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Grilling Tips

BBQ and Grilling Tips

Whether you want to barbeque or grill, these little golden rules for healthy eating and grill safety apply either way: 

  • Before using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes before grilling. This prevents them from burning.

  • Keep a shaker of seasoning next to your grill. Don't forget to season your grilled food well to create flavorful meals.

  • Choose long-handled cooking tools to avoid burns and splatters. A basic grill kit should include long tongs for turning the foods, a stiff-wire brush for cleaning the grill, a mop brush for saucing foods, a large offset spatula for moving delicate items, and a pair of elbow-length grill gloves for protection. Apron, optional.

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Michal Zacharzewski
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In addition, you should follow these tips for keeping your grilled food healthy:

  • Trim the fat.

  • Choose lean meats to grill. Less fat means less dripping down into the flames, which cuts down on flare-ups. Remove the skin from poultry.

  • Grill veggies. Try marinated vegetables on a skewer, on the grilling tray or wrapped in foil. Grilled fruit also makes a sweet, healthful dessert.

  • Wrap it up. Cooking in foil seals in juices so you can cook leaner cuts until they are both tender and done. Wrap fish with vegetables and a little low-fat marinade for an easy meal, all in one packet.

Like the man said: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" That is not a bad idea! Learn about cooking outdoors to beat the heat in the next section.

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