Many say that there are only 2 seasons in Canada. Winter and & construction. The good news is, construction season is also BBQ season! So let’s fire up the “Q”, as it’s affectionately referred to here in Canada and let’s look at some tips to help you make the PERFEFCT BBQ steak. Let’s call them “Q-Tips” (Do you see what I did there?) Here we go!
- To make beef great, marinate! Marinating increases tenderness and adds exciting flavour to your meat; just remember to use a glass or ceramic dish for marinating, as metal can transfer a metallic flavour.
- For perfectly grilled steaks, have one side of your grill set on high and the other side on low. This way you can sear the steaks on the hot side and then move them over to the cooler side to finish cooking in slow, moisture-retaining environment.
- To keep steaks tender, leave the meat in the vacuum pack and thaw in cold water or overnight in the refrigerator. Definitely don’t microwave to thaw; it toughens and damages the steak before it reaches the grill.
- Just say no to salt! Avoid salting your steaks before cooking as it draws out the juices and dries out your steak.
- Only turn steaks over when bubbles appear on the surface, and remember to use tongs, not a fork. Each time that bubbles appear, turn the steak over to let the juices drain back into the meat.
- Get the best-looking grill marks by rotating your steaks a half turn on the grill halfway through the cooking time. Do this on both sides.
Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!) Have you ever taken the road less travelled on your trip? Maybe to visit friends, avoid the congested highway, find that perfect picnic place, or on the way to a cottage? While summertime cruising is great, so long as you go about it safely and with the right vehicle depending on your style of off-roading, what might happen is that your ride suffers a few more bumps and bruises than you anticipated.
So what do you do? Only stick the to the highway? For some, this is the way to go. And that’s a-ok. At the end of the day, you need to drive how and where is safest and most comfortable for you. If you enjoy, need to, or just plain take a rougher road on the daily, that’s ok too. If you do frequent the roads less traveled make sure you are taking care of your vehicle. This might mean seasonal visits to your autobody shop to prevent larger problems like rust and corroding from dirt and grime that piles up during your adventures on dusty roads. Seasonal maintenance can go a long way for your vehicle.
Colorworks Express Autobody Centers can fix up small scratches and knicks from your off-roading adventures in a day or two. Their pricing is reasonable, they have strict environmental policies, and they are local. Whether you are taking your vehicle in now during the summer for a spruce up or saving it for after Labour Day, check out Colorworks (www.colorworks.ca) and get a free estimate. Light repairs are important for your vehicle’s upkeep!
Thanks for tuning in this week and catch you next time! Enjoy the summertime cruising and stay safe on those roads!