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DIY for the Win: Homemade Broiler Pan

Earlier today I decided that an excellent dinner would be a steak, as my plans for tomorrow include stopping by the Red Cross and donating blood.

Since I sometimes tend to have low iron, I spent most of the day (when I had a second to breathe at work– it was a rare super-ridiculously busy day for me) planning out the best and quickest way to bump up my iron levels. Luckily I work next to a grocery store, so on my lunch break I visited the meat department– one of my least favorite places in the store– and picked up a steak to prepare later.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized not only have I never cooked a steak for myself that was on a grill, but that my kitchen is lacking a real broiler pan.

I should have taken a picture of this with the steak on it, but it smelled too good once it was cooked to not eat it right away. Also, I put a sheet of aluminum foil down to save on cleanup.

I should have taken a picture of this with the steak on it, but it smelled too good once it was cooked to not eat it right away. Also, I put a sheet of aluminum foil down to save on cleanup.

Unable to admit defeat without even trying I google-imaged what a broiler pan looks like and decided that with the use of a regular cookie sheet and the rack from my toaster oven, I could make my own broiler pan. For free, which is always a good thing.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of such an invention, but at the time I felt pretty darn proud of myself for such quick thinking.

When it came time to actually put the silly steak in the oven, I realized that my inexperience with using a broiler meant that I wasn’t sure how exactly to set my oven to the correct temperature or setting, but after a few minutes of fiddling with the knobs I finally managed to get it hot enough to cook (or char broil) my dinner.

Next time I have the craving for steak I might just put it off until I can make arrangements to either eat at a restaurant, or make plans with a friend/family member who has a grill and will cook me dinner.

Hopefully my iron intake will be enough to counteract the effects that my recent coffee addiction has caused (I am currently on day 2 of “life without coffee” again, and while it’s a bit of struggle, I think everything will be okay).

Have you ever had to improvise something like my broiler pan at the last-minute?

One Response

  1. melanie says:

    Good job on the redneck engineering….

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