The hotter season is upon us. And that means BBQ time! Rely on these healthy summer grilling tips to protect your wellbeing while enjoying grilled meats.
Preheat Your Grill Longer
Did you know that grills can contain more germs than a toilet seat? A Fox News report outlines this and advises that you preheat your grill for at least 20 minutes before using it to cook. This will help you grill your foods without having to worry about getting sick from them. Once that heat zaps those germs, brush it down and get to grilling the good stuff.
Dual Cooking Methods
While it may not be what you want to hear, it’s possible to reduce foodborne illness by cooking your meat for a minute or two in the microwave before you throw it on the grill. But alternatives exist to this terrible two-cook method. For steaks, for example, you can sear them on the stove first in the pan of your choice for a minute each side. Then toss them on the grill. This helps reduce any pathogens that could get into your body, and can help lock in the flavor, too.
Flare-ups actually can expose your food to pathogens and carcinogens. The simplest way to prevent them is to thoroughly clean your grill before using it. Next, spend some time trimming the fat off the meat that you intend to cook. And don’t overdo it on marinade. These elements combined can help you ward off undesirable flare-ups.
Know Your Temperatures
Different meats require different temperatures to be safe to consume. You will always want to know what the interior temperature is of the meat before you pull it off the grill to assure that it is cooked evenly and is safe to eat. The USDA provides a guide on this that you can rely upon. A meat thermometer will only cost a few bucks at your local grocer and is well worth using to avoid getting sick.
Clean After Use
Make sure you are very diligent about cleaning your grill after you use it. A good method is to scrape it when it is still hot. Make sure all utensils are brought inside and are run through the dishwasher to sanitize them. Don’t forget to brush your grill down again the next time you use it and to preheat for at least 20 minutes. Happy grilling!