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Definition: Basting a technique for moistening the surface of roasting meat, roasted chicken or other roasted items, with pan drippings, stock, butter or some other liquid. In addition to preserving moisture, basting adds flavor to the surface of the meat.

Basting is usually accomplished by using a basting spoon or basting brush (compare prices) to apply the liquid to the meat.

Some chefs prefer not to baste, because it requires opening the door of the oven each time, which lowers the oven temperature and interferes with cooking.
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