Find out how to best cook meat this summer with these helpful tips on handling, marinating, and cooking meat for the grill.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #1.
A lot of new and even seasoned grillers will make the mistake of putting a piece of meat on the grill before it hits room temperature. This will result in an uneven cook and possibly a rarer steak than you expected. Twenty minutes out of the fridge should bring it down to room temperature at which point you should begin cooking.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #2.
When you cook meat on the grill, refrain from poking or prodding the meat too much. You want to let the meat sit as it cooks to create a nice crust that will keep all the juices inside the meat.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #3.
When thawing meat from the freezer, place it in the fridge for a slow thaw. If guests are suddenly coming over for dinner, safely thaw your frozen meat by placing it in a sealed bag and keeping it cold tap water.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #4.
It is recommended to not wash any meat or poultry before cooking. This spreads the existing bacteria from the raw meat onto other surfaces and increases the risk of food poisoning. If you cook meat properly, the heat will kill off the harmful bacteria.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #5.
The three keys to marinating are acid, oil, and flavor. Acids like lemon or vinegar also add flavor while penetrating the meat and oils keeps the meat from becoming dry. Add onion, garlic, and herbs to add a kick of flavor. Once you created your marinate, place it in a sealed plastic bag with your meat, fish, or poultry, and always let it marinate in the refrigerator for no more than overnight.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #6.
Don’t let certain meats sit in the fridge for too long since bacteria can eventually catch up and make your meat go bad. Either cook or freeze fish and poultry within 2 days and 3-5 for red meats.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #7.
Stay away from questionable meats. If the packaging is leaking or damaged, or if the food is past its sell-by dates, don’t buy it. Also make sure to keep the meat cold as much as possible when transferring between the store and your fridge.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #8.
To clean up the heavy build of charred residue from your grill, try spraying white vinegar onto the heated grill and let it loosen up the bad stuff. Then with a ball of scrunched up aluminum foil or with half an onion, scrub the grill clean!
Just like that, you are a few steps ahead in becoming the master meat cook. Cook meat properly, safely, and healthily for a fantastic summer meal.