How To Grease A Pan | Grease Cooking Definition
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How To Grease A Pan | Grease Cooking Definition

Grease Cooking Definition

The grease cooking definition refers to the process of applying grease to cooking vessels so that food will not stick when it is cooked.

Grease meaning in cooking, for example the term grease a pan means to coat it in some sort of protective shortening or fat, usually butter, to prevent whatever you are cooking from sticking.
Margarine, coconut oil and canola oil can also be used to grease baking pans.
Margarine, coconut oil and canola oil can also be used to grease baking pans.

This is an important step in the baking process to ensure that the finished product doesn’t stick to the sides of the pan.

Butter will give a bit of richness to the cake batter and will help the outside bake to a golden brown, whereas shortening is flavourless and the batter is less likely to brown.

How To Grease A Pan

Prepare your pan before starting your recipe.
Here I cover 3 different methods on how to grease a pan.

  1. Using Butter, Margarine or Shortening.

    1. Cut a square of wax paper large enough to hold 1 Tbsp. of butter or shortening.
    2. Hold the butter so that the wax paper is between the butter and your fingers.
    3. Spread the fat over the interior of the pan being careful to cover the entire interior. You don’t have to apply a thick coat.

  2. Greasing A Pan Using Oil.

    1. Take a square of paper towel and fold it in to quarters.
    2. Place paper towel over the top of the open bottle, tipping so that towel absorbs oil.
    3. Spread the oil over the inside of the pan making sure to cover the entire interior.
  3. Grease A Pan Using Spray.

    1. Spray the oil over the inside of the pan lightly over the interior.
    2. Using a paper towel, spread the oil over the entire interior. it does not have to be a thick coat.

Greasing and Flouring a Pan

Many recipes for baked goods call for the baking pan or cake pan to be greased and floured prior to adding the batter and baking.
Even non-stick pans need to be greased and floured for some recipes.

By greasing and flouring the pan you’re creating 2 layers of non-stick protection.
The greasing agent will allow the flour to adhere to it and as the cake bakes, it will cling to the flour and not to the side of the pan.

Any flour can be used to flour the pan, but generally just use the flour that the recipe uses.
This way you won’t be altering the taste or composition of the batter.

If it is a chocolate cake made with cocoa powder, you can use cocoa powder in the place of the flour so that the cake retains a rich, dark exterior with no white flour residue.

  1. Grease the pan as per the how to grease a pan instructions above
  2. Add 1 or 2 tbsp. of flour or cocoa powder to the greased pan.
  3. Pick the pan up and tilt it about, allowing the flour to distribute and cover the entire interior of the pan.
    The flour will stick to any greased surface.
  4. Invert the pan over the kitchen bin or a sink and tap it gently with your hand to remove any excess flour.

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