Palmetto Parent August 2012 : Page 16

Great grilling These 3 tips will help you coax more fl avor out of your next cookout S Pork normally cooks ummertime means best over medium outdoor activity and heat. Medium heat outdoor meals. Th ose Rhonda Matthews has been achieved in charge of preparing your for a charcoal grill family’s food often look to when you can hold a barbecue grill to coax an your hand above the coals for no additional layer of fl avor from meats, veg-more than 4 seconds. For the gas etables and even dessert. grill, the temperature should be How do you make sure your grill is turn-about 350 degrees. ing out food that provides maximum taste? n Think beyond meat. While you’re Here are a few secrets I gathered up from getting your grill ready for steaks, burgers some grilling experts. and dogs, don’t forget the other food groups. n Use the right temperature for the Try quickly grilling cleaned and quartered right food. Regardless of whether you use heads of romaine lettuce until the leaves are a gas grill or a charcoal grill, cooking at the just slightly wilted correct tempera-and grill-marked. ture is essential for Drizzle with olive great-tasting food. oil and Parmesan Beef and poultry Want more information on cooking meats and cheese for a crunchy, typically cook best other foods on the grill? Check out the Clemson warm salad. An-over medium-high University Home and Garden Information Center other easy veggie heat. For a charcoal website at and dish: thick-sliced grill, coals should planks of zucchini be completely ashed look for Fact Sheets 3543 and 3580. and summer squash. over — gray with Th ey cook up fast an orange under-on the grill and create a super tasty side in glow — and you should be able to hold minutes. your hand over the heat for no more than 3 And don’t forget dessert! Peach seconds. For a gas grill, simply check the tempera-and plum halves, slices of fresh pine-ture gauge. It should read about 400 degrees. apple, and angel food cake wedges all Eat Right Want more grilling tips? Anna Ari Personal Assistants, LLC ...because you deserve to be treated like royalty, 24/7! What do you do when your child forgets their bookbag in the car? What do you do when you are too sick to pick up your prescriptions? do nicely on the grill. Re-member, when grilling fruits or cake wedges, turn gently and provide only minimal time on the heat. Th e objective is simply to warm the dessert and impart a smoky fl avor with grill marks. n Safe food is good food. Anytime you deal with perishable foods and hot summer weather, there’s risk of foodborne illness. And remember, kids get sick with food-borne illness easier than adults. All meat should be completely thawed before grilling. Th is will ensure the food cooks evenly and thoroughly. For chicken, at least 165 degrees must be reached on a food thermometer. Ground beef should be cooked to at least 155 degrees. Steaks and other cuts of red meat (including pork) and fi sh should be cooked to at least 145 degrees. Raw meats should be on their own plat-ter when being taken to the grill so that meat juices won’t contaminate other foods. Make sure to use a clean platter when trans-porting the cooked meat to the table. An unwashed, raw-meat platter used to transport cooked meat off ers a huge poten-tial for bacteria overload. Staying clean, cooking thoroughly and then serving and storing promptly will ensure a pleasant — and delicious — meal for the whole family. ] Rhonda Matthews is a Clemson University Exten-sion Service agent. Address comments or ques-tions to August 2012 5250 Crystal B. – Manager – 803-740-0934 701 Gervais St. 14 Palmetto Parent

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