For those of you who love to cook, new tips and techniques to improve your cooking are always welcome. Be it trying out bold recipes, rarely used ingredients, strong condiments, or new cooking styles, only a food enthusiast will be eager to know more. One such technique that every epicure must-try is cooking on infrared grills, which is now hot and trending in some of the backyards. This will article answers the question; how does an infrared grill work?
Infrared Energy and Grills
Infrared energy is that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, where the wavelength is more than visible light. You cannot see it but only feel it when it touches the surface. It does not penetrate the surface but only grazes it. This principle is used in infrared cooking. Food is cooked by transferring intense energy onto its surface, resulting in quick and even heating.
So how does an Infrared Grill work?
The working principle of an infrared grill is that it transforms direct heat into intense infrared energy to cook food. The rack consists of special grates made up of a heating element, which could be metallic or ceramic. The heat generated is then radiated to the food, which does not heat the air around it but only the food. Thus, infrared cooking proves to be energy efficient. That is basically how an infrared grill works.
Upon turning the grill ON, the heating element heats the plate to a maximum of 1,200 degrees F. The average temperature of the lower grates reaches around 800 degrees F. While the upper parts reach about 500 degrees F. All of this happens within three minutes, thus saving on both power and cooking time.
Once the heat reaches the lower grate, it is converted into high-velocity energy stored in the heating element. The heat then transfers to the upper grills through infrared radiation and heats the food in the process. The process also ensures no energy is lost.
For what it’s worth, the grease or the fat that falls off the meat while cooking does not get collected in the machine nor catches fire. Instead, it merely vaporizes due to the intense heat into an aerosol and escapes into the atmosphere. This feature saves time while cleaning the equipment.
Further, cooking on an infrared grill ensures that the steak sizzles on the grate carving clear sear marks, unlike the traditional grills where your steak becomes charred. The process helps in locking the flavor and up to 35% of the juices present in the food, thus preventing food from drying up. Check out our other guide on how to cook the perfect steak!
Advantages of Using Infrared Grills
- It reduces the cooking time drastically compared to traditional grills.
- It is also efficient in terms of the power consumed.
- Heating is intense and even across all the grates, which results in a culinary wonder.
- It results in premium-quality, restaurant-style food that you can savor in your very own backyard. Food cooked is rich in flavor and texture.
- It is also easy to clean and maintain the grill after every use, as you will not find any ash or fat deposits to scrub it clean.
Infrared Grill Cooking Tips
Before you set out cooking on an infrared grill, here are some tips that will help you get better results.
- Always plan the menu.
- Organize the food based on the cooking technique and time required.
- When cooking meat, spray each piece with a coating of high-heat canola oil.
- Use fresh meat. The sear marks that appear are a sign of a picture-perfect grill, and this happens only when you use a fresh portion of the grill.
- Always cook the meat thoroughly on one side before you turn it over.
- For a smokey flavor, cover the steak or burger patty for some time.
- Brush the glazes and sauces only during the final 10 minutes of the cooking.
Now that you know the basics of how an infrared grill works and its benefits, it is time to put your apron on and try cooking on it to taste the results yourself. Only then will you understand what all the buzz is about infrared grills. Why not have a look at some of our grill reviews!