Top tips when you're out and about
Top Grilling Tips
Keep it clean
Warm the grill to make removing grease and food easier. Once the coals are lit and the grate starts to heat up, use a long-handled wire brush on your grill to clean off any leftover food or grease. Don’t forget to scrape it again immediately after use. You’ll be ready for your next grill in no time.
Oil it up
Whether your grill is clean or dirty, lean foods with little fat may still stick to your grill. Apply oil to food using a pair of tongs and a piece of paper/kitchen towel soaked in vegetable oil to keep it from sticking. Never apply oil directly from the bottle or from a spray, as this can cause unwanted flames and even smoke.
Make food safe
Don’t forget food hygiene outdoors when cooking. Remember to have separate plates for raw and cooked meat, different chopping boards for vegetables, etc. Also make sure to keep your food in the fridge for as long as possible and keep marinating meats in there, too.
Flames flare up from your grill when fat drips onto the heat source and catches fire. This can char the outside of the food before the inside is cooked through. To reduce flare-ups, select lean cuts of meat, trim excess fat and remove the skins from poultry. As an added safety measure, it’s a good idea to keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby to quickly douse any flare-up.
Bacteria in undercooked food can ruin a great event. That’s why it’s essential to make sure that your grill is at optimum temperature for killing any bugs and thoroughly cooking your food. A food thermometer is a great way to make sure your food cooks to the right temperature. Alternatively, you can pierce the food with a fork to allow the heat to cook the inside of the food faster.
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