Summer is here! And with it comes the tradition of grilling and barbecuing. Grilling food involves cooking it at high temperatures for a short period of time. Grilled foods are tasty and flavorful without too much added fat as compared to frying.
Some tips for safe and healthy grilling, as recommended by www.eatright.org:
– Choose lean cuts of meat as fat from meat may burn the outside while leaving the inside under-cooked.
– Marinate the food adequately before grilling to add flavor.
– Make your own marinade by combining salty, sour and sweet tastes – like soy sauce, lemon juice and honey and add your favorite spices and herbs like crushed black pepper, garlic, ginger
– Tools like tongs, spatulas and platters are necessary to help grill food.
– Gas and charcoal grills are popular, though temperature control is easier in gas grills.
– Seafood, tofu, tempeh and veggies like corn, portabella mushrooms, peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots are also cool foods to grill.
– Meats should be cooked thoroughly to prevent food-borne illnesses. Click here for more info on cooking
– Likewise, it is a safe practice to keep raw, cooked, hot and cold foods and the associated utensils all separate from each other.
– Avoid charring food, as charring produces substances in the food which may cause cancer.
Here’s wishing you a happy summer and safe grilling!