Hey all, I need your help. No matter what I do, I seem to use the wrong pan for the wrong dish. Can you all tell me what kind of pan I should be using for what dish?
For example, yesterday I tried making bacon in a Le Creuset enameled cast iron skillet. It was a disaster; the bacon stuck to the pan and ended up in pieces when I tried to remove it from the pan.
The other day, I tried making a stir fry in a stainless steel All Clad work; another disaster: the bottom of the wok burned my ingredients, they got stuck (even though I used lots of oil) and the work had to be soaked and sprayed with Easy Off for days for the black stuff to come off.
Last week I tried to sear a flank steak; used a stainless steel saute pan (Cuisinart). It had a spice rub. The spices on the steak burned so bad I am surprised I didn't have to call the fire dept. from all the smoke. The steak did not really sear. It was more like burned spices, and undercooked steak.
I am trying not to rely on nonstick pans, but it seems like every time I try to use something OTHER THAN nonstick (stainless steel or cast iron), the results TOTALLY SUCK.
So what would you use if you are cooking:
searing a steak or pork chops or chicken breasts