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Posted: 8/22/2010 4:39:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2010 4:39:40 PM EST by The_Macallan]

Made pancakes and (again) the first pancake just wouldn't cook right.

But the rest were perfect.

I waited longer this time for the griddle to heat up evenly to the right temperature and all.

But still, no matter what it seems like the first pancake of the batch is always the worst.

It always happens that way no matter what.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:40:50 PM EST
Becaue we usually don't let the pan get hot enough before we pour.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:41:44 PM EST
Cause you suck at cooking?







Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:41:48 PM EST
pancakes how the fuck do they work?
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:41:55 PM EST
Muslim curse.


And mohamed said. "I shall take your first poured pancake, and your socks.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:42:09 PM EST
Cook the first one last.

Then they'll all be perfect.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:42:20 PM EST
I think the amount of time that the pan cake batter has been mixed has something to do with it too.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:43:03 PM EST
Never have that problem.

What are you cooking on?
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:48:54 PM EST
Seems like the pan needs to "seasoned." Got something to do with the butter/grease and the liquid in the batter reacting with the cooking surface. Ever notice the same thing with deep frying? The first batch of whatever doesn't brown as nicely as later additions. Seem like it takes one or two loads to get the oil working right. Some cooks save a little old oil to add to fresh batches so it browns better. Alton Brown talks about both subjects on his cooking show.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:49:13 PM EST
So you have one to put on the head of a bunny
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:50:35 PM EST
The first pancake is properly regarded as a burnt offering to the pancake gods. Do not begrudge the pancake gods their due, lest they strike you with a shortage of maple syrup.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:52:10 PM EST
It's kinda like casting bullets!
The first couple are sacrificial to to gods so the rest turn out OK......
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:53:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By kaos:
Cook the first one last.

Then they'll all be perfect.


Oh yeah! Good idea man!


Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:55:36 PM EST
I was thinking of this the other day, honestly.

1. the pan was probably not hot enough

2. there was too much oil in the pan
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:57:53 PM EST
Because if there wasn't one that was obviously inferior, which one would we have to feed the women/children?
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 4:59:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By kaos:
Cook the first one last.

Then they'll all be perfect.



This is the kind of outside the box thinking that will save the economy! Hail Obama!

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:04:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2010 5:04:41 PM EST by Some_Beach]

Originally Posted By Fbuckshot:
Seems like the pan needs to "seasoned." Got something to do with the butter/grease and the liquid in the batter reacting with the cooking surface. Ever notice the same thing with deep frying? The first batch of whatever doesn't brown as nicely as later additions. Seem like it takes one or two loads to get the oil working right. Some cooks save a little old oil to add to fresh batches so it browns better. Alton Brown talks about both subjects on his cooking show.

I vaguely remember Alton Brown talking about this too. Something about the oil having to burn in, drive off the residual moisture in the oil or something.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:04:33 PM EST
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:05:02 PM EST
too much oil/butter, etc.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:06:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2010 5:06:54 PM EST by Sumo]
It is because of the lack of something in the oil. I want to say water(maybe hydrocarbons?) but it might be something else. I heard a really good explanation the other day but cannot remember where. Probably Alton Brown? Basically if you reuse or add some old oil to new oil you do not have that issue. I am sure one of our chefs can explain it properly.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:08:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.


Ha Ha -
You have a way of screwing up a quote in such an eloquent way that it still makes sense....

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:12:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.


Ha Ha -
You have a way of screwing up a quote in such an eloquent way that it still makes sense....





I know it is supposed to be 'The mind is willing, but the ox is slow/

Several years ago I wrote a little parody of a Zen Shooting team match with that quote and the team took it as a slogan for quite a whils.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:20:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.



Then check the temperature of the pan with a few drops of water.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:25:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By tweeter:
Then check the temperature of the pan with a few drops of water.


You check the pan with a few drops of water THEN skin out for a few minutes.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:25:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.


Ha Ha -
You have a way of screwing up a quote in such an eloquent way that it still makes sense....





I know it is supposed to be 'The mind is willing, but the ox is slow/

Several years ago I wrote a little parody of a Zen Shooting team match with that quote and the team took it as a slogan for quite a whils.



There ya go again....

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:31:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:32:08 PM EST
you're not using enough ground beef.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:32:45 PM EST
Mom always made waffles instead of pancakes. The first one was always "The dog waffle", a tradition that continues to this day.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:34:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By piccolo:
Ah, Grasshopper! You must remember that the ox is willing but the mind is slow.

Meaning that your mind plays tricks on you regarding when the pan is hot enough. Ben Franklin was right when he said 'a watched pot never boils'.

I had the same problem for years until I was interrupted before I put the first one on the pan.

It gave the pan enough time to REALLY heat up properly.

What you do is wait until you are absolutely sure the pan is hot enough and then go do something for 5 minutes or so.

When you get back, try it.

Betcha the first one comes out just fine.



+1

I do this anytime I am frying something. If you stand over it you will over estimate the temperature.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:36:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2010 5:38:15 PM EST by ORIGINAL-Waterdog]
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Made pancakes and (again) the first pancake just wouldn't cook right.

But the rest were perfect.

I waited longer this time for the griddle to heat up evenly to the right temperature and all.

But still, no matter what it seems like the first pancake of the batch is always the worst.

It always happens that way no matter what.



I changed to an electric teflon griddle, no more throw aways.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:39:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By AeroE:
The pan is hot enough when a splash of water sizzles. Get your fingers wet, flip a few drops in. Sizzle => cook, no sizzle => crank the heat up.


That's exactly how I do it.


Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:44:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By Polupharmakos:
The first pancake is properly regarded as a burnt offering to the pancake gods. Do not begrudge the pancake gods their due, lest they strike you with a shortage of maple syrup.

This. The elder gods must be appeased.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:47:24 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 6:50:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By CBON15:
Becaue we usually don't let the pan get hot enough before we pour.


For most this is the answer, but mine always turn out great from the first one.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 6:56:14 PM EST
I thought this was universal so many of the replies are confusing me.

Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:18:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2010 11:21:39 AM EST by amos1909]

Originally Posted By OnlineAllTheTime:
I thought this was universal so many of the replies are confusing me.



Ditto. It happens every time. Same thing when frying eggs. I have been told that cooking the first pancake evenly distribute the heat.. It is just a fact of life!

Amos1909
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:22:17 AM EST
I never had that problem

I would suspect you are not letting the pan get to the right temp
(to hot or cold at first)

also Gas stoves give better control
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:24:01 AM EST
Never seem to have that problem. I prefer waffles though.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:27:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By CBON15:
Becaue we usually don't let the pan get hot enough before we pour.

THIS.

From many years in the past as a SOC this was the reason.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:32:31 AM EST
Shit, that is usually my best one.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:42:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By kaos:
Cook the first one last.

Then they'll all be perfect.


But the last one is always too small.

I always cook my pancakes third.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:43:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By IBU-14_Gunner:
I think the amount of time that the pan cake batter has been mixed has something to do with it too.


^ ^ ^ ^

That.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:46:20 AM EST
If you would have said crepes, then I'd agree with you.

Pancakes, on the other hand, are ridiculously easy to get right.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:48:32 AM EST
You have to wait for the light on the griddle to go off.

Also, have you tried the WalMart brand blueberry pancake mix yet?
It rocks.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:53:08 AM EST
I don't have that problem. You must be doing it wrong.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 11:57:32 AM EST
Wait is that why my mom always made sure I got the first one? I thought I was special.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 12:05:52 PM EST
Never had that problem. I use a griddle.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 12:06:51 PM EST
THE trick (I use exclusively cast iron) is a HOT pan and THEN cold oil. You can't put your oil in the pan before it is cooking hot, meaning the water dances.

Be sure to only use a couple drops of water or you've just cooled the pan off.

Very little oil.

Be willing to eat a less than perfect pancake.

I was camping with my friends and our boys (one each for three of us). I asked the boys if they wanted pancakes. Sure!! Cooked the bacon first. Reserved the grease and put in enough for each pancake as necessary. Pancakes were loaded with bacon grease and little bits of bacon. The other two boys wouldn't touch 'em cause they didn't look like Bob Evans pancakes. My boy Jake was plowin' through them as were the two boy's dads. By the time they got up the gumtion to try one, and realized that they were heaven on earth when it comes to camp food, there weren't many left. Snooze and loose, fellas.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 1:58:29 PM EST
You have to wait until the frying pan is up to temperature. It's not hot enough when you are making your first one. By the time you are done with it, the next one is getting the proper heat.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 2:10:25 PM EST
Thick batter + no oil =The best pancakes ever!!
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