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Grilling Tips and Recipes

Pine Valley Apartments Blog, Gaithersburg, MD  Summer is nearly upon us! It's time to fire up the grill. Plus check out the salad recipes, too.

The month of May brings with it Memorial Day, and for many members of our apartment community here at Pine Valley Apartments that means heading out to a morning of decorating graves at the cemetery followed by an afternoon of barbecuing. To help you get ready for Memorial Day, and the grilling season— especially grilling burgers! — we’ve got some tips for grilling, plus some salad recipes, because, the meats needs a side, right?


Grilling Tips


Preheat your grill about twenty minutes before you plan to start cooking to make sure it is at the right temperature. Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. Note that a properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist, and helps prevent sticking.


After preheating, use a long-handled wire grill brush to clean off charred debris from prior use. To reduce sticking, oil your hot grill rack with a vegetable-oil-soaked paper towel. Hold it with tongs to rub it over the rack. (Never use cooking spray on a hot grill.) Scrape the grill down again when you have finished cooking.


Food safety is important. Follow these simple rules from the USDA for food safety; avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards, utensils, and platters for raw and cooked foods; refrigerate foods while marinating; and never baste with the marinating liquid.


The best way to know if your meat is fully cooked is to check its internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer.


If you are preparing burgers for your barbecue, we found a great resource for creating the best hamburger: The Science of Grilling Burgers.




Now let’s talk salads, because what’s a burger without a salad on the side? We found several salad recipes on the Cutestuff Cooks blog; either the potato salad or the spinach salad would go well with burgers:


Mom’s Potato Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad


If pasta salad is more your style, you won’t go wrong with one of these: 22 Pasta Salad Recipes.


For more summer cooking fun, take a look back at this blog post from last summer! Whether you head to a friend’s place across town, or to one of the many parks here in the Elkton, MD area for an afternoon or evening barbecue, enjoy the wonderful taste of freshly grilled food! Please share your favorite grilling techniques and recipes in the comments.