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10 Mistakes You Could be Making with Pancakes, Without Which You Will Never Able To Make A Perfect Pancake

 

Cooking pancakes on a griddle
When it comes to griddle cooking, there are some tricks that can help pancakes come out just right. It’s important to keep a careful eye on your pancakes while they cook, because they tend to bubble over easily—and can stick to a hot griddle if you aren’t ready for them. Fortunately, our tips below will help. Once you know how to make perfect pancakes every time, don’t forget these tips when switching back and forth between stovetop and skillet cooking methods! (This tip is brought to you by Calphalon Nonstick.)

1) Use a non-stick surface
Skipping an extra butter or oil step can help cut calories, but to make sure your pancakes are healthy and fluffy, use a non-stick griddle. A non-stick surface will also reduce your likelihood of burning pancakes because you’ll be able to keep a close eye on them as they cook. Use baking spray in place of cooking spray if you don’t have a non-stick griddle available. Remember that both sides need to be cooked for more than one minute per side—even though flipping might take more effort with non-stick—because of how much air is whipped into pancake batter. Here are 10 Ways Baking Powder Can Make Your Food Better (Healthier).

2) Do not flip them too early
If you’re making pancakes from scratch, do not flip them until they have been in for about a minute. The same principle applies to waffles—but unlike pancakes, where it is recommended to wait until bubbles appear and break at the top of your pancake, wait at least three minutes before removing a waffle from your iron. Not only will you end up ruining your meal if you remove it too early, but you’ll also run the risk of damaging your iron. 8) Don’t forget to eat breakfast: While everyone is different when it comes to what constitutes breakfast food, one thing almost all health professionals agree on: no matter how busy or rushed you are first thing in the morning, never skip breakfast. It may save your life!

3) Let them cook at least four minutes
The longer you cook pancakes, it’s true, the more likely they are to stick. But cooking them less than four minutes guarantees that your pancake batter is still uncooked. If you want to ensure delicious, fluffy pancakes every time (and avoid a kitchen fire), heat your pan and add enough butter or oil to coat it before adding your pancake batter—this will prevent them from sticking while they cook. For best results, however, let your pancakes cook for at least four minutes in one layer. Then flip them to finish off on the other side. This ensures even cooking as well as browning.

4) Cook them at medium heat
Heating up a skillet on high heat might seem like a quick way to cook your pancakes, but that can end up making them come out tough. Instead, get a good char going on your pan at medium heat and cook your pancakes slowly; they’ll taste better, hold together better, and you won’t have to deal with scrawny little pancakes. Plus, cooking at higher heats means there’s more chance of burning your delicious toppings off of said pancakes. Steer clear! (At least until you top with something that tastes as good or better when cooked: chocolate chips! Fruits! Peanut butter!)

5) Flip them before they burn
It’s all too easy to keep flipping those pancakes until they look perfect, but if you do that, you’ll end up overcooking them. Instead, flip your pancake over just once—the first side should be golden brown. Don’t make it too thin: If your pancake batter is too thin (like water), you will find that your pancakes burn easily as they cook. Lumpy, thick batter will take longer to cook through and might not hold together properly when flipped. Not enough fat in your batter? Use a nonstick pan or spray some cooking oil before each batch; never use butter. Avoid nonstick coatings: Nonstick surfaces are convenient for cooking eggs or delicate omelets and a lot of other foods, but unfortunately they aren’t great for making pancakes because they tend to spread out while cooking and result in flatter-than-usual cakes.

6) Do not stack them while they are cooking
This will result in pancakes that are burnt on top and raw in the middle. The pancake should cook evenly, so that when you’re ready to serve them you can take them out of their pan and stack them without any of your efforts going to waste. Instead, keep an eye on how they’re cooking so you can turn them over every 30 seconds or so to get a nice golden brown color. Your guests will appreciate it! Catch it at just the right time: Unless you have super-human timing (or some other technique for determining doneness), here’s another instance where letting something rest and then cutting into it comes in handy. If you pull pancakes from their heat source before they’ve had a chance to set fully, that dent from pushing down on them may remain in place—and nobody wants to eat a bulging pancake!

7) Take pictures if you want to brag later
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Who doesn’t love cooking, actually? If you want to learn how to cook tasty pancakes, all you need is an internet connection and a bit of time on your hands. The following tips will help you make delicious flapjacks every time you try. And then you can post pictures to Instagram! Make sure that your ingredients are fresh: Ingredients do matter when it comes to making any food item. In fact, some things aren’t even edible if they expire! So don’t buy cheap pancake mix—get a bag that costs more than what you paid for it; your taste buds won’t regret it later. Also, don’t be afraid to use more eggs in case your batter turns out too runny; as long as it gets cooked well enough during flipping, fluffy pancakes are always great!

8) Eat, enjoy and repeat!
It’s possible to eat pancakes every day—they’re absolutely delicious. However, if you want to avoid health issues, you have to make sure that your diet is up to par. In fact, eating too many pancakes can be a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, it’s easy to make them healthier! If you love pancake breakfasts but want something more nutritious and tasty at breakfast time, follow these tips. And don’t worry—you still get to enjoy breakfast all week long.
In general, eggs should comprise about 1/3 of your daily diet; if you include them in each meal (that means about six eggs per week) then you are getting enough protein for most people even without supplements or powder products.

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