Thursday, June 12, 2008

Great Grilling Tips

Great Grilling Tips

• In daylight, coal is ready for grilling when they are about 80 percent ashy gray. Bright red coal is too hot, black coal is too cool, and a mix of red and black coal gives off uneven heat.

• If your grill does not have a cover and the recipe recommends using one, shape two sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a dome shape the same size as the grill rack.

• To prevent food from sticking and to make cleaning the grill easier, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil or spray with cooking spray. Do this before heating the grill so you won't be handling a hot grill rack.

• Grilling time varies with different climates and weather conditions. When grilling in weather that is cool or windy, use slightly longer heating times as well as higher heat to speed the cooking.

• To prevent over browning or burning, brush on sauces during the last 15 to 20 minutes of grilling, especially those that contain tomato or sugar.

• A hinged wire grill basket is especially helpful for grilling delicate foods such as small pieces of foods, cut vegetables. If you don't have a grill basket, try an alternative by wiring two metal cooling racks together.

• Metal skewers that are a square shape (instead of round) help keep food from turning or spinning when skewers are turned.If you are using bamboo or wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water at least thirty minutes before using them to prevent burning.

Contributed By: Humera ehsan, Architect & Interior Design Teacher

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