Many a times you will be wondered why the food items are sticking to the stainless frequently? It happens due to the chemical bonding. The metal of the pan and food undergo a process of chemical bonding when they are heated. Foods with high protein are normally prone to stick. This is an informal summary for why food sticks to stainless steel pans!
Non clean surface
One of the reasons for food stick with the pan is due to the non-clean surface of the pan. After every use, the pan needs to be washed moderately, rinsed and dried. You don’t have to use a rough scrub to clean the surface that may spoil the smoothness of the surface.
Cold and Dry food
Food with cold and dry will stick to the pan. Cold food must be allowed to settle to the room temperature. You have to keep out the food from the refrigerator before use and allow settling it with the room temperature. Dry food also will stick to the pan if not used properly. To avoid the sticking tendency, pour oil into the pan and wait until the oil is heated up if you want to cook the food with oil. In the event if you want to cook/steam the food sprinkle some water in the required level before you place the food in the pan for cooking. Make sure to have enough water that is adequate for the cooking. If there is no sufficient water, you can hear the sizzling sound. If no water is added at the time of hearing the sizzling sound, the food item may stick to the pan.
Too much food
Keeping too much food in the pan also will be a reason for the food to get stuck to the stainless steel pan. If you put too much food for cooking, there won’t be enough space for the food item to move around and use the spatula properly. When too much food is kept for cooking, the temperature required for the actual cooking will be less than the required level. The low-temperature cooking can be a reason to produce brown color stain on the surface of the pain. This is happening due to the Maillard reaction and caramelization. This will eventually, lead the food to stick to the pan.
Covered cooking will be yet another reason for food to stick to the pan. If there is no requirement to do the cooking to prevent loss of vitamin or maintain the quality of food, use open pan style cooking to avoid food sticking.
Moving food immediately after placing
Moving food immediately, without giving enough time to get food cooked is also a reason for food sticking to the pan. This is especially happening while frying food. You need to give the required time get the surface cooked well and is ready to move easily out. If you don’t need a sautéed crispy surface, move the food immediately it is done.
For our naked eye, the surface of the pan may look simple plain but actually the metal surface is having a lot of micropores and technically will be a rough surface. Unless you apply some technique to reduce the roughness of the pan surface, there will be every chance the pan to show the food sticking tendency. Using oil or water to the required level will help to control the sticking nature of the pan. Why food sticks to stainless steel pan are due to all these reasons and one can have a pleasurable cooking experience by avoiding all the causes.