Do you know what two of the best things about Summer are? Grilling out and an ice cold beverage!
Summertime is made for grilling out, especially if you live in a hot place like TX. Instead of heating up the house cooking, make use of the outdoor grill to prepare some fantastic meals – not just hot dogs and hamburgers. You can grill so much more like steaks, lamb chops, fish, vegetables, and even pizza!
If you are like us and enjoy a good steak, enjoy these top 10 Grilling Tips from The Food Network:
Bobby Flay’s Top Ten Grilling Tips – The grilling guru shares his secrets to all-star steak
1. Befriend your butcher. Buy from a good butcher shop or from the butcher at your supermarket’s meat counter. Avoid prepackaged steaks—plastic wrap traps in moisture.
2. Get good grades. Spring for USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks if you can. Choice-grade steak is a good, less-expensive alternative.
3. Look for marbling. Thin white streaks of fat throughout a steak, called marbling, keep the meat nice and juicy. Plus, the fat adds flavor.
4. Do a warm-up. Take your steak out of the fridge about 20 minutes before grilling to bring it to room temperature. A freezing-cold steak won’t cook evenly.
5. Pare down the tools. You don’t need elaborate equipment to make a tasty steak—just a solid pair of tongs, a brush and a grill.
6. Feel the heat. Give your grill plenty of time to preheat. If it’s hot enough, you shouldn’t be able to hold your hand over the grates for more than 2 seconds.
7. Don’t move. Let your steak develop a seared crust on the grill before moving or flipping it. If you try to lift the meat before it’s ready, it’ll stick to the grates.
8. Use the touch test. Check for doneness with a simple tool: your finger. A rare steak feels soft and spongy, medium springs back a bit when pressed, and well-done feels firm.
9. Don’t overdo it. Err on the side of under-cooking a steak rather than overcooking it. You can always pop the meat back on the grill if its too rare.
10. Let it rest. Once your steak is off the grill, wait at least 5 minutes before slicing. This gives the juices a chance to settle back into the meat.
Here are a couple of great recipes you can use that are infused with Essential Oils for creating some Perfect Grilling Marinades including Orange Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Ginger Vitality, Oregano Vitality, and Black Pepper Vitality.
Another way to enjoy the summer and beat the heat is with an ice cold beverage. Sometimes drinking water can get a bit boring so it is always awesome when you can find some tasty alternatives, especially when those alternatives can include some of your favorite essential oils like Lemon Vitality!
We hope you have enjoyed our Summer of Fun with Essential Oils series and we would love to hear what you think in the comments below!