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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

My response to this kind of question is always just ask, and if you absolutely can't, err on the side of caution. I'm assuming here that you're talking about a pretty thorough heating and brushing. ...
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Extremely hard layer after cooking the burger on the grill

You did everything right except you overcooked your burgers. Those are relatively thin patties, they won't take 7 minutes a side on high heat, that is what caused that hard crust. I'd be cooking them ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Depends on the person but typically... no. I'm not sure how bad cross contamination is in terms of food safety, but grills are high heat, though you might not always heat the food through. Many ...
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How accurate is the hand technique for grilling?

While I suspect that the formula is mostly reliable if you repeat the experiment with the same person, I found the individual heat sensitivity varies a lot. Most professional cooks and seasoned ...
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Why do I find rocks inside bags of lump charcoal?

I've often seen small stones in charcoal, and it makes sense. Charcoal is often a byproduct of logging, made from lower quality wood such as branches and thin growth at the top of trees. During ...
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Why should entrecôte meat apparently be cut into slices before served?

To directly answer your question - you slice it for presentation. Entrecôte should be cooked at as high a temperature as you can achieve. This will tend towards charring the outside before the inside ...
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How to grill without an actual grill

Another consideration is that some apartment complexes have restrictions on what type of grills can be used because of fire hazards. Where we lived many years ago we were not allowed to use charcoal ...
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Not a tender steak

You must be in Canada. The Canadian beef grading system is as follows, and these are all considered in the category of "high quality": Prime - abundant marbling, about 2 percent of beef is graded as ...
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How do I prevent salmon sticking to the BBQ grill?

If you don't fancy cooking in aluminium foil (kind of takes the point away), you need to make sure you have a super clean, extremely hot grill. Why? Clean (No tasty burnt fat from the burgers), ...
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How do I prevent salmon sticking to the BBQ grill?

Use aluminum foil or even non-stick aluminum foil directly on the grate. You can use a fork to punch holes in it so that you get optimal smoke circulation if you like. The fish won't stick and clean-...
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Cooking meat directly above the flame of a gas stove

Stoves aren't grills. They're not meant to have food in contact with them. If you're doing something like warming a tortilla above it that's fine, but as soon as you mention things dripping into the ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Imagine if someone grilled a cat or dog, and then rinsed the grill surface to cook your burger. Would you be happy? This is how you have to think about it. I am not vegan or vegetarian but used to ...
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Cooking meat directly above the flame of a gas stove

Generally speaking, this is why people buy gas grills, which are not for indoor use, because open flame cooking inside is messy, smoky, and dangerous. If you really want to apply flame directly to ...
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Not a tender steak

I agree with part of moscafj's answer in regard to grading: the lack of marbling may have contributed to dryness as well as some reduction in tenderness. However, I'm not sure that I agree that a ...
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How do I cook chicken skins on the grill- but only the skin?

Edit for details - thanks moscafj Yakitori - Japanese grilled chicken skewers - may be a good option for you if you want to stick with grilling. It's generally seasoned with just salt and white pepper,...
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How to prevent fat splashes when I fry a burger?

To make a perfect burger in the kitchen, a hot cast-iron skillet is your best friend. To keep from making a mess, use one of these: That's a splatter screen. It allows air to move freely, but keeps ...
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Is cooking with an air fryer similar, nutritionally, to baking?

Using an air fryer without oil is essentially the same thing as using a convection oven. This would make it no more and no less fatty than baking. If you use oil in the air fryer then my understanding ...
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Why do I find rocks inside bags of lump charcoal?

When buying lump charcoal (which is my preference) I've found that the brand is really important. Some of these producers are sourcing their wood from worksites or other potentially contaminated ...
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Is charcoal or the smoker at fault for low temperature smoking?

It's the smoker. I had one of these, and it is extremely flawed in design. The pan that holds the charcoal does not allow for proper air flow to the fuel. Contrast this with a Weber grill, where you ...
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What is the charcoal snake method and how does it work?

This is the method I use to smoke meat in my Weber! The basics are exactly what you see in the photo, with one more step. Start about a dozen (or in a 22.5" grill like that one, maybe 18-24) ...
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Are these grates okay to cook on?

What you have is rust. You'll want to strip the grates down and re-season them I've had mixed-luck over the years with cast iron grates on gas grills -- yes, they cook things really well, but if you ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

There is a huge variety of motivations and feelings involved in the choice to not eat meat. If you're serving a large group, it would be best to choose the safest option and use separate surfaces and ...
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Shiny side or not for foil?

I just cooked 12 baked potatoes; 6 shiny side out, and 6 shiny side in. Each potato was individually wrapped and all potatoes were about the same size. I cooked the shiny side out potatoes first, ...
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Ribs burned to a crisp following directions. What does "medium high" mean?

Ribs should not be cooked with direct heat, generally. The directions on the meat are VERY defective. You should turn the left burner on, and put the ribs in the right side of the grill. You should ...
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Whenever I put breadcrumbs on chicken breast, they turn out soggy and moist

The classic method of breading ("Wiener Schnitzel") is a three-step process: flour Only a thin layer: you can add salt or spices to the flour instead of or in addition to seasoning the meat. egg ...
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How to grill without an actual grill

I used one of those portable propane grills when I was in an apartment. Stoves are different. A grill will have a long burner and a grate that is meant to be cooked on. The stoves will have round ...
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Are these grates okay to cook on?

"Are they OK to cook on?" can mean: Will I die within 24 hours after using them? No! Will I die within a few years? No! Will I get ill within a few years if I use them daily and lick all the juice ...
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problem with flame control in a natural gas grill

Firstly, tune your burner for a good flame when hot, rather than a good flame on start. Without knowing anything specific to your burner, I can only speculate on the more generic aspects. Two most ...
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How accurate is the hand technique for grilling?

I'll answer by way of similar situations: I have an italian coffee machine with an external milk frother. This works by shooting hot air into the milk. You hold the milk in a very thin-walled metal ...
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Bottom of my charcoal grill keeps falling out

Push & twist, very similar mechanism to a bayonet-fitting light bulb. Three hooks go over three pins, then you turn it to lock. I cannot tell from the photos whether the pins are in situ. ...
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