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Is Your Grill Ready ?

 So with Memorial Day approaching we all know that means the opening season of summer grilling is near, and I have to ask.

Is your BBQ Grill, Smokers or Pits ready?
Are your racks clean and free of any left on food particles?
Are your grilling utensils old, rusted and falling apart.

When there is a build up over time of both grease and burnt food particles build on the grill racks, it can change the flavor of what you are barbecuing. Also a dirty grill could be a host for potential carcinogens. However, the most important reason to clean your grill is that all of those food particles sitting on the grill could grow bacteria, especially if they are not burned off completely.

I’ve read many article on how to clean your grill, and most suggest from using WD-40 to placing your racks in a large trash bag and spray with an oven cleaner. Why would anyone want to clean their grill with a product containing many toxins, and then place raw meat to cook? I used to think if I fire up my grill close the lid for about 15-20 minutes, we would be good to go. WRONG!!

Your grill needs to be clean each time, either before or after your done grilling.

So in my quest to find a clean but less toxic solution to cleaning my barbecue I found two very easy methods, and 100% safe.

Keep your barbecue grill in top condition by making a soft paste of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Apply the paste with a wire brush and let dry for 15 minutes. Then wipe it down with a dry cloth and place the grill over the hot coals for at least 15 minutes to burn off any residue before placing any food on top

Brew a full pot of coffee, pour it into a basin and then soak your grill grates. This will also works for barbecue utensils or oven burners. Let it sit for about an hour, give it a quick scrub and then rinse with warm water. The racks should be good as new.

Any utensils, or wire brushes you’ve used that are now rusted, my suggestion is to toss them out. These items are fairly inexpensive to replace and are not worth the time or risk to re-paint.

TIP..The best time of year to replace any grilling accessories is right around the time when Christmas decorations go on display. I’ve picked up high quality utensils for just a couple of bucks and when its time to grill I’m ready to go.

I added a slide show containing a few temperature charts on getting the perfect rare to well done steak, along with some images of what I love to grill myself, and the unusual, but oh so delicious.

What do you like to grill?

 

 

Easy Peasy Homemade Chicken Stock

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

Do you have a favorite place that makes the most delicious rotisserie chicken?

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I pick up on average two chickens a week from Sam’s Club, these chickens on average weigh 2.75 lbs for under four bucks!!

There is nothing quite like the texture and flavor of a rotisserie chicken. This flavorful poultry gem quickly became my “go to” for quick, easy dishes that will satisfy ones wallet and tummy. Now once I get home I remove the skin and shred the entire juicy chicken for salads, chicken enchiladas and many other dishes.

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About a month ago I found myself looking at the carcass in front of me and saying that it’s time for me to put these bones to good use and make my own stock.

It’s a great way to make use of the entire bird, and save yourself a few extra bucks.

I use chicken stock in many of my dishes, as it…

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Carving Tips For Halloween Pumpkins & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Originally posted on Dishing It Out With Clarissa:
  Have you carved your pumpkin yet? If you haven’t well then you should get started Hallows Eve is just a few days away. A jack-o’-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet, associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween  and named after the phenomenon of strange light…

Basic Kitchen & Cooking Safety Tips & Charts

Originally posted on Dishing It Out With Clarissa:
Do you sometimes forget the cooking temperatures for chicken breast versus the thigh meat? Do you know how long you can store rice, sugar and other dry goods, before they go bad? Do you know which vegetables can be stored at room temperature, and which ones need to stay…

Household Gadgets From The Past~April 2014 Giveaway!!

One of the things I enjoy doing is looking for unique household gadgets from yard sales to goodwill stores. I tanked on my recent venture for aged and unique treasures, but my sister Helen didn’t, as she found a mother load of gadgets for me!!

Like last months gadget, an egg scale.

Like last months gadget, an egg scale.

You do not have to be a wiz in the kitchen, or an expert in antiques or household items past or present. But I am sure there may be one or two of you who will recall seeing an item posted, whether it was in your home, neighbor, or a relative.

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If you have a kitchen or household gadget of your own that you would like to share. Just drop me an email with the photo, and description, if you bought it or it was passed down and I’ll feature it with a link back to your site.

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The rules are simple, just answer in the blogs post comment field, the name of what this is, or accurately describe what it does, or purpose.

First person to post the correct answer in the comments section will win one of Bobby Flay’s books on grilling along with “The World Of Flavor”  a cookbook that is all about the wonderful flavorful lamb. 

Bobby Flay

 

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It’s all in good fun and remember the rules.
First correct answer in the blog post comment field wins
Just name or give accurate description of what this does….

Ready…….Set…..Go…..

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Winner- Kitchen Gadgets

We got a winner for last Months Kitchen Gadget contest. Though there were quite a few of you really close, but it was Rick H of Excelsior Springs, MO who gave the correct answer.

Egg Scale

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For those who are not aware, egg scales are used to weigh the eggs so they can be given the correct grade.

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Grading of eggs by weight began about 1900 as a way of selecting the ideal size egg for hatching purposes. Early “egg graders” were preset to select eggs of a certain weight. During World War I, the U.S. War Department bought eggs in large quantities and paid for them on the basis of size, which was determined by weight. Since poultry farmers were paid a premium for graded eggs, i.e., eggs that were sorted by size, World War I created an immediate market for “egg scales.” Farmers graded eggs to sell to retailers as a source of cash, thus perpetuating the need for egg scales. World War II created the greatest single demand for egg scales as the U.S. War Department bought eggs in huge quantities to feed the troops overseas. Most egg scales were invented and manufactured between 1920 and 1940.

Thank you to everyone who participated, this was a hard one but fun. I will be posting another “Kitchen Gadget on March 29th, so please check back for your chance to win one of these cookbooks on grilling by Bobby Flay!!

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Congratulations Rick!!!!

 

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Household Gadgets From The Past~Hint Added….

 

Here are a few more hints for you all, and so far two people have guessed somewhat correctly, but just not the name or what this item does. So to help you all out I posted few more images on this gadget that may or may not look similar but they all do the exact same thing.

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You don’t have to be a wiz in the kitchen, or an expert in antiques or household items past or present. But I am sure there may be one or two of you who will recall seeing an item posted, whether it was in your home, neighbor, or a relative.

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If you have a kitchen or household gadget of your own that you would like to share. Just drop me an email with the photo, and description, if you bought it or if it was passed down and I’ll feature it with a link back to your site.

 

The rules are simple, just answer in the blogs post comment field, the name of what this is, or accurately describe what it does, or purpose.

 

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If no one can guess the item in a week I’ll post a new item and post the answer of what it is.

First person to post the correct answer in the comments section will win one of these books!

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It’s all in good fun and remember the rules.
First correct answer in the blog post comment field wins
Just name or give accurate description of what this does….

Ready…….Set…..Go…..

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