Heating Pans If you want to sear meats properly, you need to make sure your pan is sufficiently heated. Don't just turn on the heat and toss the meat in and pray. Depending on the thickness of your pan and the type of meat, you might need to heat a pan for 5 to 10 minutes on medium-high heat to get a really good sear. Add oil after the pan is heated.
My Favorite Pan My favorite pan is a twenty dollar cast iron pan. I remember vividly how my step-father coveted his iron pan and warned us about not using soap to clean it. Seasoned and maintained properly, an iron pan can last forever. It is better than any non stick pan and far more durable. It's thick base holds heat better than any pan in my arsenal and prevents food from burning by dispersing the heat.
If you love Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point then you definitely have to try Watermelon Dorado. You absolutely taste the watermelon up front but it's not a sugary processed watermelon. The back end is the double IPA bitterness you like in a well designed IPA like Dorado. It's really a great pairing, likely to become a standard like Grapefruit Sculpin! I was a little skeptical, thinking it was a gimmick that wouldn't last. However, I'm still enjoying it even after my fourth one over a couple weeks time.