Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
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During grilling season, foil is a cook’s secret weapon. Here are three ways to use this marvelous multitasker.
1. As a packet for delicate foods. Prevent a whole fish or a fragile fillet from sticking to the grate by sealing it in a foil packet. (For flavor, add lemon and herbs.) Pierce the top of the packet several times before placing it on the grill. No flipping necessary.
2. As a makeshift grill brush. A clean grate prevents food from sticking. If you don’t have a wire brush on hand, crumple a sheet of foil into a ball, hold it with tongs, and use it to scrape off any bits stuck to the grate. (Do this while the grill is hot, both before and after cooking.)
3. As a tent for resting meat. Keep a resting steak warm by covering it loosely with foil. (Why let steak rest? It briefly continues to cook, then cools down, allowing fibers to plump with juices that would otherwise spill onto your cutting board. Five to 10 minutes should do it.)