Whats Cooking

Ever since man discovered fire and how to control cooking — rather than having to wait for a passing thunderbolt — the human race has generally relied on three simple ways of heating food:

1 An open flame: You hold the food directly over — or under — the flame or put the food on a griddle on top of the flame. The electric heating coil is a 20th-century variation on the open flame.

  • Hot air: You put the food in a closed box (an oven) and heat the air in the oven to create high-temperature dry heat.
  • Hot liquid: You submerge the food in hot liquid or suspend the food over the liquid so that it cooks in the steam escaping from the surface.

Cooking food in a wrapper such as aluminum foil combines two methods: open fire (the grill) or hot air (the oven) plus the steam from the food's own juices (hot liquid).

Here are the basic methods used to cook food with heat generated by fire or

an electric coil:

Open Flame

Hot Air

Hot Liquid

Broiling

Baking

Boiling

Grilling

Roasting

Deep-frying

Toasting

Poaching

Simmering

Steaming

Stewing

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