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Learn How to Protect Your Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Equipment

Learn How to Protect Your Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Equipment

A majority of stainless steel outdoor kitchen equipment owners never know how to protect stainless steel outdoors. Some ignore, assuming that the outdoor equipment will still corrode even when protected. However, that’s not always the case. You can learn and implement simple ways of maintaining a shiny and bright surface on your stainless steel kitchen equipment.

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How can you keep your outdoor stainless steel looking new?

The solution to spotless stainless steel surfaces are never far from what you can readily access or what you already know but not applying well. To keep your stainless steel outdoor kitchen equipment spotless, you’ll need to follow the simple steps listed below. 

  1. Use the Right Tools
  2. Clean with the Polish Lines
  3. Use Alkaline Containing Cleaners
  4. Rinse Well
  5. Restore Stainless Steel

1) Use the Right Tools

Non-abrasive tools like microfiber, sponges, or plastic scouring pads are ideal for cleaning these surfaces. While they clean perfectly, they minimize scratches on the surface. Scrapers such as steel wool, wire brushes, or anything that might scratch the surface are not ideal for cleaning a stainless steel surface.

2) Clean with the Polish Lines

Stainless steel possesses a grain that runs in one direction or another, defined as lines. When cleaning, it is best if you wipe or scrub along the lines. This is particularly important to consider when you are using something more abrasive than a soft cloth..

3) Use Alkaline Containing Cleaners

Alkaline is the best cleaner for stainless steel. A cleaning solution containing a mixture with traces of alkaline, non-chlorinated chemicals, or chlorinated alkaline solutions will work perfectly to clean these surfaces. You should, however, avoid cleaners that contain quaternary salts as they cause rusting and pitting.

Pro Tip: If you are unsure of what alkaline solution to use, get stainless steel cleaners specifically designed for stainless steel surfaces.

4) Rinse Well

If you used chlorinated cleaners, you should rinse and wipe the kitchen surface and equipment immediately. You should wipe off the standing water mostly if it contains chemicals you used to wash the surface. However, if you use sanitizer to clean and disinfect the kitchen surface, do not wipe off or rinse the surface after cleaning.

5) Restore Stainless Steel

After all cleaning and scrubbing, you can restore the shine of your stainless steel with lemon oil or food-grade mineral oil. You can apply the polish in line with the grain’s direction using a lint-free cloth. You can as well dry it using another lint-free cloth.

Use These Tips to Refresh Your Stainless Steel

You now perfectly understand how to protect stainless steel outdoors without too much trouble. When you use these tips effectively, you end up preventing rust and corrosion, maintaining a sparkling surface for your outdoor kitchen equipment.

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Knife Care: Take Care of Your Grilling Tools!

Knife Care: Take Care of Your Grilling Tools!

If you don’t know much about kitchen knife care, you’re probably finding it hard to keep your knives sharp. Many materials in your kitchen can destroy the sharp edges of your high-quality kitchen cutlery. Tile, marble, and granite countertops are some of the things that can damage your sharp grilling tools. How can you take care of the kitchen knives?

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Keeping your kitchen knives clean and sharp is very important. You need to avoid practices that might damage the cutlery, such as using the knives directly on glass and metal surfaces. We’ll show you some simple tips for storing and caring for your precious knife collection. Here are the ideas to consider:

Properly Storing Cutlery

The safest place to store your kitchen knives is either on a knife block or magnetic strip. Tossing a sharp knife in the drawer can destroy the sharp edges. You also risk cutting your hands when reaching the drawers. When using a magnetic knife strip, ensure that it’s strong enough to hold the heaviest knives in your cutlery. Use a magnetic strip made of stainless steel and wood in front of magnets to prevent metals from rubbing against each other.

How Often to Sharpen Knives

Keeping your kitchen knives honed and sharpened throughout is the secret to owning quality cutlery. To ensure that the blades remain sharp, remember to hone and sharpen them frequently. You can do that before and after every use, and even polishing them with a leather strop to keep them in great shape. The blades will last for many years.

Pro Tip: To give your top-quality cutlery the proper care and maintenance they deserve, hone and sharpen the knives regularly using the sharpening blocks and honing steels.

Quality Cleaning Guidelines

Cleaning your kitchen knives properly can keep them in great condition. Avoid washing the cutlery in a dishwasher, which tends to remove any protective coatings on the knives. The dishwasher uses highly-caustic chemicals that can wear the blades’ edges, making the knives dull. Always wash the blades by hand using hot water and mild detergent.

Taking Great Care of Your Cooking Utensils

Since your cutlery is one of the most valuable assets in your kitchen, you need to embrace all the knife care tips we’ve discussed. Make sure you hone and sharpen the knives frequently, wash them regularly, and store them properly. With these knife maintenance ideas, you can keep your blades sharp for a very long time.

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How to Clean a Gas Grill

How to Clean a Gas Grill

Learning how to clean a gas grill can help to extend your grill’s lifespan. If not removed, the carbon buildup and food residue remaining on the grill will form rust and damage its components. You will have to buy replacement parts or even a new gas grill every time.

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While cleaning a gas grill may not be as easy as grilling a savory meal for dinner, you should clean the grates after cooking. To ensure that the gas grill is in great shape, you should deep-clean it occasionally. It involves cleaning the grill from the top down. Here is how to clean gas grill components.

First Steps to Take

If you intend to deep-clean your gas grill, you should first clean the grates by burning off the leftover grease and grime. Here are the first steps to take for quick cleaning.

  • Set all burners to high while keeping the lid closed for around 10- 15 minutes
  • Open the lid, turn off all the burners, and disconnect the gas supply
  • Let the grill cool to a moderate temperature of around 250°F – 300°F
  • Scrub the grates back and forth using a wadded ball of foil or grill brush

After scrubbing the grates, ensure there’s no grime left before cleaning the whole grill.

Cleaning Supplies to Use

As the gas grill cools, get all the cleaning supplies for deep cleaning ready. You’ll need water, a sponge, and mild dish detergent to wash the grill’s components. The mild detergent is ideal for grills that require surface cleaning only. For hard-to-clean grills, use Bar Keepers Friend, which is tough on rust. It’s available as a powder or liquid.

Getting a Deep Clean

To deep-clean the gas grill, start by setting aside the cleaned grill grates to access the flame tamers. Remove and scrub each flame tamer using a stainless steel wire brush. Check if there are food residues on the grill’s underside and clean it. Exposing foods to direct flame can burn off drippings, which find their way to the bottom.

When you remove all the flame tamers, you’ll access the burners and heat baffles, if present. Clean the burners one at a time by scrapping the exterior using the grill brush and unclogging the gas ports using a paperclip. Scrub the grill’s firebox walls and side walls using the wire brush.

Pro Tip: Remember to check for carbon buildup on the hood’s underside and at the back of the hood’s thermometer’s back and clean it off with a soft cloth and Carbon-Off.

Deep Cleaning Your Gas Grill for Grilling Season

Now that you know how to clean a gas grill, you’ll find it easy to keep your gas grill clean. Ensure that you deep-clean the gas grill occasionally during the grilling season. Finally, avoid using cleaners that might react with your grill components.

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Outdoor Kitchen Design: 5 Things to Remember

Outdoor Kitchen Design: 5 Things to Remember

Choosing an outdoor kitchen design that matches your style is the best way to add fun to your outdoor living space. Before you dive into the basics of outdoor kitchen planning, spend some time looking for the type of space that will best fit your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at some of the best outdoor kitchen ideas to consider.

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What are some essentials to keep in mind for your outdoor kitchen?

When setting up a kitchen in your backyard, you must install all the essentials to complete the space. Some of the must-have accessories in an outdoor kitchen include refrigerators, barbeque grills, and ovens. Consider equipment made from stainless steel to withstand adverse weather conditions.

Here are the critical factors to consider when setting up an outdoor kitchen.

  1. The Basics
  2. Cooking & Grilling
  3. Refrigeration
  4. Organization
  5. Insulation & Ventilation

1) The Basics

You want an outdoor kitchen design that fits your lifestyle. But where should you start? Install the basic outdoor kitchen equipment, such as built-in gas grills, access doors, a compact refrigerator, a side burner, and a trash bin. The patio kitchen should also have a sink and sizable counter space for meal prepping foods.

2) Cooking & Grilling

Adding a grill to your outdoor kitchen can make cooking more convenient. There are various types of grills, including gas grills, charcoal grills, pellet grills, and portable grills. Select a design that fits your needs and lifestyle. Other essentials that can add cooking versatility to the grill area include a smoker, power burner, or kamado.

3) Refrigeration

If you love entertainment, take your kitchen space to the next level by adding ice makers, wine coolers, beverage centers, and kegerators. When organizing poolside adventures, turn your outdoor kitchen into a cocktail paradise by installing the outdoor refrigeration appliances. Your family and friends will enjoy having ice-cold beverages.

4) Organization

Keeping all the appliances and accessories organized can improve your outdoor décor and help you save more space in the outdoor dining area. Ensure the kitchen has a big dining table and enough storage compartments to store all the ingredients you’ll need to grill your favorite meal. You’ll easily access the items while grilling.

5) Insulation & Ventilation

When setting up an outdoor kitchen, your safety should come first. One of the best ways to ensure that is by insulating and ventilating the outdoor kitchen. Use insulated jackets when installing your cooking appliances on a combustible island. Vent panels or vent hoods are also essential for proper gas venting in the kitchen.

Pro Tip: Look at design ideas online to find the outdoor decor that will best suit your new kitchen!

The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Design for Your Home

Modern outdoor kitchens are an excellent example of a perfect outdoor kitchen design. Ensure you select the appliances that can spice up your outdoor living space. Consider modern outdoor cooking appliances over the traditional ones. The bottom line is to find an outdoor kitchen design that fits your needs and lifestyle.

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Complete Your Outdoor Kitchen with These 6 Appliances

Complete Your Outdoor Kitchen with These 6 Appliances

Are you planning to set up an outdoor kitchen in your backyard? If so, you’ll need to add a few outdoor kitchen appliances to complete the space. You wouldn’t want to make frequent trips into the house to use your indoor kitchen appliances. Which equipment options are needed for an outdoor kitchen? Let’s find out!

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What are some great appliances to complete your outdoor kitchen?

Outdoor kitchen appliances are not new. The only difference between them and indoor kitchen appliances is that they are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, like temperatures and humidity. So, make the right choice when buying appliances for your outdoor kitchen. Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  1. Charcoal Grills
  2. Gas Grills 
  3. Pellet Grills
  4. Pizza Oven
  5. BBQ Smoker 
  6. Side Burners

1) Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are highly versatile and offer the simplest way to grill your favorite food, whether meat, fruits, or veggies. However, there are different designs of charcoal grills, including built-in charcoal grills and free-standing charcoal grills. The latter is mobile, making it easier to set it up anywhere in your backyard. Whatever your outdoor cooking preferences, charcoal grills are a great option for parties. 

2) Gas Grills

Gas grills are excellent alternatives to charcoal grills. They are customizable, versatile, and easy-to-use. Most importantly, the grills can generate and maintain stable high heat levels, allowing you to cook meals quickly. However, the designs for gas grills vary, depending on configuration and the type of gas used.

3) Pellet Grills

If you crave for slow-cooked smoked meat but don’t want to use charcoal or gas grills, you can opt for the pellet grill. It uses a special fuel (wood pellets) made by compressing hardwood sawdust. Thankfully, the pellet grills can ignite easily and produce even heat. You can choose either a free-standing or built-in grill.

Pro Tip: With a temperature range of 200-700 degrees Fahrenheit, pellet cookers can smoke, grill, barbecue, broil, and bake. Some models can even sear food.

4) Pizza Oven

Are you a pizza fanatic? If so, a pizza oven is a must-have appliance in your outdoor kitchen. The equipment is highly versatile and comes in different styles, depending on configurations and type of fuel used. Some of the designs include built-in, free-standing, portable, and countertop pizza ovens. Their sizes also vary.

5) BBQ Smoker

Like the pellet grills, BBQ smokers can cook foods at low heat for longer periods. The good news is, there are various models in the market, including electric, charcoal, gas, and pellet BBQ smokers. Generally, you ought to choose a model that matches your outdoor kitchen’s style.

6) Side Burners

You can inexpensively boost your outdoor kitchen’s versatility by adding a side burner. It offers separate temperature controls, allowing you to cook at multiple heat levels for a sear, simmer, and boiling. Notably, there are different side burner designs, including single side burners, double-side burners, and power burners. 

Finalizing Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen 

Now, it’s time to spruce up your outdoor kitchen space by adding these outdoor kitchen appliances. Choose brands that will suit your kitchen style. You can buy appliances of the same brand or mix and match different brands. Once you’ve done that, hire a reputable contractor to help you install the kitchen appliances.

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A Guide to Outdoor Refrigerators & Coolers

A Guide to Outdoor Refrigerators & Coolers

Are you planning some poolside adventures in your backyard? You’ll need an outdoor fridge or an outdoor wine cooler to liven up the party. Once you’ve set up this great outdoor equipment, you can stock them with everything you’ll need for the adventures, including some chilled beverages.

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What should you know before buying an outdoor refrigerator or cooler?

When choosing an outdoor refrigerator or cooler, select a device that can withstand the outdoor temperatures. There are several types of fridges and coolers designed based on specialty and the intended use. Here are the different styles of outdoor refrigeration.

  1. Compact Refrigerators and Freezers
  2. Outdoor Beverage Coolers
  3. Outdoor Ice Makers
  4. Outdoor Wine Coolers
  5. Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Refrigeration
  6. Undercounter vs. Freestanding
  7. Classes of Refrigeration to Consider

1) Compact Refrigerators and Freezers

In most cases, outdoor compact refrigerators are ideal for storing refreshments, treats for kids, and kitchen perishables and ingredients. It keeps food and other items below 40°F, preventing the growth of bacteria. On the other hand, compact freezers can safely and conveniently store food for a long time at 0°F.

2) Outdoor Beverage Coolers

Your wine and beer deserve proper storage, and that’s where the outdoor beverage coolers come in handy. Most of these cooling devices operate around 40-45 °F, the right temperature for beer and carbonated drinks. Consider a cooling unit with interior lighting, rather than an incandescent bulb producing UV light.

3) Outdoor Ice Makers

You don’t want to have to run to the store to look for bags of ice in the middle of your party. Thankfully, an outdoor ice maker can keep your outdoor party and adventures going by always making fresh ice streams. Different types of ice makers can produce different shapes of ice for a variety of uses. 

4) Outdoor Wine Coolers

If you would love to add some wine to the outdoor party, the outdoor wine coolers are must-have assets in your backyard. The equipment operates at a temperature of around 45-60 °F and within appropriate humidity levels. Thankfully, most outdoor wine cooler models can keep your drinks safe from UV light and absorb shocks and vibrations.

5) Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Refrigeration

Indoor refrigeration involves applications inside a house while the outdoor refrigeration involves applications outside the home, let’s say the backyard. However, there’s more beyond this simple difference. For instance:

  • Indoor refrigeration appliances tend to use less electricity and produce less noise compared to their outdoor counterparts. That’s because the temperatures within the house tend to remain relatively steady.
  • Outdoor refrigeration appliances get exposed to adverse weather conditions, sudden temperature swings, and other environmental elements. So, the fridges have to work harder to keep the temperatures down.

Pro Tip: While almost all indoor and outdoor fridges consist of stainless steel, the two systems’ stainless-steel food-grade differs. For outdoor usage, choose a refrigerator with a higher stainless-steel grade.

6) Undercounter vs. Freestanding

There are two main differences between these two refrigeration models:

  • Undercounter Refrigerators: You can build these models in a kitchen or bar island. However, these refrigeration models rely heavily on front-venting designs. It also requires adequate space under the counters for proper ventilation.
  • Freestanding Refrigerators: As the name suggests, stand-alone refrigerators can work effectively both indoors and outdoors. Most of them have rolling casters to facilitate movement from one place to another within your home.

7) Classes of Refrigeration to Consider

If you are looking for an outdoor fridge, figure out the class of refrigeration system you need, whether it’s luxury, standard, or premium refrigeration. Both premium and luxury refrigeration have a stainless steel exterior to prevent damage by external factors. On the other hand, standard models may not be reliable in extreme outdoor environments.

Choosing the Perfect Refrigerator for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Now that we’ve looked at the buying guide for an outdoor fridge and outdoor cooler, you can choose the right refrigerator for your outdoor kitchen. After buying the new fridge or cooler, stock it full to ensure it works perfectly. Remember to clean the refrigerator regularly using edible cleaners, such as vinegar and baking soda.

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