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WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Yes, I have seen those Pow woks on the internet & thought I would like to get one, but aren't they the ones with a round bottom, if so, will it work on my glass cooktop?

Thanks for the pic.

about 16 hours ago
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Gosh Fourunder, I am a long way from flipping the food, I will have to settle for the push pull method with my spatula inside the wok instead of all that flip stuff in the air. Plus, I just don't know if I could ever get that bulky thing in the air without it coming crashing down.

You pros will just have to show off for folks like us who sit & stare at stir fry bars.

about 16 hours ago
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Well folks, I have taken the long handle off my 14 inch wok, re seasoned it & put a tad of peanut oil & green onions to give it a whirl & believe it or not, I got a wok hei going!!! Smell was wonderful, something I never experienced. Unfortunately, I walked away & came back to a flaming wok. My pea brain remembered something about course salt, so I grabbed the sea salt & quickly put out the flames. Don't know if I need to re season again due to the fire or what. During all this, the small wooden handle never heated up & the little thingy that held the long handle stayed cool to the touch.

Now my wok is in perfect balance & does not spin wildly out of control. I love all the room, sort of like ice skating on a large frozen lake or something like that. Was it the wok hei, or perhaps the last glass of wine that made me fall back in love with that big old thing?

And yes, size does matter & I want several sizes, You all have an array & I want to have more than one size, just in case. Long handles are not for me though.

It's been fun hearing about your woks, as always, chowhounds gather together to embark on life's cooking adventures. If you have a wok story, please share.

1 day ago
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

I am at a serious disadvantage by having an electric glass cooktop & my concern is to keep things sizzling & if that means keeping a 14 inch wok, so be it. After your discussions, I can see how even cooking a small amount will be better in a large wok.

I have watched many youtube videos & saw folks on a cooktop doing just fine, but I never paid too much attention to the size wok they are using, was more interested in the technique.

Now I think the 14 inch one is best, even though 5 minutes ago, I thought a 12 inch one would work. Please forgive me.

So, which type of 14 inch one do you prefer? Anyone tried the Lightweight cast iron skillets - just curious. Does carbon steel seem to be the best choice?

Sep 13, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

ricepad, your quote, "folks who say that, have small waves", really mean they have small "wokers".

I am seriously trying to keep this thing geared to woks, but you guys are trying to make me laugh & doing a darn good job of it.

Sep 13, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Lots of good information, thanks for taking the time to reply.

Sep 13, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

I think the 12 inch wok will be good, besides you guys seem to have different size ones, am wondering if you just wanted a variety of sizes or was it a gradual thing that as you got proficient you wanted different sizes.

OK, the hammered one is out, is Wokshop the best place to get a wok?? Thanks.

Sep 13, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

Hey (wok hei??) everyone, the general opinion from you all is the 10 inch wok is pretty much useless for general cooking. I then thought I would get a 12 inch one, but there is not much difference there either.

In working this thing out with all of you, I think my problem is the long handle getting in the way of everything. I really hate to get another one, but it seems like there is no other solution.

So, will it be a hammered one or non hammered? Is there a difference in functionality?

Thanks for your great input in explaining things...nice to know what types & sizes you have & how each one serves a purpose in cooking.

Sep 12, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

I have not heard that saying before, but since we are talking about woks, I can say you must be a darn good woker!

Sep 12, 2014
cstout in Cookware

WOK SIZE - does it really matter?

I have a 14 inch flat bottom wok from the Wok Shop & found that I am not using it so much since it is quite large for my glass cooktop. The wooden handle is so long, it seems like it sticks out a mile & infringes on what little cooking space I have. Plus, I just don't fix a lot to eat at one time anymore.

They now have 10 inch woks that I think would be better. I had my heart set on a hammered one, but it is not available in the 10 inch flat bottom.

The nice man at the Wok Shop said I should just keep using my 14 inch one, I can cook for one person or several in that one. He really thought I should save my money & just keep on woking. He also suggested that it seems as though I had not cooked enough on the existing one to realize that size does not matter.

Well folks, what is your opinion on this? Do I need that 10 inch one or not?

Sep 11, 2014
cstout in Cookware

Easy home cooking?

Stir Fries - easy to prep veggies & protein ahead & make a large pot of rice for the fridge to have handy. Also the rice can be used for many other things than just fried rice.

Salads in jars - might be fun to have every one sit down & pack their own salad & pick whatever they like, & label with their name for use during the week.

Mini Foods - everyone gets their own personal meat loaf, quiches or whatever. Plus, extras can be made & put in freezer bags. The mini foods thaw quicker from the freezer than regular sizes.

Pound Cake - make a couple of pound cakes & keep in freezer. Good to slice & serve with whatever sauce you like. I like to heat up different jams or jellies until slightly warm & pour over the cake with some tossed berries to match the jelly.

Artisan Bread Dough - great to have a hunk in the fridge.

Sauces - have recipes on hand for making all kinds of sauces, very good to have some frozen. I cheat a bit sometimes when making a sauce by using about a sprinkle of one of those packets of sauce mixes, just because I don't always have all the spices needed to make a particular kind of gravy. For instance, I never seem to have poultry seasoning around, but a dash of the packaged chicken gravy mix has those seasonings I don't have on hand.

Sep 10, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Easy home cooking?

Dairy Queen,what is the title of the book you just ordered?

Easy home cooking?

Simple, fast recipes & it is only a penny on Amazon. Relies quite a bit on canned goods, but you can always add a "fresh" element to the meal.

Title - "FROM FREEZER, FRIDGE & PANTRY" by Eugenia Branscomb Hobday

Example meals -

Quick Cornish Pasties
(canned roast beef or corned beef hash, canned peas & carrots, I use frozen, Worcestershire sauce, 2 containers refrigerated crescent dinner rolls) Could use cooked hamburger meat or roast instead of the canned meat.

Chili Turnovers
(canned chili, no beans or use your homemade chili, crescent rolls, shredded cheese

Ground Beef & Potato Bake
ground beef, dry onion-mushroom soup mix, cream of celery soup, frozen fried potato nuggets. Can toss in some green veggies like broccoli florets or chopped carrots or fresh sliced mushrooms

Savory Roasted Chicken
your choice of chicken pieces
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
Marinate chicken overnight, put in baking pan & pour marinade over chicken & bake or put the chicken pieces on the grill & brush with the marinade as they cook

Sweet & Spicy Baked Pork Chops
Pork chops & any of the following glazes (provided in book)
onion orange glaze, tangy onion glaze or cranberry onion glaze or sweet & spicy glaze, or look on internet for other glazes to use on the pork chops

This is another one of those "few ingredient" books. Don't poo poo all the canned ingredients, you can substitute so many fresh or homemade items in their place. I always thumb through it to get my own ideas, just gets the brain to thinking of other ways to change things around.

Easy home cooking?

www.onepotchefshow.com has some fast simple recipes. He has many youtube videos.

Paper in the Kitchen - do we really need all these?

I too have a bunch of cloth napkins & I place 2 at a time on the oven handles & use them for hand wipes instead of paper towels. Has sure helped to cut down on paper towel use.

I ask for paper sacks instead of plastic. They are making the plastic bags so flimsy that they break & I have a mess. Seems like I can always find a way to use a brown sack. I place several sacks into one sack for storage.

Aug 15, 2014
cstout in Cookware

The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

I enjoyed the link to recipe secrets. Also, liked the idea of diamond shaped cutters to avoid extra scraps. The recipe sounds good too, hope to try it soon.

Don't know if it was on this thread or somewhere else, but someone mentioned using the insert from a metal ice cube tray to cut out several biscuits or rolls at one time (if you can find one of those retro things)

Aug 07, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Amazon has a "look inside" option for "Mansion at Turtle Creek", so why don't you go there & look in the index at all the recipes within the book? That should be a good indication whether or not you would enjoy the book.

Since I don't own the book, I cannot say yay or nay about ordering it.

Jul 30, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I do not have either one of the Texas cookbooks you mentioned. There are a lot of gourmet recipes in both cookbooks & I do not do gourmet cooking, so I passed on both of them.

"The Mansion on Turtle Creek" has been a popular seller at the local kitchen gadget stores for years, so that might sway you to make a purchase. Good luck.

Jul 30, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Looked on Amazon for Guido's cookbook & there were several good reviews but none of them told me what kind of recipes are in the book. Is it all fish/seafood or what?

I collect Texas cookbooks & am curious about this one. No "look inside" option on Amazon.

Thanks for any tidbit you can provide.

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Kick-azz pickpled peppers?

I second the motion on that recipe. Thanks for sharing the link. Looks like a lot of other good recipes out there too.

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Evaporated Milk - how do you use it?

Where did you find the glass bottles to store milk in?

Jul 28, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

Yes, I hate the clove flavor too in gherkins.

Jul 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

As far as I am concerned, Heinz India Relish is the secret to a good tuna sandwich.

Only trouble is, grocers do not carry it any more. It is on Amazon, but the shipping cost is way out of line.

Jul 19, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

Love my new immersion blender

What is your brand of blender?

Jul 08, 2014
cstout in Home Cooking

I'm so over...

This thread is hilarious - I don't know whether I want to vomit or laugh. Or both.

By the way I saw something just recently that reminded me of Skittle Spittle. I think it came from a bad coon that barfed on my sidewalk.

Jul 06, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Can't wait to try your provencal recipe;. Thanks.

Jun 22, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Was your fish coated with something - the provencal mustard sounds wonderful - must get some.

Jun 21, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

There are several kinds of Aromat seasoning, one being an all purpose. Which one does your spouse use?

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Love it when you all post a picture of a product. Pictures can take the place of a thousand words when you walk into an Asian store or whatever & they don't speak much English & I sure don't know their language.

I just show them a print out of the product, they smile & then I smile & with any luck I am walking out the door with just what I wanted.

Thanks

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Here is a link that shows what states carry the mushroom sauce cubes, plus I think you can order on line, but do not know cost of shopping.

Just google porcini cubes & see what you get.

Jun 20, 2014
cstout in General Topics