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How do I Choose the Best Electric Pan?

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  • Written By: K. Gierok
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 06 August 2017
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As the name suggests, electric pans are those that can be plugged into an electric outlet for use in preparing meals. In order to select the best electric pan, it first is important to determine how many people will be cooked for using the pan on a regular basis in order to choose the proper size. In addition, be sure to consider what types of meals it will be used to create. Finally, set a budget in order to find the best electric pan for you.

One of the most important first steps in choosing the best electric pan is to determine what size pan will be most appropriate. Typically, electric pans come in a range of sizes, with prices that increase as the size of the pan increases. For best results, determine how many people will typically be eating meals that have been prepared in the electric pan. Once this determination has been made, read the labels of electric pans that are being considered carefully. Typically, they will be labeled with information regarding the number of servings that can be safely made in the pan.

Next, evaluate the cooking style that will be used with the electric pan and what types of meals it will be used to prepare. Soups, stews, and sauces that typically require longer cooking times or low heat will turn out best when prepared in electric pans with a glass lid that allows the cook to view the contents of the pan without removing the cover and releasing heat. In contrast, foods that are prepared in a manner of minutes will fare fine with a plastic lid. Additionally, if you are preparing meals that may leave a large amount of residue, look for electric pans that are made from stainless steel, as these typically provide the greatest ease in cleaning.

Setting a price range for the electric pan also can help you choose. This is often one of the most difficult parts of purchasing an electric pan, but it is also one of the most important, as pans often increase in price as the size increases. In addition, pans that provide the best heat distribution and heat retention are also the most expensive. Try to keep an open mind when purchasing an electric pan. While it may be easy simply to choose the most inexpensive product, it is not always the best choice. In fact, more expensive pans may not only provide better cooking results, but may actually last much longer than other products that are more cheaply made.

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