It’s Friday and a barbecue would be the apt way to enjoy your dinner time with lots of fun and tasty food.
If it is a long time since you had used your barbecue pit, ensure that you clean the grill thoroughly and make it safe for use before throwing out a party. First, make sure that your grill is clean and ready for use by following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Next, when you want to cook, heat the grill to discard any potential bacteria. If you are using a gas grill, scrutinize the burner orifices to make certain they are clear of any deposits to start a safe ignition and even flame.
Once the grill is cleaned, hot and ready to use, ponder upon the one important question: What to cook? Though you have the standard barbecue favorites of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken, there are a number of other creative options too. Cook any of these non-traditional food ideas to impress your loved ones:
- Stay Away from Fat
Grill turkey burgers instead of using ground beef. Ground turkey breasts are 99-percent fat-free. Spice up the patties with a generous amount of cilantro, shallots or chili sauce. Or, mix in feta cheese, Kalamata olives, oregano and pepper, and serve them on a pita for a Greek-style burger.
- Make a Nutritious Delicacy
Make a nutritious meal with vegetables cooked right on the grill. Baste peppers, corn, eggplant or onions and season them with herbs and place on the hot grill till they become tender. Otherwise, sprinkle sliced zucchini, tomatoes and carrots with a little water and seasoning, wrap them up in high-duty aluminum foil and grill until the vegetables turn tender.
- Dessert Thrills
Fruit kebabs, pineapple slices or peach halves can be grilled on low heat until the fruit is hot and turn slightly golden. Serve the fruit on top of a low–fat ice cream or food cake for a yummy and nutritious dessert. Even people on a healthy diet to lose weight can eat grilled food.
Conclusively, don’t forget to use the most important (and overlooked) grilling accessory: the food thermometer. To prevent any false assumptions and prevent food poisoning, food thermometers guide us to ensure that the food is cooked to the desired temperature. Buy a thermometer that has been designed to use for meat and this fact would be mentioned on the package label. Look for a thermometer made of stainless steel with an easy-to-read dial and shatterproof lens. If you want further clarity on using a food thermometer, you can find a detailed explanation on the same at www.firsteatright.com.
Does Grilling Lead to Cancer?
Recent studies suggest a strong link between cancer and charred meats and fish. Charring is common when high-temperature cooking methods such as grilling, frying and broiling are used. Follow these simple tips to prevent your meats from charring: remove fatty areas before cooking; microwave your meat before placing it on the grill; arrange the meats in such a way that coals of the grill are not directly below the meat and avoid grilling meats until they are well-done or burnt.