If you plan a cookout at your house during this Memorial Day, keep in mind the following tips. They can help you plan for a great party and tasty food:
Slice chicken in half lengthwise
For a faster cooking time slice the chicken breast in half. This way you can prepare more food in less time. It works well when you have more people to feed because it cooks faster and you save money.
Wrap your vegetables in tinfoil or place them on a skewer
To keep your vegetables moist, wrap them in tinfoil and add salt and butter. Another quick way to grill your veggies is by slicing them thin and put them on a skewer. This way they are ready for the party, with less waste. Children will also enjoy eating them better.
Don’t grill meats too fast
Ever wonder why you can’t get that perfect tasting steak? Make sure that your fire is not too hot for grilling. Try cooking your steak slower to lock in the flavor. You can place it on the top rack while closing the lid so that the steak still gets cooked. For a charbroiled outside, place the meat on the bottom rack after it’s already grilled. This way the meat will stay tender instead of tough and chewy.
When grilling for a party or a family reunion, remember to cook using the basic ingredients, like salt, pepper and butter. Use half cup of butter mixed in with your favorite seasoning for basting the food. The butter provides flavor and softness to the meat. Have steak sauce and other spices available for the people in your party who need the extra flavor.
Some meats cook faster than others
When cooking several different kinds of meat, remember that shrimp, fish and chicken doesn’t take as long to cook. Check frequently to ensure they are not overdone. To check if the meat is done, cut it in half at the thickest part.
If you use a charcoal grill always wait for the lighter fluid to burn off before grilling the food. You may also want to make sure that your grill is not in an enclosed area and it has plenty of ventilation. Like always, keep children and pets away from the grill and use proper cooking tools and gloves to protect yourself. Happy Memorial Day!
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