Friday, July 13, 2007

Choosing A Good Wok

Cooking with a wok gives a few advantages because of its rounded shape: food is heated evenly and thereby decreases cooking time and only a small amount of oil is needed compared to a skillet. The result is healthier food, retaining vitamins and less fat. The one handled wok is ideal for stir-frying and the 13" size is a good all-purpose size.

Buying a good wok for yourself or as a gift is a great idea as it will last a lifetime and the cost is minimul. The bowl shaped ancient design is perfect for stir frying, poaching, boiling, deep frying and steaming. The high sides make it easy to toss ingredients without spilling and less oil is needed compared to a flat skillet. Set on a wok ring to maintain stability if you are cooking on a glass top or electric stove, This size wok will heat up well on either a electric or gas stove.

Before use a wok should always be seasoned.
To Season a Wok

  1. Wash with soapy water.

  2. Dry over medium heat on the stove.

  3. Add 1-2 tblsp cooking oil adn rotate to spread evenly. Leave on the heat for 5 minutes.

  4. Turn off heat. Cool.

  5. When cool wipe excess oil.

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