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Grilling Without Aluminum Foil

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Aluminum foil isn't the only answer to grilling delicate or small items. 

Grilling Without Aluminum Foil, from Food52

Summer season is synonymous with grilling season. No warm weather get-together is complete without lighting the grill and throwing on the standard fare -- burgers and hot dogs -- or even something a little more unusual.

With small or delicate foods, such as vegetables or fish, grillers often turn to aluminum foil to keep everything contained and to prevent burning. But when Jennifer asked for eco-friendly alternatives to foil on the Hotline, our community chimed in with plenty of great suggestions:

  • Good metal cookware -- and cast iron skillets in particular -- can be used on the grill (even to make challah).
  • As long as corn is left in its husks and soaked, it can go directly on the grill, no foil necessary.
  • Use a small grill basket for vegetables.
  • And, if you're looking to reduce foil usage and impart a smoky or salty flavor, try using a wood grilling plank or a salt plate.

How do you avoid foil when grilling? Add your two cents to the question on the Hotline here or continue the conversation in the comments below!

Photo by James Ransom

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