My first encounter with an oven broiler was when I was three years old. For some reason, I thought my dad’s trophy collection needed to be heated. You can probably imagine how well that turned out. It took a few years of trying — and burning stuff — before I became good at using the broiler as an adult. If used correctly, it can become a handy tool in your cooking arsenal. Here are some tips that will get you broiling the right way, without years of trial and error. First, locate it There are two different kinds of broilers you’ll encounter in a home oven. One is located inside of the oven and the other is located inside a drawer underneath the oven. If your oven is electric, your broiler will typically be inside of your oven. Take a peak. If there are heating coils on the top and the bottom of the oven, then you have an in-oven broiler. If you have an oven heated with natural gas, the broiler is usually the drawer below the oven. To be sure, pull open the door. There will be a broiler pan (a two-piece metal pan with slits in the top) if the drawer is a broiler. Some gas models have broilers inside instead, so look at the oven’s ceiling if you can’t find it. What to broil No matter if you have a drawer-type broiler or one in your oven, they work the same. The oven provides heat that surround… [Read full story]
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