Watching Saturday Morning can show you some great recipes, and it’s a nice comforting show to start your weekend.
But this tip shared by host James Martin on today’s show might also be a game changer when it comes to your cleaning routine, saving you from needing to clean your induction hob after a ‘splashy’ meal.
While making an onion tarte tatin, the chef placed a piece of parchment paper on the hob he was using underneath the pan, which guest Jon Richardson said ‘freaked [him] out’.
James explained how to use grease-proof paper ‘to save you messing up the hob’.
He added: ‘If you’re going to do this on a commercial induction hob, do it with a bit of paper. The paper won’t burn.’
It’s important to note this is only for induction hobs as obviously paper on gas or electric hobs would catch fire.
Katherine Jenkins, who was also on the show, didn’t believe James when he insisted it did work, saying it would ‘Because it’s a commercial bit of kit.’
It is definitely true, though, and if you have an induction hob at home you can do the same.
This is because induction hobs don’t directly heat up, instead using electromagnetic power to heat the pan itself.
The paper won’t catch light underneath the pan, and will catch spills in dishes like tarte tatin where burnt sugar might splash out and be difficult to clean.
For those worried about scratching their induction hob, this can also help when you’re making recipes that might call for a lot of moving the pan around. Induction cooktops can be expensive, and sometimes get small scratches from the metal bottoms of pans.
As with any tip, it’s worth giving this a wide berth for everyday use. Mainly because you’ll use a lot of paper, and induction hobs can be cleaned with standard sprays and liquids.
Plus, if you do decide to try it for messier recipes, always keep an eye on your pan just in case.
Aside from these caveats, though, it could be perfect for perfecting your sugar work without a major cleanup afterwards.
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