Tilting skillets, also called braising pans, are simply large frying pans with an attached lid, deep sides. A lever allows you to tilt the pan up to a 90 degree angle, which facilitates easy cleaning. They can be used to perform several different cooking tasks like braising, frying and steaming. You will want to check the overall size and power source of each unit. Tilting skillets can be either mounted to a countertop, set on a small stand or placed directly on the floor. Models that are between 24 and 30 inches tall can easily be placed on a countertop, though you may want to secure it in places so it does not shift around. Models that are between 30 and 40 inches tall are too big to go on the counter, so you will need a small stand or table to put them on. Anything larger than 40 inches should go on the floor.
Braising pans can be powered by either gas or electricity. Check the inlet size on all gas-powered equipment to make sure you have the appropriate couplings and that it can be spliced into your existing gas supply line without having to increase the pressure or run new piping. With electrically powered units, you will need to verify that you have the necessary voltage and phase. Additional electrical configurations are usually available, depending on the model and manufacturer.
Tilting Skillets: A Mini-Buying Guide
Tilting skillets are an invaluable tool in the commercial kitchen, but there are a few things to consider before choosing the right model for your operation. Learn more!