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Pressing ingredients against a hot pan

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Pressing ingredients against a hot pan

ennuisans | Jan 15, 2014 12:07 PM

This is something I've recognized more and more when watching chefs in cooking contest shows, but almost never see during more cooking instruction shows: putting a steak or piece of fish, etc., into the pan and pressing it down with the fingertips.

I'm assuming it's to get an even sear, but is there something more at work here? It's just strange to me that it's never mentioned.

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