I saw this on Chef Paul Prudhomme's TV show. He said to stir the food in the oil, then drain the oil off, then place into a skillet. This was his suggestion. He wanted to fry up some cubed ham in a frying pan prior to making an omelette. So he poured oil over the mound of cubed ham and mentioned that it should have been in a larger bowl so it could be stirred for better coating. I'd imagine that you should also drain the ham into a colander prior to putting into a pan to get off the excess oil. He pointed out that the ham in the skillet wasn't sitting in a puddle of oil which would have burnt in the outer edges of the pan where the food wasn't located.
I use a spray like Pam and maybe a drop or two of olive oil to sautee vegies and if more oil is needed, I substitute water. Works great.
That still sounds like a bunch of oil.
Professional cooks and those of us who learn from them know to heat up our pan first, then add oil and heat it up before putting any food in it.
And no, I dont use non stick cookware--it sucks.
Ham, unless it is fat free ham(yeckk) will have a certain amount of it's own fat that will render while cooking in the pan.
You should have heard the latest about HAM on Christian Nutrition News: The reports from Dr. J. Rubin, say that the reasons the Holy Bible says we should not eat pork if we can avoid it, is because:
1) Hogs eat anything, including malignant and non-
malignant tumors/diseased waste. (this makes
me wonder about the disposal of human
organs after surgeries and upon death!)
2) Pork is the ONLY meat that decomposes from
the inside OUT because it is so high in harmful
3) When a hog dies, one can press on the center
of it's hoofs and green pus will always ooze out.
4) Because hogs eat waste often from the plates
of anyone who eats out at restaurants, it
contains the human contaminants from all who
might be too ill to cook and eat out, leaving
their germs in the foods from which they were
eating. Hogs eat out of the dirt and from the
ground and also wallow in mud all day long,
if they are able.
5) Many farmers add nitrates/nitrites to the hog
feed making it harmful and contributing to pre-
6) Last Aug. the FDA APPROVED VIRAL
ADULTERATIOINS FOR OUR FOOD SUPPLY
beginning with a virus cocktail on hot dogs,
Sausages, sliced turkey, and chicken. They
have betrayed the citizens, according to Truth
in Wellness doctors. I don't know if this link will
be available but you can try:
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