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Get the most from your grill: Now outdoor cooking aromas fill the air

grills, but by the time Memorial Day arrived, there were many more grills from which aromas of culinary specials permeated the air. U.S. Customs reports that 61% of Americans own a grill with 70% of them using a gas grill over wood and charcoal.

Let’s brush up on our grilling skills.

Safety is the first thing to consider. Whether you use a gas or charcoal grill, treat it with as much respect as your indoor stove. Never leave the fire unattended. Keep the grill away from buildings and out of the reach of children and pets. Remember, those charcoal coals burn a long time after you’ve finished cooking.

Whether you start your charcoal fire with an electric starter, a metal “chimney” or chemical starters, be sure to allow at least 30 minutes for a glowing gray ashy appearance; then its cooking time. If using a chemical, be sure all of the chemical has burned off, and never add more chemicals once the fire has started. If using a gas grill allow 15 minutes for the unit to preheat p...

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