Eat Healthy with Cal Flame BBQ Grills

Healthier Cooking Methods: Grilling versus Frying / Nutrition / Healthy Eating
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Cooking methods have a significant impact on the quality of food you consume. Grilling and frying are two popular methods used to cook food. To grill foods, you place them on a wire grid placed under or above a dry heat source. The food is cooked by thermal radiation. It is also referred to as broiling or pan grilling.

Fried foods are usually dipped into a fryer or pan that contains very hot oil or fat. Foods may be deep fried or shallow fried. The high temperatures and high heat conductivity cooks the food. This yields attractive, crispy food with a great aroma. However, the quality of food drops considerably when fried. Many fried foods can be grilled as a healthier alternative.

Disadvantages of Frying

When foods are fried, they absorb a lot of fat. Even if the food was a low fat item, it ends up with a high fat content when fried. When consumed, it increases the blood cholesterol level. High cholesterol levels pose greater risks to health. Arteries get clogged over time. This prevents the smooth flow of blood and increases blood pressure. High cholesterol levels also increase the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Higher calorie intake from fried foods results in weight gain. It becomes more difficult to manage a healthy weight program when fried foods are eaten regularly in the diet. Other foods, such as vegetables, loose much of their moisture and easily perishable vitamins when fried. This is because of the extremely high temperatures of the heated oil. Although fried food may be tasty with a great texture, it is harder to digest than grilled foods. This is because of the high amount of fat absorbed by the food as it cooks. Foods with a high fat content exert more pressure on the digestive system and organs. This contributes to disorders of the digestive tract. It also exacerbates conditions such as ulcers and gallstones. A healthier cooking alternative to frying is grilling.

Health Benefits of Grilling

Grilled meats have a reduced fat content. This is because the fat drips off as the food cooks. It results in healthier meals and makes it easier to manage a low fat diet. Grilled foods also have lower calorie content than fried foods. This helps in weight management and keeping fit. Reduced fat intake helps to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Healthy cholesterol levels improve cardiovascular health. Various health conditions such as obesity, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes become a risk with fried foods.

When you grill your food, it helps to reduce the risk of such diseases. It also ensures that you get more value out of your food. This is because of the shorter cooking time involved when you grill. It results in minimal loss of moisture and vitamins from vegetables. This ensures that as much of the nutritional content is retained in the food when cooked. Healthy cooking contributes to good health and overall wellbeing.

Cal Flame Shares Labor Day BBQ Recipes

Cal Flame Labor Day BBQ Recipes 
Try these recipes for Labor Day, the last big cookout day of the Summer
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Steve's Bodacious Barbecue Ribs

Grilled Peaches and Cream

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Throw an Awesome 4th of July Backyard BBQ

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You can celebrate a fun and exciting 4th of July with friends, family and grilled favorites cooked on your Cal Flame BBQ Grill.  Plan a day full of tasty food, amazing activities and the thrill of fireworks.

Get Your Cal Spas Hot Tub Ready

Crystal clear water is the first step in preparing your backyard gathering.  It’s important to make sure your water has the right chemical levels and the filters are clean and working properly.  When there are a large number of people enjoying the hot tub bacteria is more likely to grow.  Cal Spas offers some of the best filtration systems in the industry to combat issues with water cleanliness and to ensure maximum protection against harmful build up.  The latest innovation is the Dually™ Pump System that uses 50% less energy with double the power.

The night prior to your event make sure jets are turned on and water is circulating to ensure your water is an inviting addition to the festivities.

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Invite Friends & Family! The More the Merrier

The backyard will be a bevy of activity, so don’t worry about inviting more people than your hot tub can accommodate.  Make sure you have plenty tables and chairs to allow your guest to socialize while others are relaxing in the hot tub.  Since it is recommended that time in a hot tub is limited to 15 minutes, guest will be able to have a good time in and out of the water.

Card games, games of wit and interesting conversation will keep your guest involved with the party and give many options for their enjoyment.

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Time to Eat

It’s time to break-out the grill and serve up a variety of delicious choices for your guest.  Cal Flame offers grills that do everything from grill fabulous meats to baking sweet desserts. Their product line-up also includes beautiful islands that make outdoor food preparation a breeze.  The skies the limit with what your menu can consist of.  Think outside of the box and give your guest delicious food that will keep your backyard party on their minds for the rest of the year.

Snacks and finger foods are a wonderful way to keep guest happy and in good spirits while the meat is smoking on the grill.  Mouth-watering treats are always welcomed and should be plentiful during the party.  Prepping food a few days early will allow you to enjoy the party with your guest and make sure all of your detailed work is already completed such as seasoning and marinating meat, cutting vegetable and fruit, and putting together salads.

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Remember people love snacks so have plenty on hand.  Backyard gatherings should always include some of the basics such as chips & dip, color themed candy, and fruit such as blue berries, watermelon and strawberries with whipped cream to make your table look colorful and patriotic.

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Refreshing Drinks

It’s important to keep plenty of water on hand for your guest especially those enjoying the hot tub.

There are plenty of delicious party punches that can be served to keep the fun going and make the day a blast.  Also offer non-alcoholic fruit drinks, sodas and once again the ever important water!  If you really want to do something fun make refreshing fruit smoothies for minors or non-alcoholic drinkers and ad just a splash of liquor to turn up the recipe and create a delicious frozen treat with a kick.

It is recommended that you use plastic cups rather than glasses at a hot tub party; accidents happen and you don’t want anyone breaking a glass in or near your hot tub.

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It’s Time to Party!

Now that you have invited your guest, created the menu, chose your games and activities and made your drink choice it’s time to get the music going and start the party.  Cal Spas hot tubs and CalFlameIslands offer state of the art sound systems that work with your iPod or iPhone to help create the perfect party environment.

 Now get the party started and enjoy Independence Day!

Cal Flame Owners Give a Great Review of the 5 Burner Convection Grill

I got the 5 Burner Convection Grill shortly after it was first introduced, back in 2008. We built a concrete station with natural stone to hold it. The unit has worked great 5 years and no hiccups other than the halogen bulbs burning out recently. The grill will not rust as promised and if you purchase the cover it will stay looking great. Finally I have a grill that is easy to clean, due to the stainless components. I grill, brush lightly when done. Let grill cool and next day come back and brush the grease away. The drip tray makes for easy cleaning. The only thing I would say that may be a drawback to some, is until you learn the grill it has hot spots. Near the right back corner and cool spots in the first few inches of the grill across the front. I mostly only need the right 2 burners but for my big parties I need all 5 burners and I am glad I have them… .Matthew Benedict, Coral Springs, FL

 (pictured below in the Cal Flame Grand Pavilion GPV3032 outdoor kitchen island) 

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EIGHT THINGS NO ONE EVER TEACHES YOU ABOUT GRILLING

Food-on-grill-1024x807TV’s grilling expert offers barbecue techniques for how long to grill, how much to grill, and pretty much everything else you need to know for perfect meat this summer

By Steven Raichlen
Esquire Magazine, May 2014

1. Get the Grill Screaming Hot
For steaks, chops, and burgers, hold your hand three inches above the grill grate and start counting, “One Mississippi, two Mississippi, etc.” If “ouch” comes at two or three Mississippi, your grill is properly preheated.

2. …and Squeaky Clean
Always clean your grate immediately before and after cooking, using a long-handled stiff wire brush. In a pinch, you can scour the grate with a ball of crumpled aluminum foil held in tongs.

3. …and Well-Lubricated
Use a tightly folded paper towel dipped in vegetable oil or a chunk of bacon fat held at the end of your tongs to oil the grate before you put on the food. Or do as Israeli grill masters do: Impale half an onion on the end of a barbecue fork. Dip the onion in oil and rub it across the bars of the grate.

4. Edible Skewers
Skewer meat or seafood on sprigs of fresh rosemary (great for lamb), cinnamon sticks (great for pork and peaches), or lemongrass stalks (great for chicken, shrimp, and swordfish).

5. The Beer Bottle Basting Brush
Open a longneck bottle of beer, cover the mouth of the bottle with your thumb, then shake it. Gradually slide back your thumb and direct the resulting stream of beer on the meat.

6. The Four-Finger Thermometer
Form the “okay” sign, touching the tip of your thumb to the tip of your forefinger. The pad of flesh at the base of your thumb will feel soft and squishy — exactly the same way a rare steak feels when you poke the top with your forefinger. Now move the tip of your thumb to the tip of your middle finger: That’s medium-rare. Thumb to the tip of your ring finger: medium. Thumb to pinkie: well-done.

7. Cook on the Coals
Lay sweet potatoes, onions, and even corn in the husk directly on the embers. Roast, turning with tongs, until the skins are coal black. When you scrape off the burned skin, the vegetable inside will be supernaturally sweet and smoky.

8. The Indirect Method
Solves several potential problems: Large or tough foods have time to cook through without burning. Fatty foods don’t cause flare-ups. And because you measure the cooking time in hours, you don’t have to worry about split-second timing. To set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, light the coals (ideally, lump charcoal) in a chimney starter and dump or rake them into two mounds at opposing sides of the grill. Place an aluminum drip pan in the center. (The pan serves to catch the dripping fat, while obliging you to configure your fire the correct way for indirect grilling.) Next, place the food to be grilled in the center of the grill, away from coals, over the drip pan. Close the lid and adjust the vent holes (more air, hotter fire; less air, cooler fire) to obtain the desired temperature — usually moderate (300 to 350 degrees) for roasting whole poultry or pork shoulder. The ultimate meat for indirect grilling is that barbecue icon of the Carolinas: pork shoulder (sometimes called Boston butt). The relatively high heat (higher than the true low and slow barbecue of the American South) produces succulent meat with a crackling-crisp crust, while deftly eliminating the risk of flare-ups.

Memorial Day Grilling Made Simple!

Heat up your Cal Flame Grill.  It’s time to make your Memorial Day menu. Have plenty napkins on hand because these recipes are finger licking good!http://www.foodnetwork.com/grilling/grilling-central-barbecue/best-backyard-barbecue-recipes.html
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Best Backyard Barbecue Recipes : Food Network
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Delight family and friends at your next cookout by firing up your Cal Flame Grill and serving up amazing  barbecue recipes, including ribs, brisket, smoked salmon and more from Food Network.

Consumer Impressed by Cal Flame G4 Grill

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I bought this grill after reading glowing reviews about Cal Flame in a magazine. As soon as I saw the G4 Grill, I was very impressed. This grill is heavy duty and to me, both looks and feels professional and top grade. I swear that this grill is magic because every time I cook on it, my food turns out perfectly. I totally want a whole outdoor kitchen area now and can’t believe how great the G4 is. I’ve also gotten a lot of compliments from friends and neighbors, which is always nice. I definitely plan on buying more Cal Flame items in the future – I don’t think you can beat the quality or value of this grill. Awesome A+++. 

Chelse Murphy, Atlanta, GA