How You’re Using Your Grill Wrong

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Using an old grill brush

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If you’ve been scrubbing the grill grates with the same old grill brush for years without a second thought, it’s probably time for a new one. Injury from wire grill brushes recently led to 1,600 emergency department visits, according to an article in the Journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Then there’s the problem of actually swallowing loose bristles—and claims from that type of injury can be found at the Consumer Advocacy website Before using last year’s grill brush, check for loose bristles, then wipe the grates down thoroughly after using the brush. Check with your grill manufacturer to make sure you’re using the right brush type for your grill. These are the 9 summer items you need to throw out right now.

Not preheating enough

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A grill (charcoal or gas) needs to preheat for about 15 minutes till the temperature reaches around 500 degrees, according to Weber’s Tips and Tricks for Grilling Success. Preheating your grill gets the grate hot enough to sear properly and helps prevent food from sticking. It also helps burn off extra bits of food left on the grate, so it’s easier to clean. These are the cooking mistakes that can make your food toxic.

Grilling meat only

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Get the biggest bang for your grill buck by throwing other parts of the meal on as well. “Use your grill to its full advantage and grill veggies and fruits too,” says Sandra J. Arevalo MPH, RDN, CDN, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Marinate vegetables in olive oil, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, and sea salt before grilling. Sliced eggplant, open sweet peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, sliced zucchini, and corn can be grilled right on top of the rack. You can also add chunks of onions, tomatoes, and pineapple to your meat skewers.” For dessert, she adds, try grilling sliced bananas, peaches, pears, and mangoes.” Here are 15 foods you didn’t know you could grill.


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