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Jun 5, 2008 07:09 AM

Water Broiling Pan

I recently heard about a broiler pan that claims to cook smoke-free because water in the pan below the rack prevents the smoking that normally occurs when you oven-broil. If this really works, I'd be willing to cook fish indoors -- something that I no longer do because the odor lingers in the house for days. Does anyone have any first-hand experience with this pan?

By the way, I think the manufacturer's claim that it works great as a roasting pan, too, is just marketing hype. The pan drippings that might be used for gravy are nonexistent. I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this pan.

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  1. Other that the round shape and the type of "rack" for the top portion of the pan -- it doesn't differ in principle at all from the free roasting pan that comes with almost every new mainstream stove I've ever seen. Just pour some water in the bottom portion of yours and experiment.. if you like it and want that more grill like top portion configuration, but can live with a rectangular shape over round: Target has a chefmate broiling pan that should do the same thing for you.

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    1. re: karmalaw

      I believe the design of the rack and the 18/8 stainless steel that the rack is made of are important here. The Target Chefmate looks pretty much like every roasting/broiler pan I've ever owned, free and otherwise.

      1. re: CindyJ

        They apparently re-did the model from the last time I looked at it -- before it had a top-rack the same as the "water broiler" -- and I can think of no reason why "broiling water" in the stainless-steel would be any advanatge over any other pan that could withstand broiler heat.

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          1. This cookware does all it claims. I ordered these products in December 2008 as a "Christmas present" for myself! Love broiled food and always cursed the smoke detector going off as well as the cooked on mess! Now, I don't have either problem. I have done Salmon but even better, I broiled my first filet from Omaha Steaks on it yesterday and found both the FLAVOR and TENDERNESS of the meat was so much better. I had to notify the folks at Omaha Steaks to let their chef know how much better indoor broiling of their products is when using this cookware! I could cut it with a butter knife and found it to be the best steak I've ever eaten.