Apartment Design Blogs: July 4th Grilling Tips

apartment design blogsBackyards and barbecue are the stuff that Independence Day dreams are made of, but a lack of green space doesn't mean you should abandon all hope of fun on the Fourth. Grilled burgers and vegetables charred to perfection are not out of reach for apartment dwellers, thanks to the impressive array of grilling equipment, expert indoor-grilling tips and enticing recipes available.

We point you to the best below...

To whet your appetite for grilled goodness, check out a recent post on Apartment Therapy's "The Kitchn, " in which readers were asked "What's Your Favorite Thing to Cook on the Grill?" Among the tantalizing responses are simple salmon and balsamic-marinated veggies, cheap and tasty chicken thighs, and even grilled pizza. We love that there are plenty of ideas for beginner cooks and savvy gourmands alike.

The Minimalist, aka Mark Bittman, masterfully dumbs down grilling in his latest list of 101 recipes for The New York Times. Bittman's ideas -- including spice-rubbed carrots, grilled guacamole and grilled mango finished with a sprinkling of cilantro -- are refreshingly original yet easy to recreate.

Before you reach for the George Foreman, consider Single Minded Women's indoor grilling tips for urban dwellers. Up your grilling game with an indoor smoker, which utilizes liquid smoke available at most supermarkets, or stick to a simple cast iron Reversible Griddle/Grill. Product details and ordering information are included. As an added bonus, this post explains what to look for in a cut of steak or chicken for your kitchen 'cue.

Of course, being cooped up inside is not the only option for your holiday weekend, and there are many products that make outdoor grilling more accessible to renters. Lucky for you, Rented Spaces did the research already; our recent post offered a run-down of bucket grills fit for picnic tables, stand-up electric grills that go from park to apartment with ease, and wall-mounted and patio-friendly grills for balcony barbecues.

Before determining which grill is greatest, there are few important considerations for renters to address, according to renter-centric williampaid blog. Some apartment buildings and cities restrict grilling, and we'd hate for you to shell out cash for the perfect grill only to find it's against the rules. Once you've checked in with the landlord, you'll be free to peruse the options, namely portable tabletop grills that won't break the bank.

Finally, after a lengthy grill-fest and perhaps one too many adult beverages, we know the last thing you'll want to think about this weekend is cleanup. When you're ready, take heed of the advice offered by Gomestic. All you'll need to keep your grill up, running and gunk-free are a few simple tools: a wire grill brush, steel wool pads and a sponge, along with baking soda, cooking oil spray, mild dish soap and a bit of aluminum foil.

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