We’re back with another Cooking with Adam special and today, he wanted to share some helpful Cookout Hacks as you grill your way through summer.
1. Keep Burgers Moist with Ice.
No one enjoys a dried out burger but mastering a perfectly juicy patty takes practice. Adam’s trick is to form your patty around a ice cube. As you cook the burger, the ice will melt and distribute juice while your outsides develop a nice crust. Pro Tip: Freeze your own flavor packed ice cubes with beef stock and additional spices.
2. Cover any dishes that are sitting out.
No one enjoys eating off of a dish that flies and other pests have been hanging around all day. Gard your food from those pesky uninvited guests by covering any dishes with these Reusable Bowl Covers that also protect your dishes from dust and leaves.
3. Freeze juices to keep drinks cold.
Don’t water down your beverages by adding ice. Tea, Soda, Lemonade and just about any other non alcoholic drink will freeze. As it thaws, it will remain nice and cold for longer. This is also great if you are making frozen drinks, just add your frozen juice to a bowl and pour your other ingredients directly over the juice to thaw it quickly and add a punch of flavor.
4. Use electric knife for Watermelon.
Cutting a watermelon is unfortunately, harder than it appears. Take all the intimidation out of it by breaking out your electric carving knife. Adam says to cut the watermelon in half lengthwise and put halves flesh side down. Then use the knife to cut straight down from one end to the other. Rotate your cutting board and repeat for perfectly squared portions.
5. Use Kiddie Pools.
Kiddie pools are super useful for more than just swimming. Aside from entertaining the kids, they are great for food and drink chilling. Food poisoning is always a concern at cookouts but eliminate this extra worry by filling a kiddie pool with ice and place any items that need chilling directly on top. This makes for easy grabbing for a crowd as well.
6. Get the most juice from Lemons for Lemonade.
Homemade lemonade is a Summer staple but if your lemons aren’t as juicy as you would like it can be quite inconvenient. Get the most juice out of any lemon by microwaving it whole for 10-30 seconds. You can actually do this with any citrus fruit so hand squeezed juices or homemade marinades, lookout!
Want more Cooking with Adam? Check out his go to Burger Recipe HERE. Let us know what you think of Cooking with Adam in the comments below or even ask Adam any cooking or recipe questions you might like to see answered in future posts.
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