Think beautifully grilled meals are a luxury reserved for suburban decks on sunny days? Think again. Even if you have the world’s tiniest apartment patio, live in the rainiest city, or the thought of firing up a grill freaks you out…there’s hope.
It’s possible to make excellent grilled meals all year (and in any space) thanks to some helpful grilling tools and tips from Pampered Chef’s Food and Trend Innovators, Jackie Blust and Tim Hagedorn.
1. Go Convertible
Small, portable grills are common enough, but the Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill also converts from classic charcoal to an efficient electric cooking surface. That means you can bring it indoors and use the electric settings when rain threatens to cancel your Friday night fajitas cookout. You can grill right on your kitchen counter.
2. Thank You for Not Smoking
When you grill indoors using the electric grill option, smoke can be an issue…but Jackie says there are two things you can do.
“Use your grill near a hood to keep your kitchen from getting too smoky,” she suggested. “We also recommend oiling your food instead of the grill grates.”
3. Grill with Clay Cookware
The Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill is perfectly designed to partner with Pampered Chef’s exclusive line of clay cookware for even more grilling options. The Rockcrok® Casserole, Everyday Pan, and Dutch Oven can now cook on location. Think stews and chilies in the parking lot before the big game! Or use the Small Grill Stone to grill breakfast sausages and scrambled eggs at your campsite.
4. Have the Basic Grill Accessories
The list of tools you need to grill is pretty simple—and Pampered Chef has all the necessities. Our grilling tools feature stainless-steel design and pakkawood handles, a plastic/wood composite that has the look and feel of wood without the splitting and warping that can happen with regular wooden handles.
Tongs: for gripping and flipping meats and veggies. “The head is angled so your hands are away from the heat,” explained Tim. “So whenever you’re grilling, you can grasp that food much more comfortably.”
Spatula: to flip burgers and fish. “I think they look really sleek,” said Jackie, “and they’re more functional than ever.”
Grill Scraper: “Our Wooden Grill Scraper is a great natural alternative to wire bristles,” explained Jackie. “The more you use it, the better it works, and it can form to any grill.”
5. Go with a Grill Pan
Craving grilled foods on a rainy day? Turn your stovetop into a grill with the Grill Pan and a press. It can take the heat and creates beautiful seared foods. Plus, the ridges keep the food out of its drippings.
6. Get Perfect Grill Marks
Here’s the secret to Instagram-worthy grill marks you can create on a grill pan:
- Place food on the grill pan at a 45-degree angle to the ridges for about 2–3 minutes.
- Rotate 90 degrees with the same side down on the grill pan. The ridges should run at a 45-
- degree angle in the opposite direction. Grill for another 2–3 minutes.