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What do I need to know about cooking with my Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
This article is the third in a short, informational series about Pampered Chef Rockcroks. Be sure to also check out the other Rockcrok articles:
- What Are The Basics I Should Know About Pampered Chef Rockcroks?
- How Do I Get Started Using My New Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- What are some different uses for my Pampered Chef RockCroks?
- What Do I Need To Know About Storing Food In My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- How Do I Clean My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
Right on! Now that you’ve learned a bit about how RockCroks are made, and what you can do with them right out of the box, it’s time to have some fun! What could possibly be more fun than cooking or baking on something new? (Don’t answer that… I know there are more fun things… a beach vacation to Bora Bora springs to mind, but right now, we’re talking RockCroks, m’kay?)
Is cooking with RockCrok similar to cooking with traditional metal cookware?
In so many words, not really. There is a little learning curve to cooking & baking with a RockCrok. That said, once you’ve got the basics down, I think you’ll find that you’re going to love working with your RockCrok. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
The pan must be preheated properly. It is a natural tendency for people to want to “crank up the heat” when preheating the pan. Preheating a RockCrok gradually is really important. Preheat for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat (keep in mind, your preheating range is dependent on your stovetop; 3 minutes is best for gas stovetop, it could take up to 5 minutes for an electric stove). After preheating, you can gradually increase the heat up to medium-high heat as needed for browning foods. Because the RockCrok is so fantastic with even heat retention, I wouldn’t recommend using high heat. It’s not going to hurt your pan, but it’s totally unnecessary to get the results you’re after while cooking.
2. Pan coverage when cooking on the stovetop
Keep the interior bottom cooking surface covered with food or liquid to avoid dry spots. Dry spots could occur during stovetop cooking only. These are areas on the interior cooking surface that are not covered with food or liquid and get hot from stovetop cooking. If areas of the bottom of the pan remain dry for extended periods, it may damage the glaze and void the guarantee. If you notice some dry spots, follow these tips:
- Add some more liquid like oil or stock.
- When browning meats or vegetables, add oil in between each batch.
- Stir and move foods around to keep the vessel bottom surfaces covered with moisture or food.
3. Excellent heat retention
- Because the pan holds in heat well, the handles can get really hot on the stovetop. Always wear protective oven mitts or pads when holding or moving the pan.
- Continue to adjust heat as needed on your stovetop. Once the pan gets hot, it will stay hot, so it may be necessary to lower the heat.
- An added bonus is that the excellent heat retention means your meals stay warm much longer.
4. More cooking options and less clean up
Because Rockcrok can be used on any heat source, there is no need to transfer foods to another pan to finish in the oven, microwave or under the broiler. Also, when you’re done, it can go right in the dishwasher, but I’ll cover more about that in another post.
A few things to keep in mind
- Nonstick sprays in your RockCrok are a big no-no. They can create an invisible buildup, which is difficult to clean and will affect the ease of releasing your food. Use of nonstick sprays will, unfortunately, void the guarantee.
- The glaze is not nonstick. That said, foods do release very easily. When I bake cakes in my Everyday Pan, I do butter the inside of it, but I would do that with any pan.
- Metal utensils are not to be used. While not something that happens often, they could cause chipping or damage to the glaze, and that will void the guarantee. I have no issues using my silicone or wooden utensils with my RockCroks.
So now that you’ve got the basics of cooking with your new RockCrok down, let’s take a look at different RockCroks and the different things you’ll want to make in them!
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