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tools-that-will-come-in-handy-when-cooking-on-your-outdoor-fireplace-fairfax-vaOne of the best things about owning an outdoor fireplace is the ability to cook delicious meals on it. To make the most of your outdoor fireplace, a few unique cooking tools will come in handy:

  • Crane and Dutch oven, which can be useful for cooking stews and soups, or slow-cooking beans. For best results, purchase the crane and Dutch oven together so you can be sure they are compatible.
  • Rotisserie, which can allow you to cook whole chickens or leg of lamb until they are browned to perfection
  • Pie iron, which is typically made from cast iron and somewhat resembles a press. This tool is perfect for making grilled cheese and Panini sandwiches, in addition to numerous desserts
  • Skewers, to make everything from shish kabobs to roasted vegetables
  • Kettle popper, in order to make hot delicious popcorn with only a few drops of oil

In addition to these tools, a simple grate like those found on most park grills will enable you to cook directly over an open fire. Choose a grate with supporting legs that elevate it three to four inches to prevent food from burning. While you can use nearly any metal pan on one of these grates, cast iron cookware is preferred because it conducts heat well without becoming too hot. Your skillets will ideally have very long handles to make it easier for you to use them without getting burned.

There’s something about food cooked over an open fire that is appealing to everyone. If you don’t yet have an outdoor fireplace, contact us to find just how easy it is to install one in your own backyard.

 

 

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If you have an outdoor fireplace, you don't have to stop using it during the summer months. An outdoor fireplace is an excellent place to make delicious S'mores in on a summer evening as well. When you think of S'mores, you probably think of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers; however, there are actually several different ways to make them. Here are a few fun ideas you might want to try yourself:

  • Spread a bit of peanut butter on your graham crackers before adding chocolate and marshmallows
  • Drizzle some caramel ice cream topping over your marshmallows before placing it in the fire
  • Use mint chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels or any other type of baking chip you like instead of bars of chocolate
  • Add a slice of banana or strawberry
  • Place a strawberry on a skewer, and then stuff inside a large marshmallow. Melt over the fire, and then drizzle with chocolate syrup when done. Roll in crushed graham cracker crumbs and serve
  • Crush peppermint candies and sprinkle them on top of your chocolate before melting
  • Add miniature marshmallows, bite-sized chocolate and graham cracker crumbs to a drumstick-style ice cream cone before melting to make it easier to eat
  • Use chocolate or strawberry flavored marshmallows instead of plain ones
  • Cut a Butterfinger or Snickers candy bar into very tiny pieces and use in place of plain chocolate
  • Use sandwich cookies with the filling removed to make the base of the S'more
  • Spread your graham cracker with marshmallow cream, and cover with colorful sprinkles
  • Place a Reese's peanut butter cup between the two pieces of graham cracker and place a marshmallow on top

As you can see, there are virtually unlimited ways to make S'mores. Now all you need is an outdoor fireplace-contact us today in order to get started.

 

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