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What pans do you like for broiling?


paulraphael
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We're finally getting a new range, and it will be the first time I've ever had anything with a useable broiler. What do you like to broil in? 

 

I have the ugly generic enameled broiler pan that shipped with our current range (probably 40+ years ago). These just seem like messy things to clean.

 

I assumed there would be a standard heavy wire rack that would sit in a half-sheet pan for this purpose. But when I search for things like commercial broiler rack I get nothing. There are some similar things called baking racks that double as cooling racks. Not sure what the real intent is. It seems like in restaurants they just slide a pan or sizzle platter under the salamander and call it done. Is this the best approach? If I need nothing, so much the better.

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I like broiling. Grew up with enameled PITA one for the many times a week steaks. I use a heavy sheet pan with the foil crinkled up if I want to elevate the broilee. Big fan of minimal cleanup. Have fun playing. Our 99 Cent store sells 25ft grilling foil (wide as a sheet pan) for 99 cents. Regular works too. Should you use the enameled pan my mom's trick was immediately sprinkle with Ajax/Comet and set damp paper towels on top. Wipe clean with ease. Do collects the liquid from the under pan first for enriching things.

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2 hours ago, paulraphael said:

It seems like in restaurants they just slide a pan or sizzle platter under the salamander and call it done. Is this the best approach

 

I pretty much think this is it. Or your other method with a rack in a half or quarter sheet pan.

 

2 hours ago, paulraphael said:

I assumed there would be a standard heavy wire rack that would sit in a half-sheet pan for this purpose. But when I search for things like commercial broiler rack I get nothing.

 

Just checked the broiler rack that came with my range. It's as you suggest above...I should probably use it.

 

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11 hours ago, weinoo said:

I should probably use it

Why break the habit of a lifetime? Think of the resale on that shiny piece of kit.

 

Have you deprived yourself? No.

 

Keep it clean as a badge of honour.

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