Also known as a broiler roaster, oven roaster or oven broiling pan, this piece of cookware is used to broil foods in the oven such as steaks, roasts, or various cuts of meat, poultry and vegetables. Typically constructed of stainless steel or heavy gauge steel with a black porcelain enamel, Broiler Pans consist of two sections, a low walled pan section and an upper cooking surface that is the broiler plate lid. The cooking surface or lid, which contains open slits and small holes, holds the food as it broils while the pan below catches the drippings. Since the lid has only minimal openings, it keeps the hot grease and drippings contained within the pan so they don't flare up and burn the bottom of the food as it broils. With cooking surfaces that generally range from 6 to 12 inches in width and with 10 to 18 inches in length, the Broiler Pan can be sized to fit a variety of ovens as well as a variety of different cooking tasks.
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