Apartment Living,Food & Cooking
When the ground thaws and chilly temps give way to warm days and nights, you know grilling season has arrived. Chicago apartments offer an ideal setting for relaxed summer barbecues but don’t settle for just ordinary. Take summer to the next level with these outdoor grilling tips:
1. ARM YOURSELF WITH GREAT TOOLS
Every pro griller needs a good metal spatula and a set of tongs, but there are other tools that can make grilling better and more fun. Consider an enclosed grilling tray for vegetables or other loose items. A closeable grilling basket is ideal for bundling burgers, dogs or kabobs for easy flipping.
2. EVEN OUT CHICKEN BREASTS
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are notorious for becoming overdone on the edges when done in the middle. Speed up the cooking time for the center section and make chicken unbelievably tender by shaping it before grilling. Use a meat tenderizer and pound until the entire breast is around the same thickness.
3. CHECK MEAT TEMPERATURES
Use a meat thermometer to verify meats are fully cooked. Most meats require an inner temperature of 165 F to be fully done, with steaks and chops requiring a minimum of 145 F.
4. PLAY WITH MARINADES, SAUCES, HERBS AND SEASONINGS
Flavor is key to being a true grill master, so don’t be shy with dressing up the meats and vegetables you’ll be grilling. Practice makes perfect, so experiment with different flavor combinations until you find your family’s favorites.
5. TRY GRILLED FRUIT
You grill meat and vegetables, but did you know that fruit is also delicious on the grill? Try sliced pineapple, pear, apples, peaches, plums, bananas, plantains and even strawberries and watermelon. Use grilled fruit as accents for grilled fish, shrimp or chicken, or serve it with whipped cream topping for a summery dessert.
Whether you’re grilling from your Chicago apartment or out in a park, grilled meals are a true summer pleasure. Use these five tips to take your grilling game to new heights! Here at The Montrose, residents have access to outdoor grills. Come show the community that you are the best grill master and make The Montrose your home base for every season.