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What type of pan do you use for which cooking technique?

With the help of different cooking techniques, you prepare your favorite products into a tasteful meal. Every cooking technique comes with a suitable pan. In this article, we distinguish between the cooking techniques for baking, cooking, roasting, grilling, stir-frying, steaming, stewing, and braising. We explain to you what the cooking technique entails and which pan you need to prepare ingredients in this way.

Baking: prepare food quickly

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Baking is the best known and simplest cooking technique. For this, you use a frying pan or a high-sided skillet in which you put a little oil or butter. After that, you fry a piece of meat or fish crispy and brown. But other ingredients such as potatoes, vegetables, or an egg are also prepared by frying.

Boiling: prepare ingredients in boiling water

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By this cooking technique, we mean the preparation of ingredients in boiling water. You bring water to a boil in a cooking pot and add potatoes, rice, pasta, or vegetables. By placing the lid on the pot, the moisture stays inside of the pan. This is useful for preparing leafy vegetables, for example, because you don't have to add extra moisture. You also use less energy by cooking with a lid.

Roasting: sear and cook slowly

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When roasting fish, meat, or poultry, use a frying pan or a roasting pan. You can roast both on the cooktop and in the oven. You can use a little oil or fat, because you first sear the ingredients and then heat them for a long time on low heat until they are cooked. For example, with roasting you can make a stew, meatloaf, or chicken legs.

Grilling: characteristic grill stripes

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By grilling food, juices and vitamins are well preserved. You can sear meat, vegetables, and fish first so that moisture remains in the food. This often gives you a full and typical taste. For grilling, you mainly use a grill pan, but it's also possible on the barbecue or in the oven.

Stir-frying: stir-frying at high temperatures

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If you want to quickly put a healthy meal on the table, woks are very suitable. This is because you cook ingredients very quickly at a high temperature. Vitamins and taste are preserved in this way and you only have to add little oil. Using a wok is also called stir frying. You can mix all the ingredients together so that you can prepare a meal in a single pan in one go. You wok in a wok pan. In the deep pan with sloping, high edges you can easily mix everything together.

Steaming: cook in steaming water

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Cooking food with help of steam is very healthy. Vitamins and taste are optimally preserved because you don't have to add water or oil. And the structure of the ingredients is not affected as with cooking or baking. You can steam in a cooking pan with a steam basket or in the oven. There are also special steam pans or electric steamers.

Stew: cook slowly

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Patience is a a virtue: this certainly applies to the stewing of ingredients. With stewing, you prepare fish, meat, or vegetables in a small layer of fat or moisture, over low heat and with the lid on the pan. For example, a beef bourguignon is made by stewing. You can use a frying pan for this, which you can place on the stove or in the oven.

Braising: combination of baking and stewing

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You can cook vegetables and braise them by allowing them to stew in their own moisture. You use a tajine for this. This cone-shaped pan ensures that moisture released by the heat drips back onto the vegetables. If you want to braise fish or meat, first fry it in a frying pan or frying pan. Braising is also possible in the oven. Then you moisturize the ingredients manually.


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