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Mastering the Vermicular Frying Pan

Frying Pan Essential Guide

Many of us are all too familiar with the two sides of being a home chef: cooking and cleaning. Fortunately, the Vermicular Frying Pan was created to improve upon them both. The pan’s enamel coating delivers exceptional cooking performance and creates a stress-free cleaning experience. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your Vermicular Frying Pan.

Cooking Guide

Preheating is essential, but it is quick with our pan.
Always thoroughly preheat the pan over medium-high heat allowing smoke to rise from the entire surface of the pan. This will help prevent the ingredients from sticking to the pan. Typically, cast iron skillets of the same size take 4 to 5 minutes to preheat. The Vermicular Frying Pan only takes about 90 seconds.

Preheating steps:
1. First, turn the heat to medium-high and let the pan warm up for 30 seconds.
2. Add oil and swirl around to coat. Wait for 60 seconds.
3. Allow smoke to rise from the entire surface of the pan. Now the pan is preheated and ready to cook!

Note:
- Adequate preheating is achieved by allowing smoke to rise from the entire surface of the pan. It is important not to rush this step.

Tips to prevent food from sticking to the pan

Tip 1. For ingredients that tend to stick, turn off heat after preheating the pan.
When cooking ingredients that tend to stick to the pan like eggs, make sure to thoroughly preheat first. Then turn off the heat and let the smoke clear. Add ingredients into the pan while the heat is turned off. By turning off the flame, the heat will be further equalized across the pan surface. This is what will prevent the ingredients from sticking.

Tip 2. Make sure to use the appropriate heat level.
First and foremost, you don’t need to use high heat for the Vermicular Frying Pan due to its exceptional heat efficiency. Understanding the proper heat level is one of the keys to prevent food from sticking.

Tip 3. Use the right amount of oil for ingredients.
In most cases, adequate preheating and using the appropriate heat level will solve food-sticking problems. However, if food is still sticking, it could be due to an inadequate amount of oil in the pan. The necessary amount of oil varies recipe by recipe, but generally, when cooking ingredients that tend to stick—such as eggs, flour or fish—make sure to use enough oil to avoid food from sticking to the pan.


Where to begin?
The simplest way to master the Vermicular Frying Pan is to cook Eggs Sunny-Side-Up introduced in our tutorial video below. Go ahead and give it a try!

Cleaning Guide

The Vermicular Frying Pan’s enamel coating easily releases food, making cleaning a breeze. Most stuck food comes right off the pan by simply washing with mild soap and a soft sponge. However, if your pan has stubbornly stuck food or stains, we have some practical cleaning advice to help you enjoy cooking with it for a long time.


The Basics
There's no need to wait for the pan to cool when finished cooking. You can wash it with some dish soap and a soft sponge. To avoid damaging the enamel, do not use abrasive cleaning agents and scrubbing pads (metal brushes, scouring pads, etc.) when cleaning the pan. If you're not washing the pan right away, soak it in water to help with the cleaning later. However, do not soak the wood handle in water as the handle may warp if soaked for an extended period of time. After washing, wipe off wet spots with a dry cloth immediately.

FAQ for cleaning the pan

Q. How do I remove burnt food?
If the pan requires further cleaning to remove stuck or burnt-on food after following the basic cleaning method above, try these steps:

1. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the burnt area and bring to a boil.
2. Once cooled, gently scrub with mild dish soap and a soft sponge to clean.

Notes:
- Please do not scrub with force or with abrasive cleaners to avoid damaging the enamel coating.
- Bar Keepers Friend product (liquid or foam type) is also recommended for cleaning.

Q. How do I remove stubborn built-up food stains or oil stains?
If the pan has stubborn built-up stains or oil stains, try the following Boiling Method:

Boiling Method:
1. Fill the pan with 2 cups of water.
2. Add a tablespoon each of baking soda, vinegar, and mild dish soap.
3. Boil for 15 minutes on medium heat while occasionally scraping with a wooden spatula.
4. Cool it down and use a soft sponge to scrub.

Note:
- Oil stains can build up over time, but they will not affect the cooking performance.

If the above Boiling Method does not fully remove the stains, try the following Paste Method:

Paste Method:
1. Add a tablespoon each of baking soda, vinegar, and mild dish soap to the pan and mix well to make a paste.
2. Take a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a small ball. Scrub the pan for a few minutes or until the stains are removed.
3. Finish by gently scrubbing with mild dish soap and a soft sponge to clean.

Notes:
- Plastic wrap is effective for scrubbing off oil stains as paste does not get absorbed and therefore allows the paste to be in direct contact with the stains. Plastic wrap also prevents the enamel coating from getting scratched.
- Make sure to use rubber gloves to protect your hands for Paste Method.

Q. How do I remove white spots?
White spots are oftentimes caused by the starch from beans or mineral deposits from water. If the pan has white spots, follow these steps:

1. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the white spots.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
3. Boil for 10 minutes on medium heat.
4. Once cooled, gently scrub with mild dish soap and a soft sponge.

Check out our cleaning guide video below: