what the fuck dudes
>decide to stop using a Teflon pan
>fell for the "Teflon is bad for you" meme
>decide to use a standard metal pan
>use a fuck ton of non stick spray
>a fuck ton
>Shit still sticks to my pan
What the fuck am I doing wrong?
Make sure you get your pan hot before applying anything to the pan itself.
Once the pan is hot, apply your butter/canola/olive oil (whatever you use to sautée or sear) let that substance warm WITHOUT burning it. Then and only then can you start searing meat, sweating onions or garlic, or sautéing veggies.
Hope this helps!
Let's say you make a nice ribeye steak in a stainless steel pan. Cook it a nice medium rare with a good sear on both sides. Take it out, rest it, but in the pan you've got that oil and the fond in the bottom of the pan, like in the picture there. All that stuff is that tasty shit on the outside of your perfect steak, and so what do you do? Dump in some liquid (preferably an alcohol like brandy/red wine) and deglaze the pan, removing the fond from the bottom. Then add some mushrooms, little salt and pepper to taste, a little heavy cream, and then holy shit in the time your steak has rested, you've made a fucking amazing pan sauce holy fuckidy shit. (and all that shit is now not sticking to the bottom of the pan anymore, and if you rinse it right away, you'll have a really easy cleanup)
That's why you use a stainless steel pan.
You're supposed to dump some wine (or other alcohol, depending on what you want) and maybe some aromatics, then scrape the fond off the pan as you simmer and reduce it. The wine, fond, and meat juices come together to make a very flavorful sauce.
That's because it is. Friendly reminder to cook your steak/chicken/pork chops on high heat (at least initially) and let the pan and oil heat up beforehand so that you can get a nice maillard reaction going on the outside of your protein.
Always keep a white and a red on hand for the purpose of serving guests. Any bottle not finished is re purposed for kitchen use. If you have an aldi, they have passable 2 dollar wine. Good enough to serve impromtu guests, or to use for kitchen purposes even if not opened for another reason.