Considering Grilling this Season?
Chew on this:
Here are 5 steps to Healthy Grilling this season:
Step One: Mix It Up – what you choose to grill is just as important as how you grill it. Step out of the hamburger and hot dog box. Be creative with fish, chicken, lean meats, fruits and vegetables . . . all available at McCaffrey’s Market. There are some great BBQ tools, including baskets, skewers, cedar planks and even pizza stones to help you on your out-of-the-box grilling journey.
Step Two: Marinate – Studies have shown that marinating meat, poultry and fish for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling can reduce the formation of potential cancer causing compounds. Unwanted heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) form when animal proteins are cooked at very high heat and become charred. Using a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice or wine along with herbs and spices seems to be the key in reducing the formation of these unwelcomed compounds.
Step Three: Partially Pre-Cook – partially pre-cooking animal protein in a microwave, oven or cooktop can reduce the time of contact with potentially harmful PAHs that may be formed during the grilling process. However, to keep food safe from any bacteria that may cause illness, all partially cooked animal protein needs to be cooked off on a preheated grill immediately.
Step Four: Stay Low – once again, in an effort to reduce the formation of both HCAs and PAHs and to minimize any burning or charring, cook your food over a low flame and try to reduce flare-ups by keeping fat and juices out of the fire. Be sure to cut off any charred portions of the meat before serving.
Step Five: Keep it Colorful – try to load up half of your plate with colorful vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. By filling up on plant foods, you can cut back on high fat animal proteins and processed meat products. Grilling fruits and vegetables is as delicious as they are healthful.
Try some of our Grilling Gourmet Selections today!