When the weather goes warm, many of the people enjoy spending time with family and friends. Gathering with loved ones becomes more interesting when you have good food to enjoy and grilled meat is heavenly delicious food with which you can arrange a variety of sides’ dishes, drinks and deserts.
However to enjoy this food with health benefits it is important that you grill the meat properly.
No doubt grilling itself is a healthy tradition of cooking that is much better in comparison to other heavy fried food with additional fats and bad calories. But there are some dangers associated with grilling as well that you can overcome by properly following some important safety measures and tips for healthy grilling of meat. If you overcook or undercook meat, it could be really unhealthy.
Go Safe with Meat
- It is recommended that if you like to have grilled food more often, you should go for fish. Some of the healthiest fish types are herring, trout and salmon. These give you omega 3 fatty acids that are really good for your heart.
- Go for chicken breast and make sure that the skin is removed before you eat. Dark meat of legs and thighs are fattier. With breast meat you can add a layer of onions for more flavors.
Types of Meat Cuts Preferred for healthy grilling
If you are considering buying red meat and pork, it is recommended that you go for loin and round cuts. In case of beef, choice or select grades instead of getting ‘prime’. These parts of the meat have less amount of fat in comparison to others. However, even with these parts, you must trim additional amount of fat. For grilling it is best to use a rack so that all the extra fat would drip from your meat keeping it healthier.
Tips for Safety of Food
When you have meat on the grilling grate, following all the tips mentioned below would give you a worry-free eating of grilled meat.
Every year millions of people are diagnosed with food poisoning that happens from eating of undercooked meat, animal products and other such things that may have residents of bacteria inside. If meat is not cooked at a temperature sufficient to kill bacteria inside it, eating of such food would lead to vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches.
This kind of food poisoning may lead to a serious position and one may need to get hospitalized. Thus in order to prevent one from getting sick it is important to eat a healthy grilled meat.
Some tips to follow for safety of grilled meat include:
- You must keep raw meat at a separate place. No fruits, vegetables or other food that you eat raw without cooking must be sharing same space as your raw meat. This would prevent from bacterial cross-contamination. Avoid cutting other foods on the cutting board of your raw meat. When you are dealing with raw meat, make sure that you have washed and cleaned all utensils used including cutting board, knife, plates etc. when the food is cooked use separate utensils for dishing out and serving.
- When you are preparing to handle raw meat, wash your hands with soap and water for around 30 seconds and do the same after you have handled raw meat.
- Make sure that the meat is kept cold until you are ready to deal with its cooking. Any leftover meat from grilling must be kept at a warm temperature or you must put it back in the fridge within an hours’ time. Any ground meat that you do not aim to use within a day or two must be stored in the freezer.
- When looking at the burger you may feel that it is cooked however it may still be raw from inside. Check the color inside in order to be certain of whether it is completely done or not. If you are not sure, you can check by inserting thermometer in thickest area of the burger. You must keep cooking until food reaches a certain temperature such as 165 F (for chicken/turkey whole, chicken/turkey breast boneless, chicken/turkey ground meat, and hot dogs), 160 F (for ground beef, hamburgers, and pork) and 145-170 F (for beef steaks/roasts).
- When you are not eating your grilled meat, you must keep it in a covered place in order to prevent it from insects, bugs, dirt and dust. Uncovered meat may collect germs that may come from feet/body of insects, bugs or from dirt or dust.
Healthy Meat Grilling Tips
Grilling is one of the safest ways of cooking but you must make sure that grilling is done in moderation and that you follow all the measures of safety.
In order to preserve healthy nutrients of your food, it is recommended that you limit your grilling time. For proper cooking with less time over grill, you should have your meat cut in to small pieces, marinate it and skewer it. You may also precook your food so that they get less time over grill. It is also important that you have an appropriate type and model of grill. We hope that going through this page; you would have learnt some tips to make a healthy grilled meat.