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Old 11-06-2020, 06:37 PM
Mike_M Mike_M is offline
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Default A Mess when Cooking

Have a question for those cooking with cast iron skillets. How do you keep from making a greasy mess in the kitchen when using a skillet? Last nite, I heated up the skillet with some oil in it. Once warm, I added some butter. As soon as I added the butter, I was getting splatter everywhere, it would hit my arms, floor, everywhere. Actually stung a little when hit with it. I turned heat down and added a piece of salmon to cook but did not help. No matter what I did or how low the heat was, couldn't keep the the splatter at bay. Is there any tricks I am missing?
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Old 11-06-2020, 08:14 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Likely the water content of the butter in the already hot, oiled skillet. If you want to cook in a butter/oil mix, add both to the pan cold. The water in the butter will evaporate as the pan heats up and not turn to steam and burst in the hot oil.
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Old 11-08-2020, 08:27 AM
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Default Re: A Mess when Cooking

Use a splatter screen.
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Old 11-08-2020, 09:12 AM
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Likely the water content of the butter in the already hot, oiled skillet. If you want to cook in a butter/oil mix, add both to the pan cold. The water in the butter will evaporate as the pan heats up and not turn to steam and burst in the hot oil.
Thanks, will give that a try
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Old 11-08-2020, 11:39 AM
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Default Re: A Mess when Cooking

Assuming we're not preheating in an oven, just on a stovetop, the reason I do not add butter/oil while the pan is still cold is I'm concerned with the timing, that the oil will overheat before the pan is properly heated all the way through. With butter in particular I'd be worried about scorching it.

I think it's fine to preheat your pans, but your problem was you had already heated up the oil before you added the butter. I agree with the advice that you should add them at the same time; that's what I do. I typically drop the butter in then pour over the oil but IDK if the exact order makes a difference as long as it's at the same time.

IIRC Julia Child often cooked with a 50/50 mix of butter and olive oil and that's how she'd do it, but I'm going off of memory so I could be wrong.

Have a good one.
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Old 11-09-2020, 06:35 AM
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I try to use a Chicken Fryer when possible. The extra deep skillets limit the mess with hamburgers and the like.
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Old 05-12-2021, 11:15 AM
Terry Sincheff Terry Sincheff is offline
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I like to heat my pan, then add Ghee. I also use a splatter screen.
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