Cooking with Electric Skillets and Woks
Have You Tried Electric Skillets or Woks?
Why would you want to cook in an electric skillet or, for that matter, an electric wok? Because both of them provide you with counter-top convenience, and a wok can cook food very quickly in the classic stir-fry manner so often used in Chinese and other cuisine.
Electric skillets and woks are among the best kitchen appliances to have for outdoor cooking and events. With them you can quickly cook up great dishes and keep them warm for the family reunion or holiday party. Featured below are the some of most popular ones available now to keep your food warm and hot.
Of course, they are handy all year round, with multiple uses in your kitchen. If you live (as we do) in an area where dry summers mean outdoor fires are a bit risky, they are a good way to cook in your yard or on your patio, with your guests!
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Presto 5900 1500-Watt Stainless-Steel Electric Wok - I Like It Partly Because I Prefer Stainless over Non-Stick
This is one of the top sellers among all in this category. It is made of stainless steel, so no worries about any chemicals in a coating, or about the surface becoming scratched up. And it heats up very quickly.
With temperature control, you can adjust it to suit your way of cooking and the particular recipe.
If you have cooked on a gas stove with a plain wok resting on its burner, you may have had the problem that your stove could not deliver enough heat to really cook food in a traditional stir-fry maner. So your dinner may have come out rather mushy. With this wok, you may be surprised at how crisp and delicious your same recipes turn out!
I really like durability in whatever I buy, and this looks like a winner.
Besides selling well, this wok is great for cooking in!
It is made of stainless steel, with the base (not next to the food) aluminum clad which helps with the heating.
The heating element is a powerful 1500 watts so it heats up fast.
Loop handles on the side
The cover is tempered glass, so you can see through it, with the rim and handle made of stainless steel.
Dimensions 17" x 14" x10"
Comes with a wooden spatula with a long handle.
Breville EW30XL Electric Gourmet Wok - Buy a Top Rated Electric Wok
This one comes with a great instruction booklet to inspire you. It has a non-stick coating, of a new kind that seems to do better than older ones.
It has hundreds of reviews with an extremely high average ranking. This only happens with an outstanding product.
It's got space for a huge batch of garden veggies. When you are done, put most of it in the dishwasher. (Just not the temperature probe or power cord.)
Has a heavy glass lid, which contains a steam vent has has a rim of stainless steel
The non-stick surface is made of something called quantanium
14 heat settings and an option for high temperature searing
Hot Wok, Cold Oil...
Heat your electric wok for at least 30 seconds, until a few drops of water thrown in will sizzle.
Then add your oil, and swirl it part way up the wok before adding food.
Want a Cookbook with that Wok? - Methods of Using a Wok Aren't Hard to Learn
Grace Young wrote this, her third cookbook, to help the rest of us feel at ease in stir-frying. She talks about its health benefits and tells stories besides having a great collection of recipes.
The author of this one is the Chinese cooking writer at About.com. It covers theory of stir-frying and includes recipes from several parts of the world.
It's available as paperback and Kindle, but some readers were unhappy with the formatting of the Kindle version. Of course, this could have improved by the time you read this.
Two More Top Rated Electric Woks - Both Have Numerous Enthusiastic Customer Comments
Handle described as cool to touch.
Includes a steaming try.
Why Use an Electric Wok?
If you like to stir-fry, or want to learn how, the electric woks have the considerable advantage that they heat up fast and typically go to higher temperatures than a wok or frying pan on your stovetop.
And this is a key element in successful stir frying!
Three Popular Stir-Fry Accessories from Joyce Chen
A Popular Electric Skillet - Buy one of the best Electric Skillets there is!
This is an electric skillet made by Cuisinart. I have loved everything of theirs that I have owned.
This is a nonstick surface that is ceramic based, but you still have to be a bit careful about scratching it.
Why Use an Electric Skillet?
It heats evenly...
You can keep it at a steady temperature, even use many models as chafing dishes...
Fabulous for pancakes, fried eggs, large batches of food.
Some people use these instead of ovens for a lot of cooking projects, and thus keep their kitchens cooler.
Most Highly Rated Electric Skillets on Amazon - According to customer rankings, when I was there
Cook outside with it.
A lid that has a vent can be handy, for example, if you are doing a roast in the skillet.
If you get one with a no-stick surface, be willing to get rid of it if/when the surface starts flaking off.
Electric Skillets on eBay - You Can Bid on These...
Check the times, you may have to hurry on some of them.
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These are not tiny kitchen items. If you have one or more, where do you keep them? They have to be pretty accessible or it will be a case of out of sight, out of mind!