I picked up this wok from goodwill today. 4.99 and blue tag was %30 off today. Anyways I'm not sure what it is made out of. I fairly sure the handles are aluminum.. And I think the pan is. What I'm afraid of is the pan is old nonstick :/
I didn't think it was because the outside is the same dull color with not deep scratches. Just like the inside of the pan. Marks but nothing like old scratched up non stick.
Anyways ..does someone know what I got?
Looks like you got a shitty flat-bottom wok to use with your gimpy electric stove. Good luck cooking anything at all with that thing, I doubt you could even successfully boil water with that combination.
Good thing you only flushed $4.99 down the toilet, it's a shame when people spend actual money on those things.
Just from the look of it. That's how carbon steel looks when it's been well used for a while. Woks are usually made out of either carbon steel, stainless steel or cast iron. It's clearly not stainless or cast iron, so that leaves carbon.
I mean that a flat bottom wok is meant to be "compatible" with electric stoves except that the shape of a wok is meant to be used with a gas flame, so basically you're trying to cook with a 6 inch spot of heated bottom and completely unheated cold side walls, which defeats the purpose of a wok and isn't like wok cooking in the slightest.
The sides of a flat bottom wok still get hot, that's how metal works, it conducts heat. The limiting factor to stir frying at home whether with a round or flat bottom wok is that consumer stove burners don't but out anywhere near the BTUs that commercial wok burners in restaurants do so you won't get the same results.
If you really want to make good stir fries at home, you should get one of those outdoor propane wok burners.
BTU isn't usually the term of choice for electric stoves, but let's ignore that for now. A thin metal wok doesn't conduct heat away from the heating element in any meaningful way for cooking purposes. It is literally just a hot spot the shape of the contact area.
But on to the "BTU" thing. A good electric stove puts out pretty close to the power of a commercial wok burner. This is why a home electric stove boils water so much faster than a home gas stove. That doesn't really help when you're trying to heat up a metal surface 8 inches away from the heating element though.
>But on to the "BTU" thing. A good electric stove puts out pretty close to the power of a commercial wok burner.
No it doesn't. Not even close.
Electric burners are also usually less powerful than gas burners. Most large electric burners on home stoves push around 2500 watts which translates into around 8500 BTUs which is actually lower than the largest burner on most home gas stoves which push around 10-12k BTUs.
Commercial wok burners push upwards of around 100k BTUs.
Some push 100k BTU. Some push more. But more commonly what you'll see in a commercial kitchen is 15-20k.
Either way, if you are talking about 100k BTU gas burners, I don't understand how you could possibly defend a flat bottom wok on an electric coil stove. Get a grip.
I'm not defending it, I'm just saying that on a home stove, it really doesn't matter whether you use a flat or round bottom wok on an electric or gas stove. Either way it won't be getting hot enough to duplicate the results you'll get from cooking on a commercial wok burner.