What is infrared technology and how can it be used in grills?
Infrared technology comprises of the use of light frequencies which we cannot see but can certainly feel in the form of heat. This technology can and has been used in multiple areas, including cooking food. Where conventional grilling processes and appliances dry up the food by heating up the air surrounding it, infrared technology based grills strike the food’s molecules making them vibrate. This helps create heat inside the food, which, in turn, cooks the food evenly and perfectly every single time.
How are Infrared waves created inside the grill?
A simple propane burner heats up the air beneath the infrared emitter. This convective hot air heats up the infrared emitter before escaping out from the backside of the grill. The emitter keeps getting hotter and hotter and starts to release infrared heat waves. Thus, Infrared grills are based on principle of converting Convection heat into Infrared heat. The Infrared emitter is actually separable but it should be kept in place every time the grill is used. This helps keep
the burner and ignition systems devoid of grease and food.
What are the advantages of Infrared grills over conventional grills?
Natural cooking– Infrared grills are as natural as the sun’s heat and since they do not heat up the air surrounding the food, as is the case of traditional rotisserie grilling, you end up with moist and juicy steaks or burgers every single time.
Less drying– All kinds of meats which we normally use for grilling have an outermost moisture saturated boundary layer. This layer needs to be dried and shrunk during conventional grilling methods, (otherwise, the heat cannot reach the center of the meat). In case of Infrared technology, the infrared rays easily reach the food without disturbing the moisture saturated layer of the meat. This results in juicier and more flavorful food as compared to conventional grilling techniques. It is no wonder that more and more steak restaurants are using such means of grilling.
Better control– Open flame gas grills which homeowners normally use in their backyards get tend to get extremely hot and one does not have much control over the temperature. On the other hand, modern gas infrared grills allow us to control temperature in three ways: cooking zone settings, burner settings/ numbers as well as through lid positioning. Thus, for example, you can choose to ignite fewer burners in order to lower the temperature. Likewise, you can also adjust the lid positioning to evenly cook the meat and reduce chances of flare ups.
Faster cooking-Infrared grills help you cook faster as compared to open flame grills. This is an important point to note so that you can adjust the cooking time and check the food more frequently in the beginning. With experience, you will understand how to set the times and cook the food perfectly.
More with less– Another major advantage of using Infrared grilling technology is that you will have to make fewer trips to the propane refilling stations. This is mainly due to the fact that you achieve hotter temperatures and can do more in one session as compared to most conventional grills.
Reduced Flare-ups- Perhaps the biggest advantage of Infrared grills when compared to open flame grilling is the reduced number of flare ups. Flare ups are a major fire hazards in open flame grills; every time the grease falls on the burner’s flame, you end up burning your food and cooking it unevenly. The lack of flare-ups in the Infrared grills ensures that your food is evenly and perfectly cooked all the time.
Thus, there are numerous advantages of Infrared grills as compared to normal open flame or conventional grilling systems.