pan for

pan for (something)

To attempt to find mineral deposits of precious metals (especially gold) by using a pan to separate them from the sand or stones in a river- or streambed. I heard he struck it rich panning for gold in the Rocky Mountains.
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pan for something

to search for a precious metal, usually gold, by using a pan to locate the bits of metal in sand and gravel in a stream bed. When I was in Alaska, I panned for gold in a little stream set aside for tourists. The old prospector spent many hours panning for gold.
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This rich, flavorful chicken and tomato special, courtesy of Janina Raella 'Ninay' Zamora, the young proprietor and barista of Arc and Vine Cafe in Makati (Facebook Arc and Vine Cafe, Instagram @arcandvine), requires only one pan for sauteing, frying, simmering as well as reducing wine.
Cover the pan for about 5 minutes, allowing the stalks to simmer until they're softer (but still with a bright-green color).
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Milk pan -'Always useful to have a small pan for making sauces.'
Beware that the dotted area of the handle (an ill-advised design feature) gets hot if you use the pan for a long time.
SHOPPER Jacqueline Pilling could hardly believe her eyes when she used her new frying pan for the first time - it served up a green egg!
The perfect pan for one cook may drive another cook crazy.