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Started by Tinymcsmithy on Sep 29, 2021 4:44:50 AM
Why won’t my grilled cheese go brown and crispy

It just seems to go bubbly under the grill.

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elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 06:26:36 (#1 of 172)

Were you using a low fat 'cheese'?

Tinymcsmithy - 29 Sep 2021 07:13:19 (#2 of 172)

No, ordinary big fat cheddar.

Tinymcsmithy - 29 Sep 2021 07:13:49 (#3 of 172)

Could the heat be too high?

Moschops - 29 Sep 2021 07:20:32 (#4 of 172)

Not high enough I would guess, but I prefer my cheese to be oozy

Tinymcsmithy - 29 Sep 2021 07:23:03 (#5 of 172)

I grill it on full blast usually, that’s why I wondered if it should go lower.

Tinymcsmithy - 29 Sep 2021 07:23:26 (#6 of 172)

Also filth.

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 07:27:31 (#7 of 172)

I sometimes (usually) do my 'grilled' cheese in the microwave, and usually achieve a pleasing mix of molten goo and crisp top from which the fat has oozed away. Good on toast, good on baked beans, excellent on beans on toast.

dottie30 - 29 Sep 2021 07:46:52 (#8 of 172)

Probably best not to use Roquefort.

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 07:49:15 (#9 of 172)

dunno, melted Roquefort on sliced Conference pears is about to be in season, and is always wonderful.

dottie30 - 29 Sep 2021 07:53:32 (#10 of 172)

Unlikely to go 'brown and crispy' though.

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 07:56:40 (#11 of 172)

very true

browserbutton - 29 Sep 2021 08:02:10 (#12 of 172)

Here's a scientific explanation -- how to achieve a Mullard reaction.

https://oureverydaylife.com/cheeses-brown-placed-under-heat-26772.html

'high heat causes amino acids and simple sugars to rearrange in a pattern that reflects brown light'

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 08:09:12 (#13 of 172)

Which is why the microwave works so well. I do use grated cheese - I'm one of those idle people people who buy it ready grated for cooking.

angelico - 29 Sep 2021 08:09:23 (#14 of 172)

tsk

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 08:10:16 (#15 of 172)

I know, it's shocking.

angelico - 29 Sep 2021 08:11:50 (#16 of 172)

Bad elderberry

elderberry - 29 Sep 2021 09:20:10 (#17 of 172)

What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed



it does make it very easy to add a little grated cheese at the last minute. Can even be stored in the freezer if you're afraid of not eating it fast enough.

JohnIlly - 29 Sep 2021 08:24:40 (#18 of 172)

Use Lancashire Crumbly, not Cheddar.

Tinymcsmithy - 29 Sep 2021 10:24:15 (#19 of 172)

But I like cheddar. Is it not possible to brown it?

breakfast - 29 Sep 2021 10:27:03 (#20 of 172)

Use a blow torch after you’ve grilled it.

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