Should I preheat a pan, or start the cooking timer immediately?

  • Should I preheat a pan, or start the cooking timer immediately? user4262

    I'm getting ready to heat up a pre-prepared meal (the ones that are kept in the freezer), and the instructions say to place in a pan and cook on high heat for three minutes.

    When should the three minute timer start? As soon as I turn on the heat, or after the pan is nice and hot?

  • If you cook (or bake) using a timer, you should always use preheated equipment. Your stove top may differ from my stove top in terms of the length of time it would take to get to high heat (hell, my stove top wouldn't even hit high heat in three minutes), and this would greatly effect the final quality.

    Always preheat, the instructions expect it. Otherwise, it would tell you to put a pan on the stove top, place in pan, and turn on to high heat. Leave for three minutes and remove.

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