Your summer won’t be complete if you don’t take advantage of the grilling area in your apartment community. After all, delicious grilled food is synonymous with beautiful warm weather. Also, grilling makes it easy to eat healthy in the summer, so you can maintain your beach-ready body. If you have never fired up a grill a day in your life, here are seven simple summer grilling tips for making the most from cooking outdoors:
- Ditch the lighter fluid: There are tons of healthy grilling recipes available, so why ruin them with foul chemical fumes produced by lighter fluid? Opt for chimney starters or paraffin wax fire starters. Even a few bunches of newspaper will do the trick.
- Preheating the grill: Close the lid and preheat the grill for 10 to 15 minutes to prepare the cooking grate. You will want glowing red coals with a temperature of roughly 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Any old bits of food stuck onto the grate will be loosened, so you can brush them off easily. You will obtain the proper sear marks desired on grilled food by preheating the grill.
- Don’t oil the grate: Brush or spray the food lightly with oil instead of the grate for maximum flavor, moisture and to prevent the food from sticking.
- Understand direct vs indirect heat: Cook food directly above the fire for small, tender pieces that will cook in 20 minutes or less. For large, tough foods where more than 20 minutes of cooking time is required, cook food on the side of the fire instead of directly above it.
- Air flow: Air is essential for a charcoal fire. Keep the lid closed as much as possible, and don’t obstruct the vents on the lid or below the charcoal grate. Prevent blockage of the vents by removing the ashes from the bottom of the grill regularly.
- Pay attention: There is an art and science to grilling, so don't walk away and expect delicious results. In higher altitudes or colder weather, cooking times are longer. Strong winds will cause lower temperatures in gas grills and higher temperatures in charcoal grills.
- Be patient: To develop a seared taste and appearance, you have to be patient. As tempting as it may be, resist flipping food often. By turning food over only once, you will allow time for caramelization, which is essential for developing various levels of amazing grilled flavors in your food.