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783c7adf-5c31-47f8-eee2-df2643b86235-thumbGrilling is an excellent way to prepare food, but it does require going outside. In order to have the greatest experience, you should invest in fitting outdoor furniture and a high quality grill with features such as multiple burners, cooking grates, plenty of surface space, and a grease management system. With outdoor grills, you will want to look at a few grill accessories to ensure the best grilling experience. You don't want to be out there using just any old utensils!

Stainless Steel Skewers

One of the most popular ways to prepare food while grilling is through the use of skewers. Using stainless steel skewers will give the durability and strength you want and need. Stainless steel also makes it very easy to attach the food you want to have on your skewer because of how sharp one end can be.

Locking Tongs

Whether you are trying to place your food delicately onto the grilling surface or taking it off to enjoy after cooling down, you do not want to be in a situation where the food falls from your grips. In this case, using locking tongs is the best way to maintain a sturdy grip on food for the grill.

BBQ Gloves

It is imperative to be safe when grilling, and this means BBQ gloves are a necessity. If you need to get your hands on skewers without juggling them with your utensils, you can do this with BBQ gloves easily.

BBQ gloves are also helpful for getting scorching pots that may be on your grill, as well.

Spiral Brass Brush

After you finish cooking on the grill, you are going to want a way to clean it effectively. A standard wire brush may be sufficient enough, but a spiral brass brush will work wonders.

Contact us for more information about grills or outdoor furniture.

4 Tips For Cooking On Gas Grills In The Winter

 

Ah, Independence Day.

A time for family, fun, fireworks... and grilling!

 

     Do you have everything checked off your list this fourth?

 

That shiny new Weber you've had your eye on?

Maybe the Gourmet Napoleon Grill?

Or...the Big Green Egg?

All the right accessories to make sure your meal is flawless?

What about that extra propane tank, so you don't run out like your cousin did last year?

Will you need lump charcoal?

Did you remember that new dining set so everyone can sit together and still have room for their plates?

 

     Whatever is on your Independence Day inventory, you can find all the right things for your backyard needs at Lawn & Leisure! And for those who wait, don't worry! We will be open on the 4th, but only from 9:00am to 3:00pm, so hurry in! You won't want to show up unprepared to your own party!

a99d888f-3040-42a2-dd66-865426348353-thumbChances are you don’t use your propane grill as often in the winter as you do in the summer. When not in use, store your propane tank properly to ensure it is ready to go the next time you need it. Here are some tips for storing propane for grills we thought you should know about.

Indoor Storage

Your propane tank should be stored inside if possible; however, storing it in your home or an attached garage is not recommended. Pressure building up inside the tank can cause the relief valve to blow off, which in turn could cause damage and increase your risk of fire. The best place for your tank is inside a storage shed that is ideally located some distance from your house.

Outdoor Storage

If storing your tank indoors isn’t possible, you should first disconnect the rubber fuel line from your tank and take it inside. Squirrels have a tendency to chew through fuel lines during the winter, so bringing it indoors will protect it.

Once the tank is disconnected, stand it upright and place it a few inches off the ground. An old pallet or scraps of lumber are ideal to use for storing your propane tank. Cover the entire unit tightly with a tarp or cover designed especially for that purpose. To ensure it doesn’t blow away, use bungee cords to help secure it in place. Check the tank occasionally to make sure the covering is still in place.

By following these tips, you can avoid some of the common problems people have with propane tanks. To see the huge selection of grills, propane tanks and accessories we have available, contact us.

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This season can still be a time to utilize your quickest and most versatile cooking device. On milder days, take your ingredients outside to enjoy the flavors only gas grills can bring. Here are some tips to make fall and winter grilling easier and safer, plus recipes to inspire your cold-weather fare. 

Tips for cold weather grilling:

  • If you have a safe spot, consider moving your gas grill closer to your back entry for convenience.
  • When the temps are colder, give your grill extra time to heat up. If it normally takes 10 minutes in summer, plan to heat up the grill 20 minutes before cooking.
  • Avoid opening the grill as often as you might in summer. This can bring the temperature of the grill interior down enough to affect cooking efficiency. A remote thermometer can be really useful to monitor your food in the comfort of your home.
  • Remember to wear warm clothing when heading out to the grill. Dress in layers to make it easier for coming and going. For your safety, avoid loose clothing like scarves. 

Cold weather meal ideas: click on a recipe name to link to its source

Salad course:

  • Grilled Romaine Salad- This is as simple as placing half a head of lettuce or two directly on the grill. It's delicious with or without salad dressing.

Main courses:

Desserts:

  • Baked apples- This warm treat combining apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon is sweet and satisfying. Apples are grilled on aluminum foil, making clean up a snap. 
  • Grilled Gingerbread S'mores- The flavors of the season enhance the taste of traditional S'mores. Simply prepare them in a cast-iron skillet. 

Gas grills are a practical and efficient way to create warm meals now and into winter. Most meals prepared on the grill provide easy clean up, too. The flavors and aromas of the barbecue in summer will be even more welcomed and comforting in the dead of winter. Now, your gas grill can give you year-round enjoyment. 

We have a wide selection of gas grills to choose from, and we conveniently provide set up and delivery. Please contact us for further information. 

da40d63d-5d87-486d-dc47-839b3798fc9f-thumbMost people associate outdoor grilling with hot, summer barbecues and leisurely evenings under the stars. As fall arrives, there's no need to pack up your basting brush and "World's Best Griller" apron just yet. Cooler temperatures can make outdoor cooking and entertaining even more enjoyable.

Here are some tips and ideas to make the most of your gas or charcoal grill in the coming months:

Freshen up the grill:

  • Remove the residue of summer, such as hamburgers and chicken wings, by first heating up the grill grate. Then, use a wire brush to clean the bars. You can also use a ball of aluminum foil with long-handled tongs, if you prefer. 
  • Once clean, keep food from sticking by applying vegetable or olive oil. Simply wet a paper towel with the oil and rub the towel along the bars using long-handled tongs. Be sure that the oil doesn't drip onto coals or the surface below. 
  • If you've used your charcoal grill all summer, it might be advisable to dump the ashes and start fresh. If you have a gas grill, be sure to keep a full tank of propane on hand.

Get creative with cooking:

  • Think outside of the box by grilling food that is abundant in the fall, such as apples and acorn squash. There are many recipes for autumn's harvest online to give you inspiration.
  • More complex flavor profiles can be achieved by grilling comfort foods that we associate with the season. Macaroni and cheese, chili and even chicken pot pie can be cooked on the grill. 

Don't forget, you may need extra seating when your backyard becomes the most popular place on the block this fall. There are many options available in patio furniture, such as large dining tables and comfortable chairs, to create a pleasing environment for you and your guests to dine al fresco. Now you are ready to enjoy the crisp air of the great outdoors just a little bit longer. 

Please contact us for your outdoor grill and patio furniture needs. 

703-471-6699