Grilling in Winter

El Nino has complicated things a little bit for us barbecue lovers. Heavy rainfall, heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and a little wind can be troubling when trying to enjoy a barbecue cookout that is OUTSIDE. But, there are some things you can do to try to enjoy some grilling in winter. IMG_1545

The Globe and Mail have written up a little guide of things you can do to make your outdoor party a little more enjoyable this winter, amidst all of the craziness El Nino has brought us:

Here are some dos and don’ts for how to get started with hosting your own outdoor party this winter:

Do keep it simple.

For winter cooking outdoors, Rose suggests meals that lend themselves to slow cooking, like barbecue. “The longer, the slower, the better,” he says. Whether you’re using your grill, an outdoor oven or an open fire, he suggests dishes like roasted pork butt or brisket and adding wood chips to enhance flavour. “If you start early in the morning, then there’s little work to do when guests arrive,” Rose says. Add simple vegetable sides like roasted potatoes, mushrooms and cauliflower – ideally also cooked over the fire – and you’ve got an impressive and satisfying meal.

Don’t complicate beverages.

Dark spirits are made for winter drinking by the fire, both inside and out. Just one bottle of highquality whisky and a few glasses are all you need. It’s warmth in a bottle – and it’s also one of the easiest ways to serve drinks. Ron Swanson would approve.

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Tips for Grilling in Winter

Cal Flame wants to ensure that you enjoy grilling all year long, including Winter! In some areas of the United States, extreme weather conditions can make grilling outdoors more difficult. Follow these tips for grilling in winter:

1.  Cal Flame Grills are Built to Last
The porcelain-enamel is glass fused to high-quality steel, and it is baked on at an estimated 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.  This superior quality that means that your grill will hold in heat well during the colder weather, and keep you grilling through the winter. Cal Flame BBQ grills are built to last and have been rigorously tested for performance. 

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2.  Cover Your Grill
Cal Flame BBQ Grill Covers are a must-have not only during the colder winter months to protect your grill from snow, but also during summer and fall to keep your grill scratch free and debris free. During the winter, your grill may be covered in snow so we suggest dusting snow off with a shovel.

3.  Keep it Charged
It’s a good idea to keep an extra tank of gas next to your grill for extra power. During the colder winter months it will take more gas to keep your grill hot how you want it. Having an extra tank will keep your grill going and prevent the need for returning to the store.grill-a-la-cart-series

4. Don’t Open Your Grill 
It is cold outside, opening your grill will reduce your grill’s temperature and extend your cooking time. Instead of peaking inside your grill to check on your food, get your grill to the desired temperature, set your meat, set your timer and close the lid. Keep the lid closed! Once your timer goes off, check on your meat.

5.  Stay Warm, Stay Safe
Make sure to keep yourself protected. Wear your protective grilling gloves and warm gear to protect yourself from extreme weather conditions. A Cal Flame outdoor fireplace or firepit also makes a great addition to your patio. 12143333_751258724985997_5222259300474666428_n

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Healthy Grilling

Millions of Americans promise themselves on January 1st to live a much happier and healthier lifestyle in the New Year. Most of those New Year’s resolutions involve either becoming wealthier or losing weight. Though, wealth is contingent on several other factors, did you know an efficient grill is an effective way to help you achieve your fitness goals? As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. Which means, its more important to watch what you put in your body than what you do to your body. waterfront hotel restaurant outdoors phuket thailand

Unlike cooking on a conventional stove top, grilling gives you the versatility to cook with more flavors while excess fat drips right off. Additionally, choose lean meats to cook to reduce fat intake, or trim any skin or visible fat to reduce fat. Marinade meats before cooking to transform recipes into a flavorful dish ready to be enjoyed. Some favorite marinade ingredients include wines, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices. Grills can also be used to cook vegetables and fruits to prepare healthy and delicious side dishes.

Meal Preparation – Instead of having a cookout for a single day, have a cookout for the week and retain your meals in containers to be enjoyed throughout the week. This way you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious homemade meal that can be reheated and consumed at your convenience. This will save you money and will save you the extra calories by practicing portion control.avo4

Cal Flame BBQ also offers convection grills that allow you to bake your favorite meats  and vegetables without any extra calories. Find the prefect grill for your home today at www.CalFlameBBQ.com. Make your resolution and keep it this year, with Cal Flame and healthy home grilling.

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Stay Warm Outdoors This Winter

You’ve created an outdoor Home Resort for you to enjoy and relax year-round, but it might be a little too brisk to enjoy a backyard barbecue cookout this time of year. Don’t get frost bite, you should be allowed to enjoy baby back ribs anytime you want! Stay warm outdoors this winter with Cal Flame’s fireplaces and fire pits.

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Create an enjoyable year-round resort by implementing a hearth centerpiece for your family and friends to gather round on those chilly days. Essentially, it is necessary to place your Cal Flame Fireplace or Fire pit in a location that is not susceptible to incremented weather. When installing your new fire piece, pay attention to the direction the wind blows and choose a spot where winds may be blocked.

Same concept applies to grills, if you own a portable grill or thinking about installing a barbecue island, choose a location near the entrance to your home. The easier the access to your kitchen, the easier it will be for your guests to enjoy a barbecue cookout in winter. Remember, you never want to barbecue in an enclosed area, and you never want to place a firepit under a short roof which might cause a fire hazard.firepit-fpt-h401

The very best thing about Cal Flame fireplaces and fire pits is the ability to customize to your liking. First you’ll begin with the size best suitable to your area, then choose from 8 Culture Stone colors and from 5 different Ameristone stucco colors to match your outdoor decor and home. Cal Flame also offers modern stainless steel fire pits that add a touch of elegance to your backyard or patio.

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Stay warm this Winter with Cal Flame BBQ!

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Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving Day is notorious for being one of those stressful holidays.

Thankfully, the Huffington Post has provided us with 13 Cooking Hacks that will make your Thanksgiving a little easier.

1.) Make fluffier mashed potatoes by adding a pinch of baking powder when mashing. The powder mixes with the heat and forms tiny air pockets, and making your mashed potatoes the best on the block!slide_383866_4578582_free

2.) Store mashed potatoes in a slow-cooker. Not only will this free up your stove-top burner, but it will also keep your mashed potatoes warm and ready to enjoy.

3.) Let your dishwasher wash the potatoes for you — and peel them when they come out clean. OR, boil them with the skin on and give them a dunk in cold water once cooked. This will shock the skins loose and make peeling a breeze.

4.) You can slow-cook your turkey overnight. Wait, what? Pop the bird in the oven the evening before and wake up to a nearly completed Thanksgiving feast. Here’s the recipe.

5.) Save your dried out turkey with chicken broth. It happens, people! Pour a little warm chicken broth on top of the slices to add flavor and warmth.slide_383866_4578926_free

6.) Make your pie dough in advance, and then freeze it! It’s one less thing you have to do around the big day. Or, you could just buy one already made. We won’t tell.

7.) Use dried beans or rice in place of pie weights and fashion yourself a pie shield out of aluminum foil.slide_383866_4578862_free

8.) Prepare your gravy ahead of time! That way you don’t have to stress about the gravy when all you and everyone else wants to do is sit down and eat.

9.) Store your gravy in thermos. Genius!

10.) You can chop your veggies and freeze them, days before the big day!

11.) Chop garlic in 10-seconds. Seriously! Here’s the video.

12.) Bring out your cooler. It works as a second fridge. Everything that doesn’t fit in the refrigerator – which is a lot on Thanksgiving – goes in the cooler. It’s so simple, yet so genius.slide_383866_4578628_free

13.) Print out your recipes and tape them to your cabinets. It’ll free up the much-needed counter space that cookbooks or computers take up. Clever!

These 13 simple steps could turn your stressful Thanksgiving Day into an enjoyable experience. Too bad we don’t have a Black Friday survival guide.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrate the Season with an Outdoor Holiday BBQ Cookout

By Angel Beltran

Whether we’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is rapidly approaching. That, of course, means family, friends and food!

Due to the dip in temperature during the fall and winter seasons, holiday dinners are typically hosted within the home. However, a non-traditional form of holiday fare can take place in the backyard or patio.

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Entertaining guests in the backyard or patio encourages a more laid back atmosphere. Combine that with good food and company, and you’ve got the recipe for a successful holiday dinner party! Most outdoor/patio gatherings occur during the daylight to prevent extreme cold from ensuing on your guests. If the party continues into the night, a bonfire or fire pit provides heat and visibility for your guests, as well as an excuse to make s’mores!

Decorating amongst natural foliage can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor holiday get together. Hanging twinkling lights from your patio will have a dramatic effect at dusk. You can also make your own garland by attaching cut outs onto a string: bat shapes for Halloween, leaf-shaped cutouts for Thanksgiving and snowflakes for Christmas. Simplicity is key!

Outdoor umbrellas don’t only provide shade during the day, but also help define your outdoor dining room space. If wind is an issue, you can weight dishes by placing a treat on your guest’s plates as a welcome gift, try a candied apple for a Halloween party! Setting up tables in different locations throughout your patio or backyard with food on one table, and drinks on another, will encourage guests to roam and be more convivial. Simplicity will make your holiday dinner a success and take the stress out of hosting a formal dinner.

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The best part about hosting an outdoor holiday fare is the ability to grill your meal on an authentic grill. Several traditional holiday recipes have been given the rustic treatment and translated into barbecue. Favorites such as corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and even whole turkeys can be prepared on an outdoor grill.

Cooking on an outdoor grill will give you more versatility than cooking on a traditional stove top oven, which is essential while preparing a holiday dinner. The direct heat and indirect heat an outdoor grill produces allows for a variety of cooking styles to occur at once. Direct heat is identified with cooking meats, while indirect heat provides the ability to steam or even bake some of your favorite side dishes. Imagine cutting down your holiday cooking time in half! That means more time to spend with family and friends!

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Whether you enjoy a succulent steak fresh off the grill, or seek comfort next to a cozy bonfire, Cal Flame can help you host your next gathering. Cal Flame has the ability to customize its wide range of hearth and barbecue products depending on the need of each customer. Ranging from barbecues, to fire pits, and fireplaces, Cal Flame offers products that will entertain guests and turn your backyard or patio into a “Home Resort.”

Since outdoor entertaining means simplicity, once guests have gone home or moved the party indoors, your patio or backyard will be a breeze to pack up. Pre-made desserts and holiday-themed cocktails drinks can be shared once the party moves inside.

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Spending quality time with family and friends in a unique setting and Cal Flame products can create a whole new entertaining holiday experience!

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