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Firing Up The Grill For Outdoor Entertaining

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - It's time to clean the barbie and start up the grill. Service Merchandise, one of the nation's leading retailers of grills and other outdoor accessories, offers these tips on making your barbecue the best.

Burner controls: The high flame setting is too hot for direct cooking. The high flame setting is perfect for the quick searing of meat, then finish cooking on medium or low flame settings. Use high flame setting with grill closed, preheat the grill for 5 minutes before cooking and for a maximum of 5 minutes after cooking to burn off the grease droppings.

Safety &irst! Never leave cooking food unattended. Observing cooking at all times will help in maintaining an even temperature, conserving fuel and improving the food's flavor and lessen flare-ups. DO NOT expose any part of your body directly above the cooking area.

* Food Preparation Hints: For the best results, follow these simple instructions:

  • Trim excess fat from meat and poultry.
  • Frozen meats and poultry should be thawed prior to grilling.
  • Frozen fish and vegetables will cook without thawing.
  • Placing frozen food on very hot porcelain cooking grids can cause temperature shock and crack the finish.
  • Salt food after cooking to help prevent drying out the food.
  • Brush naturally lean meats with cooking oil, margarine or butter.
  • Apply barbecue, tomato or sugar-based sauces no sooner than the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Turn foods with tongs or spatula; piercing tends to dry out meat.

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