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Don’t Hide Behind Your Grill Covers, Get Out There and Tailgate!

The best grillers know that grilling season doesn’t end on Labor Day. Tailgating season truly hits its peak with football season and there are plenty of reasons to take off the grill covers and hit the parking lot. For those who haven’t tailgated before – or at least haven’t hosted before – the proposition of grilling can be a bit overwhelming. This is especially true when you consider each and every year Americans at games across the counry are stepping up their game. We want to make sure everyone takes advantage of every opportunity to grill. Today, we will take a look at the essential equipment to own that will give anyone the confidence to tackle the tailgating challenge.

Folding Table – When purchasing a folding table for your tailgate, it’s important to keep durability and convenience in mind. Depending on the vehicle you are bringing to the game, space will be at a premium. Be on the lookout for a folding table that has strong reviews for it’s ability to be transported easily and withstand a fair amount of weight. You will want your main cooking station to be your new folding table.

Cooler – Having a cooler you can trust to keep things cold on gameday isn’t just important because of the beverages. When you’re transporting your food, you need to know that it’s remaining at the proper temperature. A reliable cooler can make all the difference. There are plenty of reliable coolers on the market that can promise temperature control for days at a time.

Grill and Grill Covers – There’s a great selection of portable charcoal grills that can be brought to any stadium in the country. We recommend charcoal grills for tailgates as most stadiums now have special trash cans available specifically for charcoal ashes. This helps keep you and your tailgating party safe on game day.

Grill Tool Carrying Case – Whether you have all the tools you need or want a separate set for the tailgate, you have options for grilling cookout kits. Most tailgates require a couple of skewers, a fork, a spatula, a pair of tongs and a brush.  Your carrying case can be laid out on your folding table and kept sanitary for a hassle free cooking experience.

Once you have all of the essentials, there’s only one more step to follow. Select your grilling cuisine and get to work! Whether you take off your grill covers to make burgers and dogs or elevate the tailgate with steaks and gumbos, the options are limitless on gameday.  Happy grilling!

 

Don’t Put Those Gas Grill Covers on For The Winter Quite Yet

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone and it’s easy to get dejected about the end of summer season. However, grilling season is just getting good! If you’re like the majority of people who only grill burgers and dogs during the summer, it’s time to change it up. As the leaves fall in your backyard, the prices of beef will be dropping as well.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “this year is expected to be the largest commercial beef production year since 2011.” It’s a simple case of supply and demand. With more beef out there, consumers will benefit from competitive pricing. Let’s take a look at some of the best meat dishes for fall that will help you put off putting on your gas grill covers for the winter season.

BLT Burgers – We poked fun at grilling enthusiasts who only make burgers and dogs, but there is no denying how delicious a good burger can be! This fall make the switch to 90% lean ground beef and ditch the bun. By weaving four bacon pieces together, you can create a bacon bun that will have you saying good bye to carbs and hello to the flavor.

Grilled Cheesesteak Packs – Ever consider making Philly cheesesteaks on your grill that aren’t terrible for you? Probably not – but you can. A nice lean flank steak takes center stage in this dish. You can slice steak to desired thinness and mix it with peppers, garlic, onions and some salt and pepper in a bowl. From there you move the mixture to some tin foil and wrap them up for your grill. After about ten minutes on the grill, unwrap them to throw on your cheese of choice. We recommend provolone. Cover them up for two minutes and you have a healthy cheesesteak dish that your whole family will love.

Sirloin Steak Skewers – When it comes to affordable meats that offer great taste and low-fat content, you can’t do much better than a sirloin.If you’re in a time crunch during back to school season, consider steak skewers. Steak, peppers, scallions and folded up tortillas can be skewered quickly. Throw on some salt and pepper and some olive oil and seven or so minutes on the grill should provide you with a medium rare steak that is too good to be true.

 

The Importance of Outdoor Grill Covers

The grill has become the staple of the backyard. So many people either purchase a standalone grill for their backyard or have one installed in a brick wall they have built. Others have gas grills installed next to their fire pits. Millions of people gather around the grill during the spring and summer months each year. Today, we will discuss the importance of outdoor grill covers.

Prevent Weathering

Weathering can happen to even the best grills on the market if you leave them outside long enough. If you don’t have room to store your grill in the winter months, it’s a good idea to purchase a grill cover. The grill cover helps to protect the grill from rain, the wind, rust, dirt, and other environmental items that can damage it.

Keep Pests Out

A grill cover is also good for keeping pests out. This includes bugs, bees, wasps, squirrels and other animals who might want to make a home inside the grill. Grills are a popular place for bees and wasps to build their nests because of the shade. A grill cover can prevent these bugs and animals from finding a home inside the grill, either under the grates or where the propane tank is stored.

Ready to Use

A grill that has a cover on it whenever not in use will always be ready to use once the cover is removed. You won’t have to clean the grates or spend time removing a nest of wasps when you utilize a grill cover. You will spend less time scrubbing the grill to prepare it for a meal when you use a cover, which means you have more time to enjoy family and friends.

Looking for outdoor grill covers that fit your grill properly? Contact Creative Covers today to have a grill cover custom made to fit the grill you own.

Three Tips for Getting More Life Out of Your Grill

We’re getting closer to the summer months, which means it’s grilling season.  One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not putting in the time to keep your gas grill cleaned and well-maintained. You will not only have to make repairs or replace the grill sooner; your food will suffer too. Luckily, it is not very difficult to keep up with grill maintenance, and most tasks will only require a few minutes of your time. Here are several things we would like you to do to get more life out of your grill:

Check Your Grill for Any Leaks: This is one of a few safety tasks you should do before you operate a grill. You’re literally playing with fire so it’s best to heed on the side of caution at all times. First and foremost, you should always make sure that your gas cylinder is not over-filled. Propane expands so, by law, you can only have a cylinder filled up to eighty percent. Second, check your hoses for any leaks using a soap and water solution. It’s never a good idea to use a flame. If you notice any leaks, replace them immediately before use. Also, be sure to place the in a well-ventilated, open spot.

Clean Your Grill’s Grates, Lid, and Exterior: You’re dealing with grease here so your grill is bound to get dirty. Before you start cooking, be sure to pre-heat the grill to remove any leftover debris on the grates with a bristle brush. You can clean the grate more deeply once the grill is turned off and cool, using regular dish soap. It’s recommended that you remove the grill tray after using it to remove the excess grease. You should also clean the lid and outside of your grill with a non-toxic, non-abrasive cleaner at least once every few weeks to ensure it keeps its shine.

Use a Grill Cover: Let’s say you purchased a really expensive grill; would you then allow it to withstand the elements on its own? That wouldn’t be a good idea. We highly recommend you check out island grill covers so you can make sure your grill isn’t exposed to rain, dirt, and other things that will cause your grill to rust or become damaged any other way. At Creative Covers, we provide grill owners with customized island grill covers sewn specifically to your grill’s dimensions. Call us today at (800) 970-0901 to order your custom grill cover.

Home Improvement 101: Going Beyond Backyard Basics

home improvement concept The real estate market in the United States has been on a rebound since the dreaded 2008 recession which is good news for realtors, homeowners and home hunters! In fact, the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index report, published in June by the National Association of Realtors®, found that the real estate climate remained strong in many local markets. Also noted in the report, Realtors are strongly confident about the real estate outlook over the next six months.

However, homebuyers are facing a tight inventory on the market.  This is subjecting millennials (ages 25 – 34 years old), the largest portion of homebuyers accounting for 32% of all buyers, to a house hunting challenge. And interestingly enough, millennials make up 68% of first-time homebuyers which shows a generational shift. The reason as to why the market is tight and challenging for homebuyers may be due to the fact that current homeowners are opting to take on home improvement projects rather than selling their house.

Big Boxed Gains

Two national home improvement stores, Lowes and Home Depot, experienced an increase in their stock prices by 40% compared to last year’s numbers according to a recent article from US News. What does this mean? More people are hitting the stores to purchase supplies and materials for home improvement projects. And given the massive jump, home improvement stores took in revenue of $144 billion in 2014 which is safe to assume this year’s profits are expected to be more. But out of all the major chains and over 5,300 stores across the nation, Ace Hardware took the win for the highest customer satisfaction.

What Are Homeowners Improving?

backyard kitchen Statistics from a three-year period, 2009 to 2011, show that homeowners spent a total of $359 billion on home improvement projects. These numbers indicate that homeowners are willing to spend a few dollars to improve their houses and the improvement movement is booming; just in 2012, they spent $284 billion. But that’s not all – figures from 2014 were reported at $303 billion and 2015 is expected to exceed $320 billion according to the Home Improvement Research Institute. This begs the question: what projects are homeowners taking on?

For starters, the average amount spent on all home improvement projects came to $3,200 where 57% of owner-occupied housing units made improvements (43.7 million housing units out of 76.1 million). Of those homeowners who decided to take on home improvement projects, 37% were do-it-yourselfers and 63% hired professionals. While there were plenty of renovations that involved various interior updates, approximately 20 million projects that took place were exterior improvements. About 20% of those projects consisted of backyard upgrades such as patios, detached decking, outdoor kitchens, landscaping and more.

More homeowners are turning their backyards into year-round living spaces with things like fire pits, speaker systems, lighting and anything else you can imagine. Outdoor cooking spaces are among the most popular improvements that include high-end grills with grill covers, counters with storage, hidden mini-fridges and covered decking. It’s without a doubt that backyards are no longer that drab space behind your house because homeowners are taking them to the next level.

Not to mention, real estate experts agree that renovating your backyard will be a distinguishing factor if you decide to place it on the market. If two homes are for sale in the same area that are similar in size, the one with the stellar backyard can be expected to sell faster and first.

Are you ready to improve your backyard’s appeal and function with the above trends? Start designing your backyard paradise and let Creative Covers create a custom grill cover to protect your new investment!


 

Sources:

  • http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index
  • http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=1031
  • https://www.hiri.org/?page=Media
  • http://www.statista.com/topics/1732/home-improvement/
  • http://www.census.gov/how/pdf/home_improvements_text.pdf
  • http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/08/05/why-millennials-are-dominating-the-housing-market
  • http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/mutual-funds/articles/2015/07/27/why-lowes-and-home-depot-stock-is-soaring