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Checklist for Perfect Grilling

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Socializing with family and friends around the BBQ is an all-American pastime, and it will soon be time to get the grills out once again. If you’re lacking in the cooking department, have a look for the Best george foreman grill, as one of these babies could be a life saver with 4th of July around the corner. This 4th of July you should know what you’re doing around the grill. I’ll be in Miami soaking up the sun — but if you’re “manning” the grill — here’s some tips from grilling expert JoAnn Witherell of Allen Brothers Steaks.

Checklist for Perfect Grilling

by Joann Witherell

There’s No “Right” Grilling Equipment

Some love gas grills for their convenience, while others swear by the unique flavor charcoal provides. But you can grill a great steak on both types of grills – it all comes down to personal preference. Either way sear the meat on high with the lid off, then turning down the temperature and closing the lid to finish cooking. Cooking techniques like this are useful and you can learn different techniques by reading cooking books or watching videos on Youtube. Depending on what you are cooking on, will depend on what cooking techniques to use, you can check out this Grill Types Guide to see different grill types. Once you have chosen the right grill type for you, you can then read about cooking on your grill, and cook the perfect meal for you and your loved ones.

Start with a Clean Slate

Start your grill on high (or over very hot coals if you’re using charcoal) to burn off any residue from previous grilling sessions – you don’t want charred bits of last week’s burgers contaminating your dinner. This simple rule keeps your food clean and also prolongs the life of your grill. Read more

Keeping Pets Happy on 4th of July

For years my parents would throw a huge 4th of July party in their backyard. There was always great food (thanks mom,) good music (thanks dad,) and lots of friends and family. But one of the things I remember the most is my cousin’s dog, Brody. A happy little beagle who is terrified of fireworks. It has been an ordeal every year to help him deal with this stressful time. This year I sought out a list from the experts at “Pets in the City” — a premiere dog walking and sitting company in Los Angeles.

Keeping Pets Happy on 4th of July

by Aaron Hill

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, good food and spectacular fireworks, it’s important to take a moment to think about the safety of our four-legged family members.

While fireworks have become a staple of Independence Day, the American tradition can be terrifying for animals. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that everyone – including your pet – enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July.

1. Stay Calm: Before the fireworks and parties begin, owners should know what works best to calm their pet. If you notice your pet(s) getting anxious or stressed (panting, pacing etc.) sit and talk calmly to them while giving them a good scratch, massage or a special treat to help them relax such as these CBD infused treats designed for dogs to decrease anxiety and nerves in dogs, from dope dog. Do you have an exotic pet such as a hedgehog? If so, you might want to consider giving him something delicious to keep him distracted during the celebrations. Check out this guide to the best cat food for hedgehogs for nutritious meal ideas your hedgehog will love. Read more