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If you haven’t done so yet, mark the 24th of September in your diary because it’s that one day of the year where South Africans light up as one to braai their favourite foods. But instead of legging it to your closest petrol station and buying a bag of wood or briquettes, why not dust off the old Cadac gas grill this year? The house will be less smoky, the meat will get done quicker, and you can generally get more food done, with less.
Below we look at a couple of tips to help you up your gas grill game.
So, are you new to the exciting world of gas grilling? There are a couple of essential tips every gas griller should keep in mind for improved health and safety, and general equipment longevity.
• Keep your grill clean. It may sound like a no-brainer, but there are a lot of reasons for cleaning your grill after use. Among the most important is that it reduces the risk of disease. Accumulated fats cooling on the grill can trap bacteria and other contaminants, which can easily grow into a colony. These can spread and, depending on the type, become airborne or contaminate your food when it gets heated next. You’ll also have less smoke, and more flavour in your food.
• Always have extra gas. Not so much a rule as it is prudence, but you’ll agree that running out of gas when the meat or veggies are almost done is quite an anti-climax.
• Always watch your grill. The amount of pizzas ordered because of burnt food due to “just stepping inside to check the score” moments is staggering. Keep an eye on your grill at all times to ensure that the food you initially spent money on is the food you end up eating.
We can’t really tell you how to cook – you’ll have to figure that one out on your own. But what we can do is give you a couple of cooking guidelines to help you appear more of a pro when it comes to food preparation on your gas grill.
• Avoid cross contamination. “Cross contamination”, for those new to food health and safety, has to do with the handling of food. It means that different foods should ideally not be mixed (or allowed to touch) before or after cooking; bacteria which may be unable to live on one type of food might thrive on another when transferred. As such, never dish cooked meats into the containers you took them from (unless the container has been washed), and never place different types of raw meats (like fish and wors) into one container.
• Temperature is everything. One of the advantages of a gas grill is that you can control the temperature much more effectively. As such, use a suitable temperature for the foods you are preparing, instead of trying to cook everything on high. You’ll burn fewer items, and receive more praise from the missus and the kids.
• Searing is good. Now just because you have to be respectable with your heat, doesn’t mean that you have to be conservative – a good cook knows when to turn up the heat, and when to let things go slow. When you are preparing beef, lamb or pork, open up the heat, put the meat on and turn quickly until the visible surface has been caramelised, and then turn down the heat to a normal cooking temperature. You’ll preserve the meat’s natural juices, and also the flavour.
Other than that, just invest in a good recipe book and you’ll be on your way. Remember the gas grilling tips above, and note down your own as you progress in experience to ensure that every meal is masterfully prepared.
Prepare For Load Shedding With Grills In South Africa
City Power has updated their load shedding schedule recently which probably means that we will all be sitting without electricity for some parts of specific days of the week. Although City Power has denied that they will be implementing this load shedding schedule, it is probably best to prepare for the worst. Make sure that your gas or charcoal grills in South Africa are clean and accessible for use when the power does go out. Most South Africans cover or store their grills during winter so make sure you take yours out so that you don’t have to hunt in the dark for your grills to take care of your cooking needs during a power failure.
Although there are many ways in which you can minimise your carbon footprint, very few of these means are directly beneficial to you. However, replacing your charcoal or wood barbeque with gas grills provides you with many advantages in reducing your carbon emissions. Just one of these benefits is that you will be eating cleaner tasting food that hasn’t been tainted by smoke, ash or charcoal dust from a regular barbeque. Another benefit is that you won’t have to spend nearly as much time starting a fire with gas grills. (More Gas Grills)
To find out more benefits of changing to gas grills and throwing out your traditional charcoal or wood barbeques, please contact us.
There are many countries around the world who would like stake their claim as being able to provide the best BBQ grills. South Africa is one of these many countries where BBQ grills are not just about cooking over an open fire but have become a way of life. This is evident in that the National Heritage day in the country is also well known as National Braai Day where every person is encouraged to throw some meat on their BBQ grills no matter what the weather is like outdoors. So when you are looking for quality BBQ grills what better place to start than in South Africa.
For more information on the types of BBQ grills that are available in South Africa you can simply contact us.
Remember to never let any food, marinade or sauces harden on your gas BBQ. Always try and clean the gas BBQ as soon as possible after you’ve used it. Dried on food is difficult to remove and may require scrubbing or the use of abrasive cleaners to remove the burnt on food. Scrubbing and the use of these types of abrasive chemicals will damage the surface of the gas BBQ. Should any of your gas BBQ parts or components become damaged, find out whether your BBQ supplier can offer you replacements.
To ensure that you are using the right procedures and detergents to clean your gas BBQ, just contact us.
Make sure that your gas canister that you are using is compatible with the make and model of your gas grill. You will also need to ensure that the gas canister is not leaking in any way and that all valves and hoses are intact before you begin grilling. Keep in mind that your gas canister should never be over filled and that you should only re-fill it at a reliable LP gas supplier. Adhering to these few simple rules will ensure that you have a safe and hazard free gas grill every time you barbecue.
For more information on how to meet the safety precautions for your gas grill to minimise the risk of any hazards occurring while you are grilling or even when the grill is not in use, please contact us.
There are many different types of BBQ burners available for you to choose from. The simplest form of a gas burner can be placed directly onto a gas cylinder or cartridge. Most types of pots and pans can then be used to cook food over the BBQ burners. Larger gas barbeques normally have more than one burner with a grill or griddle placed over the burners. This allows you to flame grill food without requiring pots and pans or other types of cooking equipment.
What To Look For In A BBQ Burner
The continual war of words between those who prefer a gas braai and those who swear by the natural flavours provided by a wood or briquette burning fire continues unabated, with neither side prepared to give up ground to the other. One thing cannot be ignored in this argument and that is the fact that gas braais are both clean and easy to use. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the use of a gas braai does not result in ash or other unsightly mess. The two methods of outdoor cooking do have one thing in common and that is the absolute necessity of keeping all cooking surfaces clean. In the case of the gas braai this means cleaning the BBQ burner that has been used after each bout of al fresco dining. A BBQ burner allows the heat to reach the meat, seafood or poultry being cooked and if there are contaminants on the BBQ gas burner then this can affect the taste of the food being prepared and in severe cases can constitute a health hazard.
When first shopping for a gas braai the purchaser should take into account the lifestyle that they enjoy and the opportunities to use a gas braai. For those who revel in the great outdoors there are a wide variety of gas braais that have a single BBQ burner that can provide a solution to almost every cooking challenge if used correctly. Even the traditional gas braai can be converted from a unit using only a single BBQ burner to one that can run multiple burners. Extensions are available that allow a single gas cylinder to power the BBQ burner, as well as other fixtures such as a gas light at the same time. This is invaluable when the gas braai is being used in areas that lack electricity or even built in gas lighting.
The advantage of the single BBQ burner gas braai is readily apparent. It’s extremely portable and gas cylinders are available in different sizes so that even an extended camping trip poses no problem when it comes to outdoor cooking. These single BBQ burner units are also available with a variety of different attachments that can provide an endless choice when it comes to deciding what to cook.
When purchasing the gas braai the user needs to decide whether they prefer a portable unit which features a single BBQ burner or the more bulky units which feature multiple burner units. The larger gas braais with multiple burner fixtures can be either free standing or built in to a patio or lapa. The traction of the multiple burner units as opposed to those that only offer a single BBQ burner is the fact that each of the burner units can be individually set to a different temperature. This allows the braai mater to cook different foods that require different cooking temperatures at the same time, meaning that all the food arrives at the table at the same time, hot off the fire.
Whether you choose a gas braai with a single BBQ burner or one that features multiple BBR burners make sure that you are purchasing your unit from one of the trusted names in the manufacture of South African braai equipment, in this way you will be assured of a quality product that will give you years of joy. Companies like Cadac manufacture a wide variety of different gas braais and will have a solution for your requirements.
To find out more about the types of BBQ burners that will be most suitable to take care of your cooking requirements, please contact us.
Being an avid griller or outdoor entertainer may necessitate the acquisition of a patio gas BBQ. There are a couple of things that you need to be sure of, however, before you make your purchase. Only choose a patio gas BBQ that has more than one gas burner to allow you to control how much food you are cooking at once. Each of these burners should have a separate regulator to allow you to adjust the temperature as you see fit. Your patio gas BBQ should also be compatible for use with large gas cylinders so that you do not have to be concerned with running out of gas every time you have a barbeque.
Make sure that the patio gas BBQ you choose is large enough to grill food for all your barbeque guests and simply contact us.
Don’t be fooled when you purchase barbecues that are defined as natural gas grills. Natural gas is basically exactly the same as the LP gas that you get from your nearest petrol station or other gas supplier. You should be able to have just about any type of gas cylinder or gas cartridge re-filled at these natural or LP gas suppliers. It is, however, important to ensure that the supplier you choose knows what they are doing and that your gas cylinders are never over filled as this can cause a number of hazards.
The patio or ‘stoop’ as it used to be called in South Africa is not traditionally the place where the men of the house would braai the meat. This had to be done in the garden or in the drive way where the charcoal dust, ash and grease associated with a charcoal braai could easily be cleared away. But patio cooking has taken on a whole new dimension with the introduction of free standing or permanently installed gas grillers in your home. Now the ideal place to entertain your guests with a braai is on your patio where you can relax in cool, protected comfort.
The best portable gas grill equipment available on the market will allow you to vary your outdoor cooking methods greatly. These types of grills normally consist of a gas cylinder to which a number of grilling accessories can be attached either via a pipe or hose and valve attachment. This type of outdoor cooking solution is ideal for taking along on outdoor adventures as the gas cylinder is compact and easy to pack into the boot space of a car or other vehicle. You can also choose amongst the variety of attachments and take along one that will suit all your cooking requirements best.
Make sure that you have the right portable barbecue gas gill and accessories the next time you embark on an outdoor adventure and contact us.