Ok.. so… I just wrote a blog on keeping your home cool on the inside to cut your utility bill. Grilling outside to avoid using your oven is certainly a great way to reduce the internal heat in your home. Well, the comments received from that post gave me a bright idea and one that you’ll find helpful, I hope.
Take my word for it, I’m no pro at grilling and rarely do I touch the grill. I give my wonderful husband, Danny, all the credit for cooking on the grill to perfection. He does an amazing job! I’m more of an indoors person when nature’s thermometer is over 80 degrees. No heat or flies for me!
Anyway, here are a few tips. Feel free to add any to the list!
- Always keep a spray bottle handy. If there are flare-ups you can immediately get to it by putting out the fire quickly.
- Vegetables and fruits cook a lot faster than meat so remember to put them on later to keep them crunchy and fresh until when it’s time to serve.
- The cut of the meat is also important. Obviously, the smaller the cut the faster it will cook. Thinner cut meats will also facilitate faster cooking.
- If you’re going to add sauces to your food, try to do so later in the game. Sauces that contain brown sugar tends to burn very quickly!
- Remember that the other side of the burger or the meat cooks faster than the first side. Therefore, it’s important to shorten the cooking time of the other side to avoid burning.
- Make sure you grill a good, reasonable distance away from your home.
- Grilling in grass is probably not a good idea! Avoid grilling near straw as well.
- Ok.. here’s a great tip for your safety: Do not wear loose clothing or aprons for obvious reasons. 😦 A good way to keep your garments protected from going aflame is by using long utensils.
- Grilling Tips for Meat Lovers (wholefoodsmarket.com)
- Summer Tips for Delicious, Healthy Outdoor Cooking (webmd.com)