Take these 5 important steps before you start baking
As with traditional cooking, preparation is paramount when you’re about to grill your food. Getting everything ready and checking your gear will save you a lot of time and energy once you start the fire. Once you start grilling, you want to focus on cooking your food perfectly and not be distracted by other things.
Here are 5 important steps to take before you start grilling:
Prepare your grates
It is important to prepare the grates before placing food on them. This will extend the life of your grills by preventing rust. Do this every time before using your grill.
If your grill is brand new, spray the grates with high heat cooking spray before turning on the grill. Turn on the grill over medium heat until the oil begins to smoke and burn. If you’re using old grates, preheat your grill, then brush off any residue.
Anything involving fire and high temperatures should be done with caution, and grilling is no exception. To avoid accidents, you should prioritize safety by exercising caution every time you grill at home.
Grill outdoors in your yard, away from any flammable objects such as walls or trees. Always check your grease pan and empty it to prevent a grease fire. Wear gloves, use long-handled pliers, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
Prepare the food in advance
Once you turn on your grill to preheat it, your food should be ready. You won’t want to go back and forth from your kitchen to your grill while cooking. To save time and energy, prepare your food in advance – cut your meat and vegetables into pieces and make the sauces.
Be sure to take out clean plates, baking accessories, a food thermometer, paper towels and trash bags with your food.
Pay attention to your grill
Preparing and operating your grill depends on the type and model of grill you have. Different types and different brands sometimes require specific instructions to work properly. For example, charcoal grills take longer to preheat than the gas variety. Be sure to check your grill’s manual for instructions.
Inspect and maintain your grill
For successful barbecues, you need to make it a habit to always check your grill. Maintenance is also a must. Brush your grates, check your grease trap often, check your propane tank, and keep your grill in an indoor storage area, preferably with a lid.
Take these 5 important steps before grilling for successful cooking!
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