Month: April 2021

Should You Cook Burgers in Oil or Butter?

Pan-frying burgers

Whether you’re making burgers on the outside grill or searing them on your stove with a skillet, it’s important to know how to cook it.

When I talk about burgers with friends and readers who are beginners in cooking, one of the questions that come up the most is, “Should you cook burgers in oil or butter?”

In this post, I’m going to give you my take on the topic. Butter may seem like a good choice, but cooking correctly with it is a bit tricker than most people think.

Should Burgers Be Cooked From Frozen?

Pan-frying burgers

I’m guessing that most home cooks know how to cook a burger. But if you’re here, you’ve probably never cooked one from frozen before—and are wondering if doing so is a good idea in the first place.

Though some people will try hard to convince you otherwise, cooking frozen burgers doesn’t have to be a hit or a miss. In this post, I’ll share how to do it and what pitfalls to avoid so that your patties come out evenly cooked and perfectly juicy.

Can You Use Olive Oil to Cook Burgers?

Burgers cooking in a frying pan

Sooner or later, every home cook learns how to cook a burger on their stove. Simply grease your pan with whatever cooking oil you have in your pantry, preheat it for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat, and get that burger sizzling, right?

For most of you, that oil in your pantry is probably going to be olive oil. After all, almost every recipe calls for it and it’s by far the most prevalent product of its kind on the shelves in the grocery store.

In this post, I’m going to tell you why cooking burgers with olive oil isn’t really a good idea—and which of its substitutes you should be eyeing instead.

How to Clean White Stains Off Your Induction Cooktop

How to Clean White Stains Off Your Induction Cooktop

If you are like me, then your induction cooktop is as much a part of your home’s decor as it is an appliance in your kitchen. Yet the unfortunate fact is that, no matter how careful you are with the surface, it will sooner or later get dirty.

At least this has been my experience owning an induction cooktop for four-five months by the time I wrote this post. For the majority of that time, I managed to keep it spotless. Until today, when I came across a few surprisingly stubborn white spots.

How to Keep Salmon From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

How to Keep Salmon From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

“How can I keep salmon from sticking to my stainless steel frying pan?” This is a question I get asked every now and then, and it’s an easy answer!

If you don’t have a non-stick pan at home or you want better browning on your food than what Teflon or ceramic pans can give you, stainless steel is one of your options out there.

The problem is that salmon—and fish in general—is one of those high in protein, low in fat foods that stick way too easily to cookware made of stainless steel. Unless you’re using the proper technique, it can be hard to not have it stick all over your pan and break down into pieces.