Never Burn or Crust Your Stainless Steel Pans Again

September 22, 2015

Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Erika Crout confesses to burning her stainless steel pots and pans to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Here’s Martinez’s advice for making sure it never happens again. Welcome to Effed it Up.

Dear Rick, protector of stainless steel pots and pans,

I’ve just started cooking with stainless steel All Clad pots and pans. The problem is: I’ve burned them almost every time I’ve used them. Please help!


Dear Erika,

Oh, your poor new pans! Thankfully,…