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BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

Don’t Break These 7 Home Landscaping Rules

How your home looks from the outside is crucial, as it adds to your curb appeal, the safety of your property, the flow of your yard, and your comfort and convenience. Therefore, planning proper landscaping, whether for functionality, aesthetics or both, should take priority. When you do this, you’re going a long way toward achieving […]

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How your home looks from the outside is crucial, as it adds to your curb appeal, the safety of your property, the flow of your yard, and your comfort and convenience. Therefore, planning proper landscaping, whether for functionality, aesthetics or both, should take priority. When you do this, you’re going a long way toward achieving […]

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How your home looks from the outside is crucial, as it adds to your curb appeal, the safety of your property, the flow of your yard, and your comfort and convenience. Therefore, planning proper landscaping, whether for functionality, aesthetics or both, should take priority. When you do this, you’re going a long way toward achieving the perfect look and level of maintenance that works for your property.

But there are certain things you shouldn’t do when it comes to planning your landscape. Here are seven don’ts to heed.

DON’T:

1.    Do it All Yourself

While you may consider yourself a DIY’er in other aspects of home maintenance, you may not necessarily have a green thumb or an eye for landscape design. This is why, in regards to planning your entire landscape, you should defer to the professionals who have the training to ensure all work is done correctly. They know which plants are best for which areas of your yard, and can offer expert design advice that results in a healthy, well-managed landscape.

2.    Overdevelop Your Yard

You must size your outdoor living area or patio in the right dimensions relative to your home. If you overcrowd your landscape, you will lose space and create a confused, cluttered look. Keep it classy and simple.

3.    Neglect to Consider Your Climate

Always think about your climate when selecting the plants you want, whether that involves flowers, grass, trees or bushes. You may be thinking about choosing plants to match your house, but in your haste, don’t neglect to consider which plants are best-suited for your particular region. This can spell the difference between a flourishing landscape and an unhealthy one that won’t last.

4.    Ignore Your Maintenance Capabilities

When selecting your outdoor living layout and accents, take time to think about how much work you actually want to be responsible for on a regular basis. If you don’t care to maintain an entire garden of flowers that must be planted annually, for instance, go with perennials that grow back every year. Biting off more than you can chew will only overwhelm you later. Be honest with yourself now.

5.    Forget About Shading

Think about the areas on your property that consistently get shade and at which times of the day, helping you select the right location for plants within your landscaping plan.

6.    Fail to Seed and Aerate Your Lawn

Be proactive about your lawn so it remains healthy season after season. This will involve regular seeding and aerating of the lawn every spring at least, which will serve to free up space in your lawn for the grass to gain strength.

7.    Ignore Sloping Concerns

Make sure there are no surfaces that angle toward your house. For example, make sure hard surfaces like patio areas are not sloping toward your foundation, or else rain runoff will head straight toward your basement and possibly flood it.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

For help planning your landscape, schedule a consultation with us at Outdoor Home Living. Contact us today at 214-328-5296.

 

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