Cuisinart GG26-30H GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick Stir-Fry Wok, 12-Inch
Last updated date: July 1, 2020
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From The Manufacturer
Inspired by the great French kitchens, Cuisinart began making professional cookware over 35 years ago. Constructed of the finest materials available to perfectly perform all of the classic cooking techniques, Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized cookware continues a long tradition of excellence. Today, more and more home cooks are going green… and so is Cuisinart cookware! Cuisinart's GreenGourmet cookware is designed with an exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica nonstick surface, which features a petroleum-free, ceramic-based coating that is applied at a temperature one half that of traditional nonsticks. The coating does not contain PTFE and PFOA, substances often used in nonstick cookware that have raised health concerns over the years. It was also developed using manufacturing techniques that reduce harmful carbon emissions by consuming less energy. The coating is also water-based, unlike other nonstick coatings on the market, which are solvent-based. In addition, Cuisinart's cookware has a scratch-resistant nonstick surface that won't peel off. The new cookware conforms to FDA and European RoHS standards for environmentally sound products. These pans should be hand-washed with a mild detergent. Cuisinart also gets some green cred from the packaging, which is made from 100 percent recycled materials and is printed using 100 percent biodegradable soy ink. The pans deliver superior heat conductivity, requiring less energy to achieve the desired cooking temperature. Harder than stainless steel, the skillet's hard anodized exterior is dense, nonporous, and highly wear-resistant for extra durability and professional performance as well as quick and even heat distribution. Additionally, the securely riveted stay-cool steel handles are manufactured using 70 percent recycled stainless steel and is oven-safe to 500 degrees F, so food can be browned on the stovetop then transferred to the oven to finish cooking.
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An Overview On Woks
The wok is one of the most useful pieces of kitchen equipment for both professional chefs and home cooks. It has been used in Chinese kitchens for centuries and is now a staple in many kitchens around the world.
“There’s a reason why the wok is the single most important tool in the Asian kitchen: its incredible versatility,” says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff, a long-time food journalist and dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. “Stir fry, deep fry, steam, blanch… the wok can do it all.”
In order to use the wok effectively, you need to first have very high heat. This results in meals that cook in a short amount of time. Because of the high heat, it’s important to use the right amount of oil so that the ingredients don’t stick to the pan. In many recipes, the ingredients, such as chicken, beef, pork or fish, plus vegetables like carrots or cabbage, are seared on the high heat in the wok, before being used in a different cooking method in the same pan. The wok can be used to boil ingredients in a liquid or steam them by using the lid.
Don’t overfill the wok. If this happens, the ingredients will cook too slowly and you won’t get the proper amount of heat. Before putting any ingredients in the pan, it’s critical to prepare all of your ingredients by washing, cutting and setting them out. This mise en place technique ensures that you can add the right ingredient to the wok at the right time.
One of the most common ways a wok is used is to make a stir fry.
“The key to a great stir fry is to cut up each ingredient to similar size so that they cook in the same amount of time (meaning equal-size chunks of protein, or all ¼-inch thick carrot coins, etc.), and to know what order to add them to the wok,” Chernoff explains. “Aromatics are added first, then ingredients in order of length of cooking time, from longest to shortest.”
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Ever wonder why some woks have round bottoms while others have flat ones? Their unique design actually dictates what kind of stove they are best for.
“Round-bottom woks will come with a metal collar/ring to keep them steady over a gas flame; flat-bottom woks are best for electric stovetops, but can also be used over gas,” explains Chernoff.
The classic wok has a rounded bottom as it was used on a traditional charcoal fire. On a gas stove, however, the metal ring provides stability so that the pan can be used safely. If you have a round-bottom wok and an electric stove, you will find that the pan doesn’t sit properly on the cooking element. However, there are wok add-ons available that make it easier to use your round-bottom wok on an electric element.
The Wok Buying Guide
- An important element to consider when selecting your wok is the material it’s made out of. “While there are many expensive Westernized versions available — made of copper, stainless steel, or even with nonstick surfaces — it’s hard to beat the classic carbon steel,” Chernoff says. “Although the carbon steel must be seasoned before first use, and cleaned thoroughly after each use and reoiled, the extra care and time are well worth it for the final product.” Some woks are made out of hard-anodized aluminum, while others are 100% cast iron and sold already seasoned. You’ll even find woks with an aluminum core between two stainless steel layers. Other woks are made of heavy gauge carbon steel.
- If you want to avoid using excess oil in your cooking, you may want to pay attention to the non-stick coating on your work. Some woks have three layers of non-stick coating, while others have been seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. The seasoning improves as the pan is used.
- The way your wok retains heat and distributes heat can affect the outcome of your recipe. Even heating is what you’ll get with an aluminum construction.
- Because the wok is operated on such high heat, it’s important that the handles on the wok enable the cook to move it around safely, without having to touch the pan. “Look for a wok with a long wooden handle on one side and a helping handle opposite it for handling and moving the wok,” directs Chernoff.
- Look for a wok with one long, brushed stainless steel handle that stays cool on the stovetop. Of course, a model with two assist loop handles for a safe and secure grip is also a good choice. However, they do heat up while cooking and can only be held using an oven mitt to avoid injury. Some woks have a long ergonomic phenolic handle and a small assist handle, which stays cool while cooking.
- If you’re interested in exploring the versatility of the wok, then “look for a wok with a lid,” as Chernoff guides. This “helps with steaming and simmering ingredients during cooking.” Some woks come with a clear tempered glass lid, while others don’t come with a lid at all.
- Whether you’re routinely cooking for a crowd or just for your family will dictate the size of wok you need. “You’re not going to need a gigantic wok (like the ones used in Asian restaurants), and you want to make sure that it will fit over one burner on your stovetop,” explains Chernoff. The SKY LIGHT Carbon Steel 12.5-Inch Wok is 12.5 inches, while the Craft Wok Traditional Hammered Pow Wok, 14-Inch is 14 inches.