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It’s Grilling Season: Don’t Forget the Importance of Grill Maintenance

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Whether you and your family love traditional summer favorites like hot dogs and burgers or you like to make the grill your official summer cooking destination for everything from chicken and kabobs to pizza pies, there’s nothing like a meal fresh off the grill. We want to ensure that you get to enjoy these meals summer after summer and it’s why we offer outdoor grill covers to protect your grill from the elements, but it’s also why the theme of this post is grill maintenance. There are things you can be doing after every meal to ensure that your grill can be relied upon for delicious meals day in and day out.

There’s a lot of strain put on your grill during the summer months and maintenance is a must. Without it, you run the risk of lower temperatures, increased sticking of food to the grates and uneven heat. As soon as you take off your outdoor grill cover, every meal should begin with some high heat. Turn your grill on high heat and close it. Allow for 10-15 minutes of burning to turn any leftover residue from your last meal to ash. A high quality stainless steel brush should then be used to wipe away debris and provide a clean grilling surface that will help ensure what you put on the grill is all that you eat and all that you taste.

It’s a good idea to clean your cook box at least once per month. Obviously, this should be done when the grill is completely cool. Remove cooking grates and any bars. Use your grill brush to find all grease and debris in the area that’s been left over from previous cooking sessions and move them to the bottom tray. It’s then simple enough to discard and have your grill in tiptop shape.

Beyond the interior of your grill, don’t forget to acknowledge the cleanliness of the exterior. In particular, wipe down the side tables regularly. This is not only key  to maintaining a proper appearance, but it’s also a great way to keep your family safe through sanitation as side items will be placed on those side tables regularly. Microfiber towels are the best tool for this job, but you can use paper towels as well. Keep one of outdoor grill covers on when the grill isn’t in use and your grill will look as great as the food you are making tastes.

3 Tips for Beating the Weather as an Outdoor Vendor

shutterstock_254989831The summer is in full effect and everyone everywhere is enjoying everything the season has to offer! This prime time is the perfect opportunity for outdoor vendors and merchants to capitalize on the influx of shoppers. Even though the sun may be shining, the weather can drastically change in a moment’s notice and that means you have to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you. Whether you run your business under a tent or with a pop-up cart, protection from the elements is crucial because you can’t afford the risk of damaged or ruined merchandise. So what can you do to protect your outdoor business.

  1. Weather Check

One of the most important things you can do every day before you open up shop is check the weather! While the summer is generally a sunny season, it is also susceptible to precipitation that can vary from a light and quick drizzle to an intense and lengthy thunderstorm. Depending on the days’ outlook, prepare to be either opened or closed during certain times of the day. As a general rule of thumb, view hour-by-hour conditions and make the best judgement call before you set everything up.

  1. Custom Equipment Cover

Is your outdoor business operated on a cart, kiosk, table or tent? Whichever kind of set up you have, you must always be mindful of how your merchandise could be affected by a quick change in weather conditions. It’s a fact that the weather forecast can instantly change which makes it extremely important to have outdoor equipment covers to protect your business and products. By having equipment covers readily available, you can turn your business from open to close just as fast as the weather changes. This is very beneficial because you won’t have to run around with merchandise in hand to find it protection.

  1. Storage, Storage & More Storage

As another safeguard against unpredictable weather, make sure you have rainproof storage boxes, large plastic tubs (with lids) and plastic bags. In the event it starts to downpour while your outdoor shop is open, you can quickly place merchandise and products into these storage solutions. Additionally, the plastic tubs and boxes can act as display tables and overflow storage for products.