Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Sloped pan

Get that water out of there!
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The archetypcal pan is flat. One problem with flat pans is, after they are good and hot, placement of food objects cools them down. A big component of this is water which leaves the food object and then cools the pan surface to 100C as it boils away. That means cooking your food at 100C which amounts to steaming it.

How to get the water out of the way and cook on hot metal? You could pour it off but then everything else tumbles out. You could spoon it out, somewhat.

I propose the sloped pan. The cooking surface is a very gentle slope. At the edge is a reservoir. This reservoir is connected to the pan but via a ceramic insulator, so ideally the juice reservoir is off the heat surface and less hot than the cook surface. The bottom of the pan is flat like a typical pan to maximize interaction with cooktop below.

Liberated juices flow down to reservoir and remain, for later use if desired. The pan surface can concentrate its energy on food bits and not squander it boiling water.

bungston, Jan 24 2016

Notice the entire grill is sloped. https://www.youtube...watch?v=XJxKFOOWkMg
The eggs roll toward you. [popbottle, Jan 26 2016]

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       Isn't this what those George Harrison griddle thingies are supposed to do ?
8th of 7, Jan 24 2016
  

       Perhaps you could simply put a lid over that pan. But that is WKTE, so doesn't count here.... :)
Vernon, Jan 24 2016
  

       George Harrison, don't you mean George Clooney?
RayfordSteele, Jan 24 2016
  

       /lid/ I am not upset at the steam. I do not like that the heat of the pan is expended in making it rather than searing the food.
bungston, Jan 24 2016
  

       //don't you mean George Clooney?//   

       That's coffee machines, isn't it ?
8th of 7, Jan 24 2016
  

       //It was a ukulele. //   

       They go to all the trouble of making and advertising millions of grilling machines without using the phrase "Turned out nice again!". It's one of life's eternal mysteries, like what happened to Chanel and Mambos 1-4.
bs0u0155, Jan 25 2016
  
      
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