- 1 Can I Cook Eggs and Bacon on A Cast Iron Skillet?
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Can I Cook Eggs and Bacon on A Cast Iron Skillet?
Bacon and eggs are a classic breakfast, especially on lazy morning weekends. In this course, you opt for your favorite kitchen masterpiece, the cast iron skillet.
The big question is if the skillet favorable for the preparation of bacon and eggs. The simple answer is yes! However, there are some few conditions necessary, so you do not have to miss your breakfast.
For bacon, sticking on the surface is not a big challenge as it is for eggs. The problem is not the skillet rather how you use it.
Let us find out how the skillet can deliver the perfect egg and bacon breakfast for you.
How to Prepare Bacon on a Cast Iron Skillet
There are two ways to make your bacon; you can use a cold skillet or a pre-heated pan in medium heat, and then add some oil before cooking.
Also, it is important to make sure your skillet is well-seasoned.
Use good quality bacon to avoid messing your skillet. Low-quality bacon contains high amounts of sugar that can burn and leave residue on your skillet’s surface.
Cold Pan Method
- On your non- preheated skillet, place the bacon pieces in a single layer making sure they do not overlap.
- Put your skillet on medium heat and let it cook till the lower side turns brown. Turn the bacon to the other side to cook as well.
- Flip continuously while cooking to prevent burning till cooked to your liking. This can take about 8-12 minutes.
- When ready, remove and drain them on a paper towel lined plate.
Hot Pan Method
- Adding extra oil prevents your bacon from sticking, but you have to keep flipping to avoid crispy bacon. When it gets too hot, remove the pan from the fire and turn down the heat.
- Place your skillet on medium heat for 5 min, to preheat it. Don’t let it get too hot, and then add some oil to the skillet.
- Place your bacon pieces and cook till brown. Flip them using tongs.
- Flip while cooking till the bacon cooks to your liking.
- Remove and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
You wake to feel hungry, grab some bacon and eggs for breakfast. First, preheat the skillet then add the pieces of bacon to fry.
When it is almost ready, break and pour the eggs in the skillet. The smell is pleasant and delicious.
But when it gets to flip the eggs, it is stuck and cannot flip. Forcing the eggs to flip turns your beautiful fried eggs to scramble.
Common Theories Why Eggs Stick On Pans
Rough Metal Surfaces:
It is not easy for anything to stick on a smooth surface. Cast iron skillets have small pores and are rough on the surface; hence do not fall under this category.
Small pieces of eggs may fall into these pores, making the eggs difficult to slide on the surface and even more difficult to flip.
In such a situation, minimize moving or sliding the egg. After the proteins solidify, they cannot sit on the pores any longer. Therefore, once the eggs cook, they ought not to stick again.
Frying an egg is an art of balancing temperature according to your preference. It is a common claim that the pan’s temperature defines whether your eggs will stick or not.
However, it not only defines sticking but also if your eggs will be well cooked. The high or low temperature on your eggs will not have a similar outcome.
Depending on your taste preference, you may or may not want all the proteins solidified. That is one with a runny liquid yolk or totally solid with a crispy outer layer.
The Reaction of Eggs with Metals:
A number of professionals explain that proteins react with metal surfaces in a chemical reaction. This makes them stick on the surface of the metals.
In eggs, when the proteins cook, it solidifies and denatures, though the proteins are not lost. It is not clear if, at this point, the reaction still takes place, causing the egg to stick.
To avoid trouble, you can always prevent it, as you will discover later in the article.
According to experts, failure to season the pan well and using inadequate oil are major sticking foods. This is because seasoning and oil create a smooth surface on the rough cast iron skillet.
Also, adding eggs on a cold skillet is a contributing factor to its stickiness. Ensure to preheat your skillet according to your desired temperature before cooking your eggs.
Some believe it is the type of oil used. Some recommend olive oil, other coconut oil, but there is no proof that one type of oil works better than the rest.
How to Prevent Sticking Eggs
Pre-heat your well-seasoned skillet well to your desired temperature. Don not add the eggs before heating the pan to limit the chances of sticking.
Apply your oil of preference to coat the pan. This creates a smooth surface to prevent the sticking of eggs in those tiny cast iron pores.
To the oil, add your eggs and leave it. Moving the egg continuously increases the chances of some pieces sticking on the pan.
Furthermore, it limits the amount of protein coming into contact with metal ions, preventing the chemical reaction that causes sticking.
You can finalize the cooking process. Flip and cook till they are ready according to your liking. If it is still stuck, we now move to the next process to solve the issue.
Removing Eggs after Sticking
To release a stuck egg from the cast iron skillet is all about playing with the past temperature. It is common knowledge that metals expand when heated and contract when cooled.
This applies to eggs; when heated, the eggs expand because of the trapped moisture inside. When cooled, they shrink hence loosening the egg from the pan without any struggle.
In case your eggs get stuck, turn off the heat and leave it for a few minutes as you go about your other businesses. Do not worry as your egg will not get cold, but only detract a bit.
The reason behind this if the egg was stuck in the tiny pores, detracting it will have it released. If it was a metal chemical reaction, the internal bonds causing the detraction are stronger than the bonds that caused the reaction.