Barbecue
October 8, 2017

4 Main Steps to Consider In Order To Make the Perfect Barbecue

A barbecue is one of the most exciting and most sought after events during a nice breezy summer. With good reason too, it brings out an instant richness of meats and vegetables. Getting the perfect barbecue is a combination of both science and art. Given below are some basic techniques on how to make a great barbecue and what steps you need to take initially to be a more accomplished barbecue.

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Maintain Your Grill and Equipment at All Times

It is important to have a routine of cleaning your grill lighting before you start each session. A thorough and heavy clean would be necessary once or twice a year. There is always grease and oils that build up on the grills after heavy use and this can impart certain off putting flavours to your food. Therefore make sure to lightly fist off debris off the top and bottom grates of your grill. In heavier clean ups, using an enzymatic cleaner especially used for grills will help.

Charcoal Grills Will Give the Best Result

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While gas grills are convenient and cheap, if you want to be the best barbecuer in town then an old fashioned charcoal grill will definitely up your game. Charcoal grills are far more superior than gas ones for the following reasons. They are much hotter which means that your cooking time is significantly reduced. They also burn wood, which is thought to impart more flavours and aroma on to the food. They allow for smoking too which adds to the flavours. In addition, the primal excitement of cooking on an actual fire and burning wood will never be experienced through the gas grills.

Try to Get Thicker Cuts of Meat

Meat

Thicker cuts are better unless they are pork chops or steaks as these will give a more enticing BBQ combo. The outsides of the meat will be crispy while the inside is tender and juicy. This is because when the inside is completely cooked, it would have given the meat enough time to develop a crispy crust on the outside. A general rule of thumb when buying the meat is about 1-2 inches of thickness.

Seasonings
Most people think that BBQ requires complex seasoning techniques. However, if you stick with simple seasonings such as salt and pepper there is no way that you can go wrong. All other seasonings are just incidental. Salt your meats about 40 minutes before grilling so that it absorbs the flavor and not any of the moisture of the meat and lastly sprinkle some pepper right before serving.

Enjoying the Outdoors
October 8, 2017

5 Fun and Easy Ways of Enjoying the Outdoors

Spending time in the outdoors can really bring about a sense of calm and relaxation from all the problems and hectic lifestyle that you are usually faced with. Ditch the phones and the internet, take along some friends and take a walk around the majestic oceans, forests and nature around you. You will without a doubt feel instantly refreshed and invigorated, almost as if starting your life all over again. Find below some suggestions on how you can spend a great time in the outdoors.

Enjoying the Outdoors

Shell Collecting By the Sea

Shell collecting is an old school way of enjoying the great outdoors without overextending yourself. Some people don’t like surfing or tanning by the beach however, picking up shells by the shore can not only be interesting, it can also be educational. Do it with some friends if you want to take long walks by the beach. You will encounter various types of shells that you can go online and try to identify and even make a collection of your own. It’s a great way of paying close attention to detail and enjoying the beach.

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Take up Bird Watching

Bird watching is perfect for those of who have a real love for nature, its animals and enjoy being amongst the wild patiently and for long hours to catch a good glimpse of some exotic animals. Having some binoculars, guidebook and a notebook will help you identify the birds and take notes. Some serious bird watchers spend a lot of time in the wilderness in search of that rate or exotic bird however, you can always use a more casual approach and who knows you might just be lucky enough to witness some rare sights! Bird watching is also a great way to help children develop a love for nature and bond with parents.

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Biking
As children we definitely would have taken long bike rides in the neighbourhoods. It’s a perfect way to enjoy nature with the cool winds breezing at your face while you pedal on your bike. It is also a great way of keeping fit and healthy.

 

Camping

A night or two under stars, in the wilderness and surrounded by nature is a whole different experience if planned well and done right. Camping is best done with your family and friends as it brings you closer together without any distractions from everyday life such as work or mobile phones. Besides, won’t it be totally fun to build your own campfire and cook your own dinner under the moonlight? It sure will be one of the most memorable days of your life.

Camping
October 8, 2017

The 4 Main Safety Tips To Consider When Camping

Going out camping in the wilderness is a lot of fun and is a great way to relax in the nature while exploring the natural wonders around you. If you are first timer, the thought of being in the wilderness can be a little nerve racking and daunting. Apart from knowing what and how to pack the basic items, it is vital to also know how to be safe during your camping trip. Here are some key tips on safety you need to consider when camping ensuring that you have a good time.

Take Bug Repellants, Wear Sunscreen and Sunglasses

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In the outdoors, you will encounter various small insects such as mosquitoes, ticks and so on. Spraying on some bug repellant will prevent you from any nasty bites or diseases. In addition, the outdoors call for long exposure to sunlight that can cause severe sunburn amongst other skin related issues in the long run. Use sunscreen and sunglasses with at least SPF 15 to keep you away from strong rays of sunlight during the day. Wearing long sleeves and pants to cover most of your body will also help in avoiding bug bites and harsh sunlight exposure.

Pack a First Aid Kit

First Aid

A first aid kit will make a significant difference in an emergency. You can always personalize your kit according to your needs and requirements for example; depending on the type of location your campsite will be. Some of the recommendations are gauze, cotton swabs, antiseptic wipes to name just a few. Knowing some basic first aid skills such as identifying and treating an injury will not only be important when camping but is a life skill that would be important in everyday life as well. Learn to identify symptoms for dehydration, hypothermia and heat stroke through various first aid classes or online. If you decide to plan a trip to a completely unknown territory or country then it is best to get yourself vaccinated.

Pack Foods Properly 

Pack Foods

You are most likely to have a bad camping experience if you are left hungry or thinking about your favorite food for the most part of the trip. To avoid this, pack yourself your favorite treats in airtight containers. Eating and drinking contaminated food and water can cause serious illness and it is something you must be most cautious about. Make sure to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer at all times.  If you decide to cook a hot meal over the campfire for dinner be sure to cook them properly at the right temperatures.

Camping
October 8, 2017

4 Simple Ways to Make Your Camping Experience Enjoyable

A wonderful way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city life is to go camping. A hike up the mountains and sleeping under the stars is an inexpensive way to reconnect with nature. However, if you think that putting up a tent and building a campfire requires a lot of effort that seems unappealing then your camping trip is unlikely to happen. When it comes to camping, a little bit of planning and being safe will go a long way. Take a look at the steps below:

Finding Your Location

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If you are a little skeptical about camping or this is your first time then the best way to get excited at the idea is to choose a location that you are excited to go to! Visiting a new part of the country or exploring a completely new and different habitat will definitely be adventurous and make you want to go out camping. There are many state national parks or campsites at beautiful and diverse locations to choose from.
Type of Location

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When it comes to the type of campsite, many national parks and campsites offer a choice between two: remote and full service campsites. Remote campsites are ones with few to no basic amenities such as running water, electricity, restrooms or picnic tables and so on. Full service sites usually offer all of the above. There are also private campsites that offer extra facilities such as outdoor pools if you need a bit of luxury. Make sure you know what you want before you start on your trip.

 Choosing a Tent 

It is crucial to have a good quality tent when you decide to go camping as this will essentially be your temporary home for a few days. The better the quality of your tent, the better your camping experience will be. A tent that is usually larger than what you actually need is far more comfortable than smaller, cramped up tents. There are tents such as 3- season tents that are good for moderate weather while the 4-season tents tend to be best for camping out in harsher weather conditions such as during winter.

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Pack the Right and Most Essential Gear

There will be a bunch of essential gear that will make your camping experience more pleasant. These include camp chairs, hammocks, and folding tables to name a few. There is also a need for extra blankets and scarves as you never know how the weather will change. Flashlights, rope, matches, extra batteries, pocket knives are some items that will always come in handy when you are in the outdoors.

Outdoor Furniture
October 8, 2017

How to Maintain and Protect the Fabric in Your Outdoor Furniture

The outdoors is very much the place to be during those breezy warm summers. The warm seasons call for everyone to spend time in their gardens, porches and by a pool. During these season it is vital to have attractive and practical furniture as a part of the decor. However, some people are a little reluctant to invest in furniture for the outdoors, mainly because of the regular maintenance. This simple guide will help you protect and maintain your fabric in furniture without too much trouble.

Outdoor Furniture

Removing Fabric off The Furniture 

You have to give priority to the fabric of the furniture first as this is one of the first things that is likely to be damaged and dirty. The only way you can protect it is by removing it. For those which are not removable, you can use a slip on cover to protect it from rain, dust and even small insects. If the cushions are removable then you can easily remove the fabric in them and wash them.

Outdoor Furniture

Clean the Fabric and Upholstery

When it comes to the upholstery, you must thoroughly clean them with either a laundry detergent or dish soap and warm water. It is best not to use harsh chemicals as these can wear the fabric easily. Scrub the fabric and let the soap sink in.

Rinse and Dry

The next step in protecting the fabric is to rinse the detergents off using a hose as this will dilute the chemicals and make it come off easily. If it’s not possible to use a hose, you can also soak a towel in water and rinse it off the fabric. Make sure after it is thoroughly rinsed to dry it off completely. Having wet or damp fabric and upholstery can reduce the effectiveness of protection on the furniture and there is a very high chance of developing mildew.

Outdoor Furniture

Use a Fabric Protector

Finally, apply a fabric protector on to the fabric to protect it from any discoloration. You can find fabric protector sprays in most stores that sell cleaning supplies or home appliances. Reapply this fabric protector at the beginning of each season to minimize damage. If you want to keep your cushions outside, make sure that they are firmly in place by strapping them with some Velcro on to the furniture. You would not want your cushions to be blown away by strong gusts of wind. You could also store them away indoors in a non-plastic bag to ensure that mites or mildew does not build up over time.

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