Why Does Rice Pudding Burn in a Teflon Pan?

Updated November 21, 2016

Unfortunately rice pudding can burn even if you use a Teflon pan, or a non-stick frying pan. Sometimes the milk burns or the grains of rice get stuck to the bottom, overheating and subsequently burning, ruining both your pudding and your pan.

Not Stirring

If you forget to keep stirring the rice pudding, the grains of rice can stick to the bottom of the pan. They will then overheat and burn, causing the bottom of the pan to become charred. Stir continuously, and always use a wooden spoon to avoid scratching the bottom.

Forgetting To Grease The Pan

if you don't grease your frying pan before cooking, the heat can cause the pudding to stick to the pan and burn, even with a Teflon pan. The advantage with non-stick pans is that you don't need to use as much grease as with a conventional pan. Make sure you add a small knob of butter or some oil to the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking and burning. If you're watching your cholesterol or calorie intake, use margarine or a low fat cooking spray.

Cooking at High Temperature

If you turn the heat on too high it won't save you time, instead it will make the bottom of the pudding burn before the remainder is cooked through, regardless of whether your pan is made from Teflon or not. A low to medium heat is sufficient.

Not Paying Attention

Not paying attention to cooking almost inevitably causes disasters like burning. If you walk away from a Teflon pan for too long while it's on the stove it can overheat, boil over and burn. Stay close by and keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't start to sizzle, as this means it is probably burning.

How To Clean A Burnt Pan

If you have burnt the pan, first try scraping away as much of the burnt milk and rice as possible with a wooden spoon, taking care not to scratch it. Then soak the pan in hot water, adding 1 tsp of baking soda. This will soften the burnt bits. Leave it to soak overnight and scrub it in the morning, using the soft part of the sponge -- never the scourer, as this will scratch the pan.

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