skillet far back from their eyes, reach and make sure it’s not plugged. Hands can accidentally pull it down from the counter or yank the controls of the electric skillet wattage.
A safer way is to cook with the skillet near the stove or just close to the stove, but not on the stove top.
An Electric skillet wattage is rated between 1000-1600W. It cycles on and off every few minutes when set to the lower temperature settings, unlike a rice cooker which consumes 700W.
Why You Should Get an Electric Skillet
Due to electric skillet wattage, your skillet can give you a larger and more consistently evenly heated frying surface.
Handles Oil: Most frying pans have low sloped sides which is what most of us have. A French skillet or electric skillet is slightly taller with straighter sides, making it more useful for oil frying chicken, larger quantities of food, or anything with a liquid sauce reduction.
On most cooking shows on TV, you’ll notice that skillets also allow you to check the temperature of the oil being used before putting the food in. I’ve seen this once and I thought, “Oh, well that’s useful.” The electric skillet wattage helps hold a steady temperature better than a pan on a stove.
They are easy to clean too. Simply place an electric skillet in your dishwasher and come back later for it if you’re the busy or lazy type. Just don’t forget to unplug it before placing it into a dishwasher. No, placing it in a dishwasher will not affect your electric skillet wattage. Most electric skillets are dishwasher safe. Most of them have non-stick surfaces, which explain why they are easy to wash.
Skillets are very good for frying anything at all, and for cooking pancakes and other grilled foods.
Using Electric Skillets Outside Your Home
If you’re going out on a picnic or road trip, do not plug in your electric skillet to the vehicle. I know you’d like to make a few stops with your coffee machine and electric skillet but they will run down your car’s main battery. Most electric skillets draw at least 1000 watts, which is not even the electric skillet’s own wattage capacity.
You’ll need a large inverter, trust me. Based on use, it’ll work but will be hard on your regular battery as a large amount of discharge will occur.
In fact, if you are not careful, you may not be able to start your car after using such appliances, probably in the middle of nowhere.
If you’re thinking of stopping and want a meal, use a gas camp stove to cook your food and make coffee. If it’s really sunny out there you could use a solar oven to cook or any other cooker that depends on sunlight.
Do not use metal stirring or serving utensils. This does not affect the temperature or electric skillet wattage but these will scratch the coating of your electric skillet. If, however, your coating begins to flake, then it’s time to get a new skillet.