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Old 04-12-2010, 12:54 AM   #1
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What happens if you cover the pan while frying/sauteing?

What happens if you cover the pan while frying/sauteing? I don't like having to clean up the oil that comes out of the pan and the oily residue that gets all over the kitchen. I am thinking of just covering the pan from now on, except when it is time to flip. Thanks for any feedback...


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Old 04-12-2010, 01:31 AM   #2
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When you cover the pan, the steam that normaly evaporates into the air collects on the inside of the lid, condenses, and drips back into the hot oil. This water then pops explosively. When you lift the lit, invariably, you will dislodge some of the condensed water droplet which will fall into the hot oil, again popping and splattering hot oil, possibly onto you. Granted, this will be a minor burn, but it's still painful.

I have fried with the lid on, but know what to expect, and so can guard against the burns. Also, when the lid is on, the steam will soften any crust or coating that may protude from the hot oil, giving you a soggy coating, or breading.

A better solution to the grease problem is to purchase an fine-mesh metal screen designed to fit over the pan, catch the oil droplets, and still allow the steam to escape. I have used such a device successfully for years.. Typically, they will be called "splatter screens" in the department store.

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Old 04-12-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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Another vote for a spatter screen--they are quite cheap at WalMart. Also, running your stove vent helps to pull those oil droplets out of the kitchen.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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ok tx, i'll look into splatter screen.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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I got a silicone spatter shield with a stainless steel frame and handle. It's good in the dishwasher and doesn't rust.

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