After the rainy weeks we had, the sun finally returned to us.
People dug out their grilling kits again from the dark corners and most green places are infused with the smell of BBQ.
Previously we talked about having a healthy BBQ, but there are plenty of things regardless of the ingredients that can go very wrong while grilling.
It is an uncomfortable situation, especially if you decided to share this wonderful experience with some friends.
The guests try hard to be polite, they might even compliment your food, but you can see by their grimaces that things are not right.
One of the most common mistakes is not pre-heating the grill.
You see the fire and get excited and start chucking the meat on the grill. I’ve made this mistake myself and I can say the effects of eating undercooked meat are disastrous. If you’re lucky, you get away with a nasty diarrhea that can ruin your whole evening, but there is also the risk of several parasites and infections like E.Coli, toxoplasmosis, salmonella and listeria which can lead to serious illnesses.
Cooking on the flame.
This is another thing to avoid. It is connected to the previous mistake, because the flame might burn the exterior of the food, but leave the inside raw. Usually this type of cooking leads to burnt, unpleasant and bitter food, which ruins the taste, destroys most nutrients and increases the amount of acrylamides and other carcinogen chemicals in the food.
Using frozen food.
There is nothing wrong with using frozen food, however sometimes it’s not fresh enough. That is why if you have the time, and probably when we talk about our own health, we should make the time to buy fresh cuts of meat from butcher shops. It will taste and even cook differently.
Food falling through the grill.
This is mistake is harmless, but can be very annoying, so I would suggest, that if you plan on grilling fragile food, such as fish, then definitely invest into a grill basket. As for the smaller bits of vegetable, seafood or even sausages, skewers are a great option.
Poking the food.
I really don’t like it when the food is full of little holes or it’s fallen apart due to the poking, flipping and fiddling. On the right heat, the food will get ready without any concern and the only thing you should do to that food is turn it around when one side it’s done.
Last, but not least, something that many of us do is not letting the food to rest.
Of course after all that hard work you feel like you have to dig in immediately, but you really should let the meat rest a bit, so the juices can redistribute and settle. This will bring the lovely flavors out and the meat will be gorgeous and tender.
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