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Broiler Basics: Why - And How - You Should Be Broilers

Do you love your broiler You should! It's the key to quick, tasty meals. As with grilling, grilling uses high, direct heat to cook food quickly and give it a tasty, browned crust. But you can grill in your kitchen, whatever the weather. If your broiler isn't seeing a lot of action, try our tips - we think it will become your new favorite.

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• Getting to know your broiler: Unlike ovens, broilers often only have two settings: “On” and “Off” (sometimes called “High” and “Low”). Different broilers heat to different temperatures, and gas models tend to run hotter than electric. The distance between the rack and the heating element also affects how fast the food cooks. This means that you have to take the recipes' cooking times with a grain of salt, keep an eye on the food, and move the rack to a lower position if the food is browning too quickly or higher if it is too slow.

• The great thing about grilling is that it's so quick - but that also means it's easy to burn food if you're distracted. Do not go! Watch the food as it cooks or try setting a timer in one- or two-minute increments as a reminder to be in control. When your oven light lights the broiler, stop so you can see what is happening.

• Think thin: steaks, pork chops, fish fillets, and chicken schnitzel are all great in a broiler. If the cuts are too thick, they can burn before cooking through.

• Make sure you preheat the broiler so the food gets hot when you get in. We also love preheating the pan; This ensures really good searing on foods like steak.

• Bring food to room temperature before grilling to cook more evenly. And pat the food dry, remove marinade or moisture before cooking.

• As soon as the grill compartment has cooled down sufficiently, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any splashes. That way, you won't let the chaos arise - and you will be ready for your next barbecue dinner.

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