Labor Day Grilling

September 7, 2009 Grilling Tips:

-Seasoning is very important; always add a little bit of seasoning before placing the steak on grill. Even if it is just salt and pepper, a little seasoning is better than none at all.

-Make sure that the grill is anywhere from 600-800°F and keep it at that temperature for 30-45 minutes before starting to grill. High direct heat when grilling steaks is almost as important as the meat itself.

-When grilling steaks, you should always use tongs or a spatula to turn a steak over… Never stick a fork in it!

-Palm Test: Determining how done the steak is can be really easy, it all lies in the palm of your hand.

For a rare steak: Squeeze the pad at the base of your thumb. It should feel spongy and offer very little resistance.

For a medium steak: Press on the middle of the palm of your outstretched hand. It should feel firm and snap back quickly.

For a well-done steak: Squeeze the base off your small finger. It should feel very firm, with almost no give. However, cooking beyond medium will sacrifice the flavor and tenderness of the meat.

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