On Call for Short Orders, Reheats and Combinations
What do you do when three people have three different tastes, you don’t have room on the stovetop for multiple skillets or need to keep clean up to a minimum? You can call for more cooks, put in another cook top, and try to convince others to join in with the cleaning or reach for your handy multi-tasker. The divided skillet has become one of my best friends. It can cook the eggs and fry up the links or cook and reheat a multiple-dish meal all in one spot. For a crowd, I’ve used three or four of these magnificent fry pans and everyone got their food hot and made-to –order at the same time. That certainly puts more cooks in the kitchen, but also a larger cleaning crew. It’s a win-win.
There are about as many divided skillets as foods to put in them and frankly, I think every kitchen should own at least one. They come with two to five compartments, are usually non-stick and either square or round. However, they can take some getting use to. When it comes to choosing which food to add at what time and making sure all foods can take the same amount of heat, a little practice goes a long way. Once you understand your pan, it will prove to be one of the best additions to your collection of top-performers.
The Anolon Advanced 12-Inch Divided Grill and Griddle Skilletis s a vertically divided, two compartment, restaurant grade grill and griddle. It can handle metal utensils and is oven safe for up to 400 degrees. Its hard, anodized surface provides excellent heat distribution and easy non-stick clean up. Its duel riveted, comfort-grip handle adds to its appeal, as does its lifetime warranty.
The Master Pan Non-Stick Divided Grill Skillet gives you 5 compartments for simultaneous cooking. Four can heat up or fry and the mid section, which gets 15-20 percent hotter, will do the grilling. Made of die-cast aluminum, it is stain resistant and dishwasher safe. Its heavy gauge bottom offers even heat distribution and its generous helper-handle ensures a sturdy grip. It’s PTFE, PFOA and heavy metal free.
The Triple Divided Skillet (the company name is the same) was dreamed up by a husband and wife team after she compared another kitchen multi-tasker to her too many skillets headed for the sink. It’s a circular pan with three sections and comes in three sizes. It has no corners to fuss over while cooking or cleaning.
The Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Nonstick Divided Skillet brings a splash of color to the kitchen, as Rachel loves to do, and sports a rubberized duel-riveted handle for comfort and ease of handling. It has two horizontally divided sections, is oven safe up to 350 degrees and cleans up quickly. Its limited lifetime warranty puts this one in the running for a great long-haul fry pan.