Nearly all ovens have a broiler mode or a separate broiler included in their designs, but despite how prevalent broilers are, many people are hesitant to use them. This is unfortunate, because broiling can create very flavourful dishes when performed correctly.
Unlike baking, the heat from broiling comes from the top of the oven and involves the use of very high temperatures. The intense heat and location of the heat source helps to seal moisture inside of meats and is also perfect for getting casseroles the perfect shade of golden on top.
Here are some tips that can help you broil successfully every time:
- Place your oven racks in the correct position. Most recipes that require broiling will spell out how many centimeters from the heating element the food should be placed. It’s important that you place your racks in the ideal position to adhere to these guidelines. If your food is too close to the broiler element, the outside will get done too quickly, and if it’s too far away, you’ll lose the benefits of the intense heat.
- Monitor your food closely. Broiling is not a set-it-and-leave-it cooking mode. You’ll need to keep a close eye on how the cooking is progressing, as foods can quickly go from done to burned due to the intense heat.
- Use a meat thermometer. When you broil, the exterior of meats may appear done before the interior is finished. Use a thermometer to ensure that poultry, pork and fish are cooked through and that beef and lamb have been prepared to the ideal done-ness. Remember to insert an analogue meat thermometer before you begin cooking.
- Read your owner’s manual. Broilers can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from model to model. Check out your owner’s manual for tips on whether or not to keep the door open while you broil, what knobs or buttons to use to start broiling and other information.
If you find that your broiler is consistently burning foods no matter what you try or that it produces poor cooking results overall, call us here at Matic Service. We can give it a check-up to make sure it’s in good working order.