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We see it all the time on tv, and at restaurants. The cooks and chefs have no need for a spatula, after all, they can just flip what ever they have in the pan, by throwing it in the air. Well, in this instructable, i'll help you learn to do it.

In foods class, they told us we could learn by practicing with a piece of toast. That is how i'm going to show you. I've never tried it, but, my dad said that he learned (at the Culinary Institute of America) with frozen peas.
 
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Step 1: What you need

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Well, to learn how to do this, you will need:

One pan
One piece of bread
A toaster that doesn't want it's picture taken
and food you actually want to eat (like veggies)

Step 3: The Technique

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Now that you've got your toast, you're ready to flip. First, get the rhythm going. Shake the bread back and forth a little, get a feel for how it moves. When you're ready, make a final push forward of the pan, while tilting up. During this move, you will make a circular motion with the pan:

You push forward, tilt up, bring the pan up a bit, and then pull back (as you catch the toast). Just keep trying this until you get it down, and are able to do it successfully every time. Adjust your technique as you see what happens.

Step 4: Tips for real cooking

When you're actually using this in your cooking, here are some tips:

Make sure the pan is greased well enough for your food to slide easily, this will make the flip easier.

When you are just starting, a "fold" is good to try, so you can get used to it, but not ruin the food or get burnt.

If you are doing something like eggs, make sure the egg is solid before trying to flip it.

Sandwiches shouldn't be flipped too much, or they will start to break. They are a good thing to practice with though (grilled cheese)
ilpug2 years ago
Good directions, but people might hate on you for the jumpy animated GIFs.
SFHandyman5 years ago
I learned how by flipping my wallet.* The leather had just enough stick to be realistic. It was the right shape, and it was a good weight too. I don't know what prompted me to try my wallet. It was a long time ago.

It's good to teach people this. It makes so many things much easier. I have no idea how people make omelets when they can't flip. Chopped food you want to have a crust, like hashbrowns, that will break up if you try to flip them with a spatula are great flipped. They keep that solid brown crunchy crust on the outside.

If whatever you want to flip has produced a lot of liquid, or grease, that you don't need, you can pour it off before flipping. A good flip will also land the fluid back in the pan, but sometimes its better to be safe than sorry.

*Just realized I should say: (even though it's probably obvious) the pan wasn't heated and it didn't have any oil in it. Just a clean pan and my wallet.

Here is something that may help: If you are cooking something like hash browns, pancakes, eggs, or a hamburger; and it doesn't slide well, it isn't ready to be flipped. Let it cook a little more, and it will let go of the bottom, and flip easily.
I've always wondered how they do that. Thanks.
oooh this reminds me I have to make an instructable on how to crack and open an egg one handed.
Weissensteinburg (author)  TheCheese99217 years ago
That's a good idea...should I make a group for cooking skills?
your to late, but you can add it to this group food hacks
Weissensteinburg (author)  TheCheese99217 years ago
That's perfect. thanks.