Tefal is a leading company in non-stick cookware. It has a variety of ranges, one of which is the Optimal pan range. Pans in this range have an inbuilt device for letting the cook know when the pan has reached an optimal cooking temperature. Care of the pans is simple and the range offers a number of nutritional advantages.
An Optimal pan has a red circle in its centre about the size of an old 10 pence piece with the Tefal logo in it. This is called the Thermo-Spot. The method of use is straightforward: without putting food, or even any fat in the pan, place it on the hob or gas ring. When the pan reaches 190 degerees C, the logo disappears. According to Tefal, this is the optimum temperature for frying food and also seals in the juices immediately.
Optimal Pan Preparation
Before you use an Optimal pan or any other non-stick pan, Tefal recommends that you "season" it. Doing this preserves the non-stick function for longer and stops food sticking. Tefal's instructions are to wash all the cookware thoroughly and dry it. Heat each pan on a low heat for 30 seconds and then remove it from the heat. Put a tablespoon of any vegetable oil in the pan and rub the oil over the entire inside with a paper towel.
Optimal Pan Care
Tefal recommends that you use a non-stick plastic scouring pad, warm water and washing up liquid to clean the pans. The company points out that if you only wipe the pan with a paper towel, an oily film stays on coating. This film cooks again next time the pan is used and the coating becomes discoloured. If a pan gets overheated and stains appear, Tefal suggests simmering a quarter litre of water with a tablespoon of bleach for 15 to 20 minutes. To keep the pan in tip-top shape, only use nylon, plastic or wooden utensils.
Optimal Pan Advantages
The Optimal range is an aid to healthy eating for everyone. It means that you can cook without fat, or certainly with less fat, as the non-stick surface cooks chicken or mince without the need to coat the pan with oil first. Users report finding the pans excellent for cooking stir-fry type dishes and that the flavour is vastly improved as the food is less oily.