It turns out there are a lot of common mistakes people make when cooking pancakes. Stirring out every lump in the batter often leads to over-mixing, which makes your pancakes turn out chewier instead of fluffy, so it's best to leave a few lumps in.
In order to cook a lot of meat quicker, most people will jam a large batch of beef or chicken chunks into their pan, thinking as long as it's all touching the pan, it'll cook. Sure, the food will cook, but it will turn out soggy and undercooked. Give the meat some room to release its moisture and it will cook more thoroughly.
Before cooking a frozen steak, the common misconception is to let it thaw out. Cooking the steak still frozen will take a bit longer, but it actually tastes significantly better! The frozen steaks hold more moisture and include fewer overcooked bits than steaks that were cooked after thawing.
Before adding food to it, you should make sure that your pan is already very hot. This is essential for sautéing vegetables, making a nice sear on meats, and preventing sticking. Once you've let your pan heat up, add oil and start cooking.
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