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Do we need to wrap the fish in foil before going on the barbecue?

Fish cutlets, steaks or whole fish do not need to be wrapped in foil to be barbecued, but it is generally better to choose a firm-fleshed fish such as snapper, swordfish or tuna rather than a soft-fleshed fish, which may fall apart.

The fish can be wrapped up in bacon to provide protection, or it can be marinated to lubricate the flesh - but if the marinade has lime or lemon juice, do not leave it too long.

Note - Do not marinate fish for longer than an hour in any mixture that contains either lime or lemon juice, as the acid in the citrus fruit will start to 'cook' the fish.

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16:07:19 on 08/24/06 by Webmaster - Questions and Answers -

The best way to cut up meat for a barbecued kebab.

Trim the fat and connective tissue from the meat, then cut across the grain into fairly even-sized cubes that are no larger than 5 cm thick. If you prefer rarer meat with pink centers, then you should skewer the cubes closely together in order to achieve that. However, if you prefer the kebab to be much better done, then ensure that the cubes are separated more.

Any lean cut of meat can be used for kebabs. For example, you can try using cubes of pork fillet, or the fillet end of leg of pork. Other good choices for making skewered kebabs are lamb fillet or fillet end of leg of lamb, fillet of beef and chunks of either turkey breast or chicken breast.

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12:08:52 on 08/24/06 by Webmaster - Cooking Guide -

Can we directly barbecue frozen meat and fish without defrosting?

Barbecue frozen food directly is not recommended. Large cuts of meat, poultry or large whole fish that are still frozen would be cooked, and even charred, on the outside by the fierce heat well before the inside had become sufficiently hot. So you may get your food burnt on the outside while it is still uncooked inside.

Small cuts of meat such as thin steaks and small fish could be cooked from frozen but you may need to add extra time with smaller fire. However, the texture of the rapidly defrosted meat will be impaired and not taste good.

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