Hello, this is Chef John from FoodWISHES.com.
How to flip stuff in a pan like a chef? That's right! This has to be one of the most popular, non-recipe food wishes of all time. So I'm gonna show you my secret training method. And we're not gonna use real food. We're gonna use cheese balls.
And the reason I like the cheese balls for this, in addition to they're kind of tasty and go good with beer, the reason why I like the cheese balls is because they're very light, which means they're gonna fly out of the pan if you don't do this right. But if they do fly out of the pan, they're not gonna do any damage or make a big mess. So they've worked really well for this.
So I'm gonna pour those in the pan. It looks like I've got a couple extra(s). Let me take care of those. So here we go. The secret here is not to try to throw the food up and catch it. That's why people have a problem with this. They think they're supposed to throw the food up, and then somehow catch it with a pan.
That's not what you're trying to do. It's not an up-and-down motion. It's a back-and-forth motion. That's the key. And to help you remember that, there's an o-o-old saying, and by old I mean I just made this up. But it goes like this, "Up-and-down is very lame; back-and-forth shows your game." Ok, so remember that.
So I don't want your pan coming off that cutting board. I want you to press it against the cutting board. I want you to push it forward, and give it a quick pullback. Alright, so push forward, pull back. Push forward, pull back. And as long as you don't lift the pan off the cutting board, and you keep experimenting with that back-and-forth motion, you will eventually get it.
And here it is the slow motion, so you can really see what's happening. You're pushing everything forward, and then you're giving it a quick pullback. And when you pull that pan back, you'll see it hit that curved edge of the pan, and flip up over itself.
And that's the whole move. There's really not much to it.
And some of you are saying here, "Chef John, shouldn't we use more of up-and-down motion?" No!!! I just went over that. It's not up-and-down. It's back-and-forth. But anyway, practice that motion, and you will be a pan flipping fool, just like your favorite celebrity chef on TV.
So I hope you give this a try. Head over to Foodwishes.com for no ingredients, but I will write a little something. So check it out! And as always, enjoy!