As previously explained here, for best use a Lotus Rock pan should be pre-heated at a low-medium temperature. This way the pan will build up heat within its highly dense structure more gradually and evenly than if it is heated on a high flame immediately. Similar to cast iron, when a Lotus Rock pan has a lot of heat stored in it, the pan will brown, saute, grill, and stir fry food much better than if the food is added when the pan is still cold.
High protein content food, such as steaks, stick during cooking when the sulfur atoms in the protein react with the metal atoms in the pan, forming a strong chemical bond and fusing the meat to the skillet. Once the pan becomes hot enough, the link between the protein and the metal will loosen, and the bond will eventually break.
A Lotus Rock pan is ideal for searing highly stick-prone food, such as a steak, because it can be pre-heated to a high temperature without damaging the pan’s non-stick performance or pan’s construction. Most general non-stick cookware is organic-bonded and so can easily break under a high temperature. If a non-stick coating is continually over-heated then it will either quickly start to degrade (such as peeling off or blistering), or if it contains PTFE for its non-stick release, a hazardous chemical smoke may appear which has been proven to be fatal to birds.
. 1. Would you please provide step by step instructions on how to best cook scrambled eggs with this pan? I recently bought this pan from Marshall’s and after 3 weeks the eggs are now sticking to the bottom.
After reading several science-based essays on your website, my conclusion seems to be that I’ve been cooking on too high of a heat and adding butter as the oil too early.
2. I also am wondering if I need to rejuvenate the pan?
3. I would really like to cook scrambled eggs in butter. If this is not the pan for that type of thing, would you please let me know? It seems like this pan is best for high heat sautéing and meat searing.
4. Can you please clarify: When using the pan for “high heat” sautéing, you mean that when the stove is on low to medium heat – the pan will turn into a high heat cooking environment? Yes?
. Dear Nancy, thanks so much for your detailed feedback and questions.
1. Regarding the best way to cook scrambled eggs, there are many ways to do this. Many professional chefs do use carbon steel skillets for dishes such as scrambled eggs because it saves them a lot of time while they are working in a busy kitchen. For some information about how to cook some eggs on a Lotus Rock pan please read here.
2. You could do this for now. However, in order to better maintain the non-stick after each use you could also do the following “Hand wash in hot soapy water with a scouring pad. Put the pan on a medium heat setting and wait for all the moisture to evaporate. Once the pan is completely dry apply oil evenly around the interior surface.”
3. This pan is most suitable for high heat cooking, however (as mentioned above) some more delicate dishes such as scrambled eggs can still be done if cooked in a certain way.
4. Yes, a Lotus Rock pan is best for high heat cooking when a low-medium setting is used and the pan is pre-heated to the right temperature.