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Make your grill non-stick in 2 minutes

If you're out of non-stick spray or just want to go a more organic route, you can use certain vegetables or a lemon to stop lean meats from sticking to your grill.

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It's warming up outside and summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to fire up the grill and have a backyard cookout with your closest friends and family.

If you've ever cooked lean meats on a grill, you know they're more prone to sticking than your more fatty meats. To make your grilling experience a little more enjoyable this year, here's an easy, no-cost trick that will keep your salmon unstuck.

How to make your grill non-stick

If you forgot to pick up some non-stick spray at the store, don't worry. If you want to prevent food from sticking to the grates of your grill, you just need a potato and a fork. Here's how it's done:

  • Heat the grill to your desired temperature.
  • Slice a potato in half.
  • Skewer the end of the potato with a two-prong meat fork (a dinner fork will work just as well), leaving the inside of the potato exposed.
  • Raise the lid on the grill and rub the exposed center of the potato on the grate. Make sure to cover the entire cooking surface.

This process, as explained by YouTube user JohnsonInc999, releases the starches in the potato, creating a barrier between the grates and the food.

If you don't have a potato on hand, it will also work with an onion or lemon. But keep in mind that this will have a more obvious effect on the taste of the food.