It is very simple to butter a skillet but this is how to butter a skillet the easy way!
The goal should be to spread the melted butter evenly over the surface of your frying pan without the butter burning.
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It sounds like it should be simple to do but that is not necessarily so. I have tried buttering a frying pan using just butter on a knife, but the butter didn’t spread evenly. Then I tried pressing a spatula onto the butter and rubbing it around. I still could not reach every part of the pan’s surface.
Another technique is to drop a wad of butter into the skillet, allowing the butter to melt by itself. Of course, I’ve tried that way as well. As the butter melted, I moved the frying pan around to get it to cover. The results were just so-so. Often it took too much butter to do it and sometimes, when I put the skillet back on the burner, the butter began to change color. It was starting to burn.
So, this buttered bread method quickly became my favorite. It works perfectly every time.
How To Butter A Skillet The Easy Way
Turn the burner of your stove on medium.
Place the cold skillet on the burner.
Tear a piece off a slice of bread at least 3 inches square.
Slice off a pat of butter and place it on the bread.
Holding the piece of bread in your hand, wipe the butter side of the bread all over the cooking surface of the skillet.
You now have a perfectly even coating of melted butter in your pan!
Of course, there are other ways to prepare a skillet for cooking. You can spray it with non-stick pan cooking spray or even use cooking oil instead of butter. In our household, we prefer the buttery taste and, since our non-stick skillets have begun to age a little bit, we use butter every time to keep food from sticking. [In theory, brand new non-stick skillets shouldn’t need greasing at all.]
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