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Old 04-29-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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What is broiling?

Hi, I have got some recipes that require broiling. What is broiling, and how do I broil in an oven?

Is it an alternate to deep frying? I feel so awkward asking these silly questions but I have been avoiding recipes that needs broiling for so long, but now I feel I should ask and be a fool for 5 minutes than for a lifetime.

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Old 04-29-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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Here is a link to FoodNetwork which explains broiling vs grilling which should answer your question:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/ck_c...702280,00.html

Here is a link to HowStuffWorks which also explains broiling:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/question228.htm
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Old 04-30-2006, 07:18 PM   #3
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Sunflower, the only silly question is the one you dont ask Feel free to ask questions on here. We all learn from each other. Not sure what type of oven you have, but with mine I can broil or bake. When I broil things, I use a broiling pan which allows grease to drip off, making for a healthier meal. It's similar to using an outdoor grill because it cooks your food at a high temperature. Deep fat frying contains the fat, whereas broiling allows the fat to drip off. Hope that answered your question.
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:52 PM   #4
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Thanks, Amber. I have to dig out our oven's instruction manual and see what it says. So broiling makes the food crispy without the extra fat of deep frying?
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:03 PM   #5
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On your oven you should have a switch that says bake, off and broil. There is an element on the bottom of your oven for baking and an element up top for broiling. It basically cooks the top of your food, say a casserole with a crispy topping, for instance.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:33 PM   #6
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As Aurora's links explain, broiling and grilling are basically the same except for where the flame is. With grilling, the flame is below the food. With broiling, the flame is above the food.

With both these methods, you get high direct heat that crisps, browns and cooks. With roasting, a different (usually) heat source provides more indirect heat to cook foods at a lower temperature.
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Old 05-01-2006, 12:43 AM   #7
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Thank God this was posted! (I'm clueless on this subject as well!)
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:44 PM   #8
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To go a step further, broiling is a method of cooking whereby the heat source is above the food. Heat is transfered to the food solely by infra-red radiation rather than by convection or conduction. TEmperature control is obtained by controlling the temperature of the heat source, and by moving the food closer or further away from the heat source.

Broiling is usually done on a pan which is designed to allow grease to fall away and into a contained space. This elliminates popping grease and ignition of that grease into flame. Broiling is used where a dry, high heat is required to sear and caramelize the food surface by the time the center is heated sufficiently.

Grilling is a technique where the heat source is located under the food. It is essentially the same as broiling, but produces the famous "Grilled" flavor as the hot crease drips onto the heat source (charcoal, ceramic bricks, or metallic baffles) and produces smoke which deposits itself onto the food. Again, the heat is transfered to the food by intense infra-red radiation. Because grilling produces substantial amounts of smoke, most stoves and ovens don't have grills built into them. You would seriously smoke up you house. Of course there are models like the Jen-Air stoves with down draft ventillation systems that will draw sufficient air into them to elliminate the smoke from your home. And those large, flat heating surfaces called grills in restaurant kitchens are really just giant skillets without sides. They cook by conduction.

And that, my freind, is the difference between grillilng and broiling. Oh, and hte heat source can be electrick coils, or a gas flame for either. But I don't think you will find a charcoal boiler. You'd end up with such a mess of ashes.

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Thanks, Amber. I have to dig out our oven's instruction manual and see what it says. So broiling makes the food crispy without the extra fat of deep frying?
Exactly
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Wow!! Thanks guys... and Corazon90, there IS a setting in my oven that says Broil (Hi and Lo) and I looked inside the oven and there's a coil on the top !! Never noticed those before .

Anyway, I am going to search some broiling recipes and try them out.
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