It’s that time of year! The time to plant your garden and watch the perennials reappear from under the inches and inches of snow. Get the lawn mower tuned up and blade sharpened to cut the grass for the first time. It is also the time that we get to wear our white shoes with the matching belt. The un-official start of summer has begun! Happy Memorial Day!
This is the weekend to clean off the grill and make sure the gas tank is full or you have a new bag of Kingsford next to the Webber. Cleaning the grill does not mean just the outer shell of leaves, dirt, and spiders, the inside needs to be scraped of charred food from last season (or winter grilling) then rub the grates with a little corn oil (or similar high smoke point oil). This should help the food not to stick plus using a clean surface always makes the food look and taste better.
This holiday weekend is also the time to put the dock in the water so invite friends and family to come over enjoy the sun and watersports. Everyone should bring a dish to pass while you fire up the grill to get ready for some outdoor cooking. The grill is a great addition to the patio for some outdoor cooking that can be done year ‘round (except maybe this winter with the massive amounts of snow covering everything). Everything can be cooked on the grill from meats to veggies to breads. Meats should be cooked before the vegetables and separately from each other if you are cooking chicken with beef just so there is not any cross-contamination of meats. The veggies can either be skewered or cooked in a grill wok which works very well.
What do you cook for a ‘cook-out’ with friends and family? That depends on everyone’s taste and eating habits. Some people bring their own meat/veggies to grill, but my choices are usually burgers with melty cheese, chicken, and a wonderful prime steak. Make sure the grill is hot is one area to achieve those restaurant quality grill marks then move the meat into a ‘cooler’ location to finish cooking to the chosen temperature. How do you know when the meat is done? I found that experience is the main way to know when the meat is cooked to the person’s liking. But there are some simple ways to cook ‘to temp’ meat. The palm of your hand indicates the doneness of the meat or the area between your thumb and index finger when each finger touches the thumb. Please do not cut into your steak or chicken because all those wonderful juices will flow out of the muscle and make the meat tough plus there may be a flare-up and burn the meat.
We here at Webster’s Prime will not be open on Sunday or Monday of Memorial Day weekend. This gives a chance to spend the holiday with our loved ones celebrating our soldiers who have kept this country free and safe. As per Congress, at 3 pm on Memorial Day, all Americans should pause and remember the fallen soldiers. Get those outdoor chores done early so you can relax and spend quality time with the family either at a parade, in the backyard, or by the lake.
Please have a safe and fun holiday weekend from all the staff here at Webster’s Prime!
– Richard J. Steward, Line Cook