The wok is a traditional cooking pot used in various countries in Asia. Woks are shaped like a large bowl with high sides and a rounded bottom. It is made for preparing food at high temperatures. In a wok, the rounded shape makes stirring easier, as each motion of the spoon draws ingredients in the wok partially up the sides, allowing them to fall back into the centre. The heat is concentrated in the well, but it also spreads to the sides.
An electric wok offers the round bottom that gives you the best stir-frying results, which can be problematic when cooking on an electric stove top. An electric wok heat element can be heated to varying temperatures. To use, it is simple: after plugging the wok into an electrical outlet, switch onto the desired heat, wait for it to indicate the temperature has been reached and start cooking your favorite food. If you like the ease and freshness of an Asian stir-fry, this type of saucepan is ideal.
For a good stir-fry, the trick is to cook at a high temperature quickly so that the ingredients stay crisp and fresh. The electric wok allows you to use the technique, as the name suggests, to stir as you fry so that the ingredients cook quickly and evenly. The flavour and nutrients of the ingredients are sealed, keep veggies bright and crisp. Plus the wok requires minimal oil, making stir-fries a healthier option. It's important to proper pre-heat your wok for best results. Not just for stir-fry, it's also great for braising, steaming and tempura. Turn the wok on high for 10 minutes before cooking to avoid stewing your ingredients. Some models come with a steaming rack for and or a draining rack for deep frying. Some have a removable heating base, while others are a combined unit.
Things to Keep in Mind When Buying
If you’'re thinking of using your electric frypan or wok frequently, make sure you like the way it looks as it will become part of your kitchen decor. Also make sure the model you buy has a cord long enough to reach the preferred outlet for cooking. For ease of cleaning, opt for a frypan or wok with a removable cord unit. This will allow you to submerge the pan in water for cleaning.
Nonstick cooking surfaces are a plus for easy cleanup after high heat and lots of frying, however this material generally does not withstand regular high heat cooking for longer than a couple of years. If you are looking for something more durable that can withstand high heat regularly, you may want consider going for stainless steel models. With a stainless steel model, you can use metal utensils without worrying about damaging the surface. Wood or heat resistant plastic utensils are best used on the non-stick models to avoid scratching of the surface.
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