PATERSON, N.J. -- Memorial Day is synonymous with grilling. It's also synonymous with sales, which is why we went to the experts at Lowe's Home Improvement in Paterson for what you need to know.
First, know the different types of grills, say experts: gas, charcoal and electric. Before you buy, determine what size you need and be sure to measure your space before purchase.
Here's what to know about each type.
- Ignites quickly with a push-button—offers greater temperature control that cooks food quicker and more evenly.
- A standard propane tank holds 20 pounds of fuel. Depending on the cooking temperature and number of burners working, a full tank usually lasts nine hours.
- Produces more intense, smoked flavor.
- Cooking over charcoal requires time. Depending on grill size and the number and type of briquettes, you should be ready to cook 15 to 30 minutes after lighting.
- Caution: When using a charcoal grill, make sure to dispose of ashes regularly. The best way to do this is by letting the ash cool for 48 hours. Pour water over them to speed up the cooling process. Then place the ashes in foil and dispose of them in a noncombustible trash bin.
- Perfect for those in apartments or an areas that can't accommodate charcoal or gas grills.
- If an extension cord is needed, select the right type.
Add some “fire” to your barbeque with the right tools and tips:
- Remember serving size.
- Be unique- grilling is no longer limited to burgers and steaks.
- Aside from the usual utensils and skewers, you can purchase cooking baskets to grill fish or add a rotisserie to prepare the juiciest turkey or chicken.
- Add wood chips to enhance food's flavor.
- A good meat thermometer and a grilling light will ensure food is cooked at the perfect temperature.
Be aware of:
- Fire: when grilling, use caution and keep an eye on children. A gas grill can generate over 800°F of heat. When lighting charcoal grills, use only pretreated briquettes or charcoal grill starter fluid. And be mindful of grill placement. The heat can damage your home's exterior -- especially vinyl siding.
- Bacteria: keep food chilled and covered when it's outside. Even better, leave it inside until it's time to cook. Don't rush the cooking process, and use a meat thermometer. Always keep your utensils and cutting board clean..
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