Broiling pans often come with a new oven or can be purchased at many cooking and gourmet food stores. Broiling pans consist of a flat, baking tray like surface with holes for grease and fat to drip into a pan underneath. They are used in the bottom part of the oven so the heat is conducted above the food.
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A roasting pan is a large deep pot, sometimes oval, sometimes square. It is designed for roasting meats or vegetables in the oven. You can use a roasting pan to broil foods, provided there is enough room for the roasting pan in the grill section of the oven. If you are cooking a large cut of meat, and want the fats to drip away as they would in a broiling pan, you can fill the bottom of the pan with root vegetables like carrots, onions, potatoes, turnips and rutabaga. The vegetables will cook in the moisture and fat of the meats, seasoned by the flavours of the meat. The vegetables can be served as a side dish. If you do not want to use vegetables, make balls of aluminium foil and line the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the meat on top of the foil balls and cook. You also can purchase wire or metal racks to sit in the bottom of the roasting pan. You can then place the meat on top of the rack.
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You may be able to use a baking tray in place of a broiling pan. Before using a baking tray, check the manufacturer’s instructions to verify the maximum temperature that the pan can withstand. Broiling is a very hot process, often reaching 260 to 287 degrees C. Your pan can warp or melt if it cannot withstand such temperatures. If it can withstand the heat, you can place your meat on the sheet. If you have a wire cooling rack that can withstand the heat, place that on the sheet and put the meat on the rack. Broil the food according to your recipe.
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Cast Iron Pan
A heavy cast iron or stainless steel pan also can be used in a grill. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to verify the heat threshold. You also need to make sure that the pan does not have metal or plastic handles that can melt under the heat of the grill. Remember you can use vegetables or foil balls to raise the meat off the bottom of the pan.