Woks are not Just for Stir-Frying: Here are Some Alternate Uses
Wok Nothing is better for cooking Chinese food in than woks are. Even so, if you are using your wok only for cooking Chinese food, you could be missing out on its benefits in more ways than one. Here...
Nothing is better for cooking Chinese food in than woks are. Even so, if you are using your wok only for cooking Chinese food, you could be missing out on its benefits in more ways than one. Here are some alternate uses for woks that will make preparing a number of dishes much easier to do.
Cooking for a Crowd
Woks are the perfect vessel to use when cooking for a crowd, because they hold large quantities of food. Electric ones are also ideal for taking to potluck dinners. This is because they have both a large and a “helper” handle that makes them easier to carry, and can easily be plugged in to keep food warm. They are especially nice when planning Mexican-style dinners for a crowd, as a large one could be used to hold taco meat, and a smaller one used to keep tortilla or taco shells warm in.
Surprisingly enough, woks can be very useful when baking. They hold large quantities of batter or dough, and their wide opening makes it convenient to mix, stir, or add ingredients. When kneading dough, it’s easy to turn a wok in order to make it easier to access.
Marinating or Seasoning Meats
A wok can make marinating or seasoning meats a breeze. The shape of the wok helps you cover meat evenly, and the tight-fitting lid ensures flavor is sealed into it during the basting process. Perhaps you’d rather season your meat with a rub, or coat it with flour and other seasonings before frying. In this instance, a wok gives you more room to work in, and also creates less mess for you to deal with afterwards.
Surprisingly enough, a wok may also be used as a steamer when preparing fish, rice, vegetables and other foods. The ideal way to steam foods in a wok is with the use of a steamer basket, which can be purchased inexpensively wherever cookware is sold.
Scrambling Eggs and Omelets
The problem with scrambling eggs in a traditional skillet is the fact that they sometimes stick to the bottom or sides of the pan. This tends to happen less often when scrambling eggs in a wok, because you can use the same “stirring” motions you use when stir-frying food to get fluffy, delicious eggs that are evenly cooked.
You can even use a wok to create makeshift omelets by adding your ingredients just after your eggs have begun cooking. Omelets are more difficult to turn in a wok, so you may need to experiment a bit in order to get the hang of it. Alternatively, you could simply cook your ingredients together to make a dish that more closely resembles a casserole.
Pasta will naturally be more flavorful when it is added to the sauce and not the other way around. For best results, cook your pasta and sauce separately, then pour your sauce into the bottom of your wok. Next, add your pasta and then toss until it is evenly coated. You can even use your wok to keep your sauce warm if it happens to get done before your pasta does.
Woks have several other uses such as:
- Filling with flowers and using as a centerpiece
- Growing garden plants
- Preparing food on a campfire or grill
- Cutting corn off the cob and then cooking it
- Tossing a fresh garden salad in
- Keeping hot beverages such as tea or cider warm
- Simmering lemon or orange peels to provide a fresh scent for your home
These are just a few ways you might find woks to be very useful, even when you are not preparing Chinese dishes. For help finding the right wok to fit your needs,contact us or click here and get your new wok now!