I've been so not online lately, but I'm back this week. I'll share about our blackberry harvest tomorrow, along with one of my favorite recipes for using our freshly-picked or frozen blackberries! :)
Until recently, we had just one propane tank for the grill. Every number of months, the tank would run empty, sometimes surprising us when we would open the lid of the grill that we thought was pre-heating, only to find a cold grill with no fuel.
My solution for times when grilling goes awry:
Use a baking sheet (with sides) and wire cooling rack and place meat in the oven (top rack or near the top is best). Roast uncovered at 425-450 degrees until meat is done, turning once during baking if desired. I usually use a meat thermometer unless I'm really familiar with the cut of meat.
I even have an old, worn-out baking sheet on hand to use for this purpose, so I don't need to worry about harming one of my "good" pans.
Yay! Dinner was rescued, and while my oven "grilled" chicken breast wasn't quite as good as "the real thing", it was definitely better than any other baked chicken breast I've made. :)
A few tips for determining when meat is done (although I still recommend using a thermometer if you're really unsure when it comes to chicken!):
Chicken: Chicken should feel firm, not soft, when you press down on it.
Beef: For beef, one comparison I've read is that a rare steak will feel like your cheek when you press it, a medium steak will feel like your nose when you press it, and a well-done steak will feel like your forehead when you press it. Elise from Simply Recipes has a similar method shown in pictures here.
Fish: Fish should flake easily with a fork. Fish also cooks really quickly! When I first started cooking with fish, I would usually over-cook it because it just didn't seem possible that it could be done after just ~15 minutes. One day, I tested some salmon that truly wasn't done yet -- and it didn't flake. I finally SAW the difference and could believe that my flaking fish really was fully cooked. (Fish should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.)
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