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What is Paella and How Do You Cook Paella Recipes?

Paella cooking in carbon steel paella pan with rice paella recipe.

If you are looking for an easy and new recipe to add to your arsenal in the kitchen, then paella is a great choice. While you may have heard of the dish or eaten it before, few people know exactly what paella is. Well, we at Machika are here to answer that question. Paella is a Spanish dish that has a long and proud history throughout Spain. In fact, paella is considered the dish of choice in many areas throughout Valencia and other areas of Spain. It is a dish that represents that represents the history of culture of Spain, not just a delicious recipe you can cook at home.

However, paella has grown outside of Spain throughout the decades and is now loved by people around the globe. The simplicity of the dish, along with its unique flavors and texture keeps bringing people back! Paella is not a single dish either, it simply refers to several dishes that are cooked similarly with a special pan. Paellas can come in all shapes and ingredients. You could make a personal chicken chorizo paella or a family size seafood paella. Now that you know a bit about what paella is, the next question most people have is “how do you make it”?

How to Cook Paella

Cooking paella is not an immense challenge when you have the right tools. One of the most important tools you will need is a real paella pan from Valencia, Spain. These pans are specifically made for cooking delicious paella easily. The dish requires everything to be cooked in the same pan. If you are not using an authentic paella pan, you may have trouble getting the right texture and flavors. Besides a paella pan, you simply need a burner large enough to heat the pan. Real carbon steel paella pans are nearly completely flat so they will sit almost flat on most surfaces. However, a paella burner is best since it fits larger pans compared to a kitchen stove.

Cooking paella involves cooking all your ingredients at different times with a single pan, so the pan makes an enormous difference. The next thing you will need is saffron. While the other ingredients are relatively inexpensive (depending on the recipe), saffron is more expensive and unique. You may have trouble finding it at a local market also since it is not an ingredient that is not common to most recipes. You will also want to make sure you get the right rice. Paella uses short grain rice, usually bomba rice.

Where to Buy Paella Pans

Machika enameled paella pan with seafood paella in pan, shrimps, shellfish, slices of lemon on top.

If you are looking for real paella pans, then you are already in the right place. At the Machika Store, we sell premium quality paella pans imported from Valencia, Spain. We do not cut corners by using cheaper materials or inauthentic pans. You can purchase nearly a dozen various sizes to fit your kitchen and cooking needs. If you do not need a large pan for parties, you can purchase smaller, personal sized paella pans. With free shipping on orders over $25 throughout the United States, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal!

Types of Paella Pans

Paella pans typically come in two forms, carbon steel or enameled steel. Both do the job and are perfect for making paella but have some minor differences. Enameled pans are treated with an enameled coating that makes them non-stick, but slightly more expensive. However, they do have other benefits. For example, enameled pans do not rust if the enamel layer is not damaged. Carbon steel pans need to be treated after cleaning to avoid rusting. Carbon steel pans are the traditional pans, while enamel ones came later as the process became easier. At Machika, we sell both carbon steel and enameled paella pans.

Find Simple Paella Recipes and Premium Kitchenware at Machika Today!

At Machika, we love being part of your family and kitchen. That is why we strive to provide you with the resources you need to get started cooking and falling in love with the culinary. Cooking is not only a great stress reliever, but it also brings families and friends together like nothing else. If you are looking for paella pans or a gift for a friend, then Machika has your back. You can purchase our authentic paella pans by clicking the link here or buy a premium bamboo charcuterie board by clicking here.

Machika writer Maria Perez, blog writer; paella pans, paella recipes, cooking recipes, food articles, and more.

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