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How to Clean Your Gas Grill

Cleaning your grill

When it comes to cooking outside, gas grilling is where most Americans turn.

Gas grills are quick, efficient, and more convenient than the alternatives. They’re also cleaner, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have to take good care of them. Knowing how to keep your grill shining bright also keeps it cooking right!

To clean your gas grill there are two maintenance must-haves:
1) Post-cooking cleaning
2) Routine deep cleaning

Clean Your Gas Grill After Cooking

Every cooking session grimes up your grill and leaves the potential to mess with the taste of your next meal. A simple but thorough cleaning, using warm water mixed with dishwashing liquid, will prevent this.

First things first: shut off the valve to your grill, where it connects at the propane tank.

Next, scrub all areas of your grill, using a wire scourer or brush to pay close attention to the grates. Be sure to go over each grate at least twice to scrape away any burnt-on food. When that’s done, rub cooking oil over the grates to ward off rust. Finish up by giving any food preparation areas of the grill a quick scrub.

How to Deep Clean Your Gas Grill

An annual deeper clean of your grill will help to keep the many layers of equipment underneath the regular cooking surface in good working order. To keep your gas grill running well, this deep clean routine is essential.

Cleaning your grill After shutting off the valve, remove the grates on your grill and take off component parts like the burner units, covers and briquette elements. Wash everything with dishwashing liquid in warm water, checking closely for any especially hard or grimy build-ups. Make sure these are scrubbed off and use de-greaser on any stubborn sections.

Replace all the parts and turn the gas back on. Let it burn for 15 minutes at 500 degrees to burn off any excess cleaner.

These routines will get you set for a great outdoor cooking season. Happy grilling!

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How to Choose from the Best of High End Grills in the Market

Outdoor and indoor cooking grills have definitely come a long way. There was a time when most of them were just plain and simple. However, luxury grills have taken over the market. With several options to consider, homeowners surely want to get the best of high end grills.

Most people are probably wondering what these luxury grills offer. Their expensive costs often take homeowners aback so they choose a budget grill or a mid-priced one instead. The best of high end grills though, exude more stylishness and more features. Typically, they come with stainless construction all around the equipment. There are also more burners, which allow you to cook more in one place. Aside from that, you get more accessories, bigger storage space, and usually a lifetime warranty.

To choose from the best of high end grills in the market today, it is advised that you take a good look at the burners. They should be made from high-quality stainless steel. If not, they should either be in cast brass or cast iron. Turn away from a luxury grill that only has plain steel since this will not last long.

The grates should also be heavy duty and coated properly. With cast-iron grates, you can be sure that they will resist rust and will be maintenance-free for a long time. Some luxury grills use bare cast iron, which is also good, but it does not fight off rust effectively. Porcelain grates are the probably the easiest to clean, but they are not sturdy as they chip and crack eventually.

Aside from the two mentioned parts of the grill, you should always inspect the quality of the whole construction. The best of high end grills will have a strong build and perfectly welded joints. Check the lid, firebox, wheels, and the cart. A full stainless steel kitchen grill is more durable than cast aluminum coated equipment.

Whether the grill is for your outdoor or indoor kitchen, you certainly want the best of high end grills. The convenience, design, and functionality are the main offers of these lavish grills. These sophisticated grills are available on GasGrillsNow.com.

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Three Steps to a Multisensory Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces provide unique opportunities for relaxing and entertaining. One of the major benefits of being outdoors is the multi-sensory experience. Before choosing enhancements for your outdoor living area, study the sensory experience that already exists. Spend time in the space at the different times of day that you will be using it to notice the sounds, sights, and yes, the smells that are a part of the environment.

1. Make connections.

 

You might view tree branches or boulders as things you need to work around. Instead, consider working them in to your décor! You can create a more integrated space by creating visual connections between natural structures to manufactured structures. For example, if your space includes boulders or rocks choose garden planters and pots that have similar colors and geometrics. Create tactile connections by using containers, furniture, and garden sculptures that mimic the textures in the surrounding landscape.

 

Garden suppliers like Pink Red Kelly have hundreds of planting containers that range from formal to rustic. Look for ones that mirror the shapes, textures, or hues in the surrounding landscape.

2. Go greener.

 

If you’re working in your garden, you’re already obviously a fan of nature. Taking care of the environment, especially your own personal one can be creatively exhilarating. In order to make your garden greener, use natural materials and create a peaceful place to sit, listen, and enjoy the sounds of the earth. Minimize interference traffic noise, and mitigate exhaust odors with strategically placed trellises or screens.

 

Water features and garden wind chimes can create soothing background sounds that will further draw attention from neighborhood noise. Even the coziest outdoor space can accommodate one of the many container fountains currently on the market.

3. Reduce stress.

 

It may seem counterintuitive, but including a clock in your outdoor space can actually reduce stress. You are unlikely to fully enjoy your outdoor experience if you are constantly worrying about what time it is. Decorative outdoor clocks come in a range of attractive styles and sizes. A quick glance at your beautiful garden clock will reassure you that you have plenty of time to keep enjoying the great outdoors.

 

In today’s busy go, go go, it’s nice to sit outside in your garden, take a minute for yourself and relax. Listen to the calming sound of the wind through your chimes. Enjoy the smell and sights of nature. You’ll feel better, and those few moments in your garden will be the breath of fresh air you’ve needed—literally.

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about furniture. You can learn more about Garden Planters And Pots at http://www.pinkredkelly.com/

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Make Your Propane Tank the Talk of the Town (Wait, What?)

Okay so maybe you aren’t stricken with Propane Tank Envy. That’s probably only because you’ve never seen a tank quite like this one. And now you can make one yourself. Soon enough, all your friends will be jealous of more than just your awesome propane gas grill. They’ll be jealous of your awesome propane tank, too!

I saw this on instructables.com the other day and I was a little upset that I don’t have a propane tank for any reason. I’m thinking of getting one just to paint it all up and then stick it out back.

Every child loves LEGOs, right? (And, to be fair … I think most adults do, too. It’s just not as socially acceptable to whip out your LEGO playset when your friends are over once you hit age 12. Or, you know, 45. Whatever.) Well then, what are you waiting for? Learn to make your propane tank look like a giant yellow LEGO person head:

Step 1: Paint your gas bottle Starting with a basic LPG/Propane gas bottle, give it a wipe with turpentine to remove any grease and dirt, and then spray it with yellow paint.
Step 2: Paint the face Wait for the yellow to dry thoroughly and then paint your face onto the bottle.  The one on instructables.com used enamel hobby paints and the face was painted freehand, but you could use a stencil and spray paint.
Step 3: Reinstall the gas bottle Wait for the paint to dry and then reinstall the bottle back onto the BBQ. Then sit back and enjoy how much cheerier it makes any barbecue area.

I found this here: Propane Bottle Lego Head and quickly discovered there were other great ways to dress up your propane tank. With Halloween fast-approaching, I thought this one was great, too: Propane Bottle Jack-o-Lantern. Especially since the weather is getting cooler and your propane tank might not be getting as much use on the grill as it did a few weeks ago. It’s kind of nice that in a little while you could be looking at your snow-covered deck and see a little LEGO man peeping through!

Have you ever painted your propane tank? Would you?

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Turn a Cheap Steak Into a Prime Steak

It’s Monday again, the weekend is over and it is back to work. Make your Monday better by going out and buying some cheap steaks and turn them into a quality steak for dinner tonight. A good meal always makes a Monday better. If you like steak and eat it a lot this is a great cost saving measure.

Go out and buy your typical grocery store steak. The ones that usually range in price from $4-$7. Nothing from behind the counter, no filet or quality prime meat needed. Also pick up some kosher salt if you don’t already have it at home.

Directions

  1. Take the steaks out of the packaging and place them on a plate.
  2. Coat the steaks with kosher salt. (Just don’t sprinkle some on, coat it.)
  3. Let sit for desired time. (If your steak is an inch thick let sit for an hour, inch in a half let sit for an hour and a half.)
  4. Rinse steak of all the remaining salt and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Now you can cook it or prep it any other way you would like before grilling it.

What happens is the salt breaks down the protein cells in the meat. Instead of being very tough and tight they loosen and help the meat hold its flavor better. There is more science behind this, but all you really need to know is that it works and works well.

Try this method this week and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Cleaning The Inside of Your Gas Grill

In a continuation of last weeks post on how to deep clean your grill grates we are going to show you how to clean the inside of your grill. Cleaning the inside of your grill will vary from a charcoal grill to a gas grill. The cleaning in the post is with a gas grill.

I unfortunately neglected my grill over the years and failed to ever really clean it. I would say a lot of people do this. Get a grill, cook the food, brush the grates off for the next use and that is the extent of cleaning. Not cleaning the inside of a gas grill can quickly become a fire hazard.

As small pieces of food and grease fall down to the bottom they burn up some and then become hard after the grill cools. Then the next time you go grill it does this again and continues to build up the gunk. These pieces can catch on fire as your cooking and if one of those pieces falls down to the grease drip pan then you could start a pretty dangerous fire. You definitely do not want this. This is why you want to give the inside of your grill a good cleaning each year and always empty out your drip pan as needed during the cooking season.

As long as you keep up with cleaning the inside of your grill on a regular basis it won’t take long to do.

  1. Remove your grill grates.
  2. Scrape of any loose debris from your heat plates or heat tents that are covering your burners.
  3. If they are really bad you can soak these in a soapy/baking soda mix for an hour and scrub.
  4. Brush or scrape all loose debris on the bottom of your grill into the removable catch all pan.
  5. Remove the pan and dump out all the debris.
  6. If the inside is still very dirty you can spray it with a grill cleaner and let it sit then scrub/brush the inside. If you do this you will want to hose out the inside.
  7. Put the catch all pan back.
  8. Put the heat plates/heat tents back over the burners.
  9. Put the grill grates back.

Find more information on: Cleaning Your Grill.

How often do you give the inside of your grill a good cleaning?

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Deep Cleaning Your Grill Grates

It’s that time of year again. Spring is here, grill covers are coming off and grills are being fired up again after a long winters nap. If your like me you might open up your grill and realize it is quite dirty from last seasons grilling (or maybe the last 4 years of grilling, oops!). I recommend giving your grill grates a good cleaning even if they don’t appear to be too dirty. This is where your food will be cooking, so it’s always good to have a nice clean surface.

Follow the steps below and you will have very clean grill grates just in time for the start of grilling season. After this make sure you keep up with cleaning your grill grates after each use. This will make this deep cleaning go a lot smoother each year. You will find how to do this here: How To Clean Your Grill Grates After Each Use.

How To Give Your Grill Grates a Deep Clean

Items you will need:
  • Grill Grates
  • Bucket
  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Scrubbing  Sponge
  • Water
  • Grill Brush
Steps:
  1. Fill your bucket with hot water.
  2. Mix dish soap in with water.
  3. Mix baking soda in with water.
  4. Place grill grates in the water/soap/baking soda mixture.
  5. Let sit for 60 minutes. (or a day if yours are really bad like mine!)
  6. Scrub the grill grates with a sponge to break up any debris on them.
  7. Rinse with water.
  8. Place grates back on your grill.
  9. Run your grill for 15-30 minutes.
  10. Use your grill brush to remove any remaining debris.

And to prove to you that this works very well check out the below photo gallery.

Do you have any tips on great ways to keep your grates clean?
Leave a comment below.

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