The Door is Ajar
November 20, 2012 6:35 PM Subscribe
My mother thinks I am a crazy person who will burn his house down because I don't leave the oven door slightly ajar when I use the broiler setting in my (gas) oven. Is she right?
posted by Mad_Carew to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The manual for the stove says keep it closed.
The internet suggests that there are other reasons to keep the door open, including that it allows moisture to escape so that the food doesn't boil, that it prevents the broiler from cycling off when the oven gets too hot, that Alton Brown said so, that it reminds cooks that they have something in the oven, and that it only applies to Electric stoves.
The internet being what it is, it's unclear how much weight to apply to the various answers.
So, door closed vs. door open: is is safer, tastier, smarter, or not an issue?