You need to up your home cooking game. Buy a wok.
The design and tough build of these cooking utensils distribute heat evenly.
Imagine your favorite stir fry dish.
Make sure no piece is undercooked.
All vegetables and meat are cooked simultaneously.
Once you’ve purchase your wok you need to season it. To season a wok means to remove all the factory oil or lubricant around it.
Why is this seasoning important? If your wok is unseasoned the lubricants will absorb the water. This causes your wok to rust quicker than usual. Do you want to learn How to season a carbon steel wok? Check it out
Before you season your wok you’ll need to wash it first. For this step you’ll need:
Wash the entire wok—inside and outside—with the liquid dish detergent & scouring pad. You don’t need to be gentle.
You must remove as much of the lubricant as possible. Once it’s washed use a dry towel to wipe the wok.
Different seasoning methods require unique items. Pick a method and gather items accordingly.
You can use other vegetables to season the wok such as scallions or ginger. If the vegetables become too dry simply add more oil.
When you use an outdoor stove top or a bbq it makes this process faster. Too much smoke emits from the wok when you're tilting and turning to discolor it. This smoke is the factory lubricant fading away.
You don’t want this smoke inside your home.
If you don’t own an outdoor stove top you can use your oven.
For the best seasoning repeat the step at least three times.
If your wok has a plastic or wooden handle cover it with a damp cloth before placing it in the oven.
It’s important to note that this method must be done on a gas stove.
When you oil the wok after seasoning it you create the first layer or patina.
Through use of the wok this layer becomes thicker. It starts forming a non-stick cooking surface.
When deciding on a seasoning oil you need to consider those that have a high smoking point temperature.
At this temperature the oil breaks down.
Unrefined oils that have a strong flavor have low smoking points and aren’t practical in seasoning your wok.
Select neutrally flavored, refined oils such as:
When you season your wok you want to keep it that way for long periods.
Here are some tips on preserving your wok’s seasoning:
A wok is an investment you want to benefit from for years. If you season and maintain your wok this is possible.
Keeping your wok for years means you can enjoy delicious stir fry or other Asian inspired cuisine at any time.
Who wouldn’t want that?