Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the grill (if you haven’t already). Take a look at these 5 tips for how to maximize your grilling experience at one of our vacation rentals in Newport Beach!
Whether you clean your grill ASAP, or right before starting your next meal, as long as the grill is getting cleaned, you’re good. Without cleaning the grill thoroughly between meals, leftover flavor and seasoning will be left behind on the grill. This can tamper with your meat, veggies, or any other grilled food.
Juices, seasonings, and marinade can drip down into the fire and cause some flames to come above the grate and onto your food. While it’s not always an unsafe flame that can pop up, it can potentially char your food past the point of perfection, and into the territory of just plain burnt. Use a spray bottle of water to fight those rogue flames and keep your food from burning.
Just like no one likes their meat to be undercooked, you don’t want to overcook it either. Getting a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure your food is at its safest and tastiest. Remember to follow the guidelines for each type of meat you cook, as each meat is different! Be sure to clean your meat thermometer after each use to prevent the spread of salmonella and cross contamination.
As tempting as it can be, don’t dive into your plate as soon as the food comes off the grill! Letting your meat rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking allows for everything to set and soak in. This maximizes the flavor of both the meat and the marinade. It also allows the meat to cool off and not overwhelm your senses. Instead, you and your guests will be focused on is the masterpiece you have created.
Separate your meats! For both flavor and safety, make sure to keep different types of meat separated from each other. This includes when marinating, on the grill, and after being taken off. For safety, this ensures that there will be no cross contamination directly onto your meat. It also reduces any risk of salmonella or food poisoning. For flavor reasons, it ensures that different meats and marinades will not be mixing together. This will keep your flavor experience at its peak performance!
We hope you are looking forward to a summer full of grilling at one of our vacation rentals in Newport Beach, and using these simple, but effective tips!
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