The Maillard Reaction
Once it reaches temperatures about 140 degrees C, the carbon steel frying pan seals the food on the surface, resulting in the caramelization of the natural juices - The Maillard Reaction. A crust forms, preventing moisture from evaporating. The food becomes brown and crusty on the surface, tender and soft in the middle. Perfect for frying meat and obtaining crispy crepes or tasty omelettes!
Before first use:
Clean the frying pan with very hot water. For MINERAL B ELEMENT finished with beeswax, rub the entire pan well to remove the excess of wax. Then will remain a very thin cover of wax which allows a better seasoning. Then carefully wipe the pan with absorbent paper.
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Seasoning: preparing your frying pan
Pour about one millimeter of oil - just to cover the bottom of the pan- and heat it until smoke appears. Next, throw away carefully the oil in the pan and wipe your pan with paper towels. The more the pan is used, the better the performance. The darker it becomes the better it is for natural nonstick properties.
Heat a small amount of fat in the frying pan, and once the pan is good and hot, seal the food about 45 seconds on each side before reducing the heat to complete cooking. Do not leave the meals in the pan after cooking.
Cleaning after use:
1)Wash the frying pan with very hot water and a sponge. Wipe dry.
2) Purify the pan from time to time: heat up cooking salt over a fast heat during 1 minute 30 and wipe with a kitchen paper. The salt helps to suppress the residues and the odours from previous cookings.
3)Oil with a paper towel and put away in a dry place
Do not leave your pan to soak. If food sticks to the pan use a green sponge. Never put in a dishwasher. The pan may rust if these use conditions aren't respected: just scrub the pan with a hard brush to remove the rust. The cooking of acid foods - tomatoes, white wine, lemon...may alter seasoning (the appearance of white stains) - if this occurs, the pan should be seasoned again. If traces of beeswax appear on your hob when using MINERAL B ELEMENT remove them with absorbent paper when the hob is hot.