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Using the Right Grill and Tools to serve up a great 4th of July feast!

yumIt’s no surprise that on the 4th of July, the grill is king. Although Independence Day celebrates the day that our great nation was born in 1776, we all know that grilling (and fireworks) are iconic symbols and activities celebrated on this fun, outdoorsy day. Whether you’re cooking hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled veggies, or anything in between, your grill will be your best friend on the 4th. So, it is important that your grill is working properly so you can do your food, and this great holiday, some justice.

Here are some tips/reminders to ensure that your 4th is a delicious one.

  • Show off your grill skills by using the zone technique. With warm and hot zones, your grilling will be even and efficient, allowing you to cook multiple types of food at once without having to worry about over or undercooking – a problem that arises when the grill is set to just one temperature. In the warm zone, set your grill to 100-150 F for indirect heat. In contrast, your hot zone will be at 500 F for direct heat.
  • Plain and simple: Do not constantly flip your burgers and hot dogs! Although it is fun and undeniably looks cool, this causes the meat to lose its flavorful juices, leaving it dry and boring.
  • Let the meat rest for a few minutes before serving! Remember, the cooking process does not end once you take the meat off the grill!
  • Use the classic “finger test” to check the temperatures of your meat! Index finger to tip of the thumb feel signals rare; middle finger to thumb signals medium rare; ring finger to thumb signals medium; and pinky finger to thumb signals well done.tools

Having a great grill is just as important as having a great chef use the grill. If your grill is outdated and giving you more problems than you have time to deal with, invest in a new grill. The Delta Heat 32-Inch Model, running off of propane gas, is as top-of-the line as it gets. Featuring a double door cabinet, this grill has a high and even heat output. In addition, it has a full rotisserie system so you can enjoy succulent, evenly-cooked meats! Made in the United States, the Delta Enterprise has a sleek design that makes grilling elegant while ensuring quality.grill

Whatever your grill or techniques may be, we hope that you have a happy and safe 4th of July! We know that your grill specialties will be a huge hit!

 

Decorations, Dishes and Dress for the 4th of July

July 4th is less than a week away! It’s time to start thinking about our plans for the holiday, how we should decorate, what we should cook, and of course… what we should wear! The 4th of July is a celebration of our independence as a nation; a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones. Therefore, it’s important on this day to be as patriotic as possible, so that your guests can share in the festive spirit as well. In that light, we’ve come up with some festive ideas to make your holiday gathering a patriotic masterpiece.

A good chef knows that presentation can be just as important as the meal itself. So, with that in mind, here are some ideas for some great, easy decorations for the 4th of July.

July 4th Table Decorations

When choosing what to cook for a special occasion, you have to decide whether or not you want a theme. In this instance, the theme is Red, White and Blue, but you can still get creative with what you make. Of course, the go-to is burgers and hot dogs, but what about some festive treats to go with them?

July 4th TreatsDeciding on the perfect look for your July 4th get-together, you should stick to your theme, but also try to have a little fun with it. Try ChefUniforms.com Style # 63515, a traditional chef coat in white with red piping, accompanied by a pair of blue jeans to complete the look. Not only will you look festive, but your outfit will also be practical, providing you protection from the harsh flames of the grill. It’s form and function at its best!

July 4th Chef Coat

Do you have some ideas of your own? Post them in the comments below!

Working on 4th of July? Try Some Easy, Yummy Treats!

As we all know, working in the culinary field means that sometimes you have to work on weekends and holidays… so why not make the best of it? If this 4th of July is one of those days for you, we hope you’re wearing your red, white, and blue chef uniforms! We also hope that you can still find a way to celebrate your American pride with your fellow co-workers.

Here are some ideas for simple and festive treats that would be painless to prepare, and would win you some major brownie points with those around you.

If you’re lucky enough to have the day off, check out last year’s 4th of July Blog for some BBQ ideas! Have something planned for Wednesday other than one of these dishes?  Share your recipe with us and pictures in your patriotic chef uniforms of course!

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