Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the grill (if you haven’t already). Take a look at these 5 tips for how to maximize your grilling experience this summer at your luxury apartment in North Austin, both for safety and flavor!
Always Start With a Clean Grill
Whether you clean your grill as soon as you’re done, or you clean it before starting your next meal, as long as the grill is getting cleaned, you’re good. Without cleaning the grill thoroughly between meals, leftover flavor, residue, and seasoning will be left on the grill and can tamper with your meat, veggies, or any other grilled food.
Keep a Spray Bottle Nearby
Juices, seasonings, and marinade can drip down into the fire and cause some flames to come above the grate and onto your food. While it’s not always an unsafe flame that can pop up, it can potentially char your food past the point of perfection, and into the territory of just plain burnt. Use a spray bottle of water to fight those rogue flames and keep your food from burning.
Buy a Meat Thermometer
Just like no one likes their meat to be undercooked, you don’t want to overcook it either. Getting a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure your food is at its safest and tastiest this summer. Be sure to follow the guidelines for each type of meat you cook- they're all different! Be sure to wipe down and clean your meat thermometer after each use. This helps to prevent the spread of salmonella and cross contamination.
Rest the Meat
As tempting as it can be, don’t dive into your plate as soon as the food comes off the grill! Letting your meat rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking allows for everything to set and soak in. This helps to maximize the flavor of both the meat and the marinade. Additionally, it allows the meat to cool off and not overwhelm your senses. That way all that you and your guests will be focused on is the masterpiece you have created.
Keep Em Separated
Separate your meats! Both for reasons of flavor and safety, keep your different types of meat separated from each other. This includes when marinating, on the grill, and after being taken off. For safety, this ensures that there will be no cross contamination directly onto your meat. This also reduces any risk of salmonella or food poisoning. For flavor reasons, it ensures that different meats and marinades will not be mixing together. This will definitely ensure you are keeping your flavor experience at its peak.
We hope you are looking forward to a summer full of grilling at your luxury apartment in North Austin using these simple tips!
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