July 5, 2014
Summer has arrived in Tucson, and that means it’s time to break out your sunglasses, bathing suit, and barbecue tongs and start grilling your food. Nothing says summer quite like the taste of food cooked outdoors on your grill, but if you have never grilled before, it can feel a bit daunting. Your personal chef can provide you with the items to grill so that all you have to do is get your grill ready and start cooking. Keep reading for grilling tips from your personal chef.
Heat It Up
Grilling beginners sometimes will put food on the grill at the same time as they turn the grill on. However, getting the grill hot before you start cooking has a number of benefits. Heating the grill for at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking will help kill any bacteria lingering on the grate, and it will sear your food as soon as it hits the grill. Searing helps keep the inside of your food moist and delicious, and enhances the flavor through caramelizing the part that touches the grill.
If you have a charcoal grill instead of a gas grill, it can be tempting to use briquettes or lighter fluid to get your fire going quickly. While this can increase the speed at which your grill heats up, briquettes may contain chemical additives that will affect the taste of your food. Lighter fluid should be avoided altogether, as it can leave a residue on your food and may create an unsafe situation around the fire.
Grilling up the perfect steak, chicken, or vegetables can feel like a puzzle if you don’t marinate your food first. Marinating infuses your food with flavor and helps to keep it juicy during cooking. It also helps to stop the formation of potential carcinogens that happens when meat is being grilled.
Are you mystified by your gas or charcoal grill? Let Chef Chic help you prepare delicious meals for your family, or give us a call at (520) 867-9597 to find out about catering your next barbecue. We are here to help you in the kitchen with table-ready meals, cooking classes, and catering for your Tucson events.