Recently, while scroll through Facebook I came upon a conversation that stemmed from a video depicting the girlfriend telling the boyfriend “I want my sandwich toasted not grilled” and his reply was “but there is no difference and she “said yes there is a difference”. In the comment section someone said they never knew there is a difference between the two style of cooking and my reply was YES there is a difference between TOASTING and GRILLING.
To toast a slice of bread means that the bread is browned by exposure to radiant heat. This browning is the result of a Maillard reaction, altering the flavour of the bread, bagel, or English muffins as well as making it firmer so that it is easier to spread your desired toppings. In fact, toasting is a common method of making stale bread fresh again. Then, there is Melba toast, Texas toast, and French toast. In addition, to toasted nuts. Toasting is generally done in an oven call a toaster oven, or an electrical appliance with heating elements.
Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat that is applied to the surface of the food, commonly from above or below. This usually involves a significant amount of direct, radiant heat that is usually used for cooking meats or vegetables quickly. Similar to a frying pan, but with raised ridges to mimic the wires of an open grill, or griddle. Direct heat grilling can expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F). The Maillard reaction only occurs when foods reach temperatures in excess of 155 °C (310 °F). Grilling is often a healthier substitute to frying, however the fat and the juiciness of the meat can be lost by grilling.
You can grill meat and set bread on the grill plates thus toasting the bread at the same time.
Jeanette R M Marcelle, MBA BA (Hons)