For Greener, Cleaner Barbecuing, Try Electric BBQ Grills

Who doesn’t love a great barbecue? There’s a special feeling that goes hand-in-hand with cooking a meal outdoors over an open fire, no matter if you’re alone, or with friends or family. Though modern lifestyles have changed our eating habits, there was a time when gathering, preparing and eating meals together as a group event enjoyed by everyone. When it comes to outdoor cooking, the union of food and fire gives us a feeling of safety – as well as a full stomach. Not only that, barbecued food has a wonderful flavor, and it’s a real treat to eat a meal in the great outdoors.

But unfortunately, many people can’t experience barbecues because they don’t have enough space outside their home or due to local fire safety regulations. There’s just no way for these people to start a fire in the open, and you can’t have a cookout without a fire. The good news is that this problem can easily be solved with electric bbq grills.

Electric BBQ grills work without using any sort of flame, and yet offers the same heat source of a charcoal grill. And you don’t have to mess with propane tanks, charcoal, matches or lighter fluid. To start an electric grill, you need only a power outlet – and the cooking can begin.

Electric Grill

Exactly how does this work? It’s not at all complicated. The heat source in an electric BBQ grill is a heating element that is powered by electricity. Electric stoves operate with a similar sort of heating element. However, the electric BBQ grill intensifies this process through the use of parabolic reflective surfaces, which increases the level of heat from the heating element. In terms of the temperatures they can produce, electric BBQ grills stand equal to gas or charcoal grills.

It’s a fact. An electric BBQ grill has no trouble producing the 600-degree heat that is required to cook a piece of meat. As a result, you can achieve the same flavor for the food you cook on an electric grill as you would with a gas or charcoal grill. That is if the chef has the necessary barbecuing skills.

And the very limited clean-up that is required by an electric grill is another big advantage. You don’t have the hassle of removing ashes, as you do with a charcoal grill. For people who have limited outdoor space for their barbecues, such as a balcony, this can be especially welcome.

Nobody wants to deal with ashes blowing inside – or into a neighbor’s home – from a charcoal grill out on the balcony. It’s also easy to clean an electric grill. All you have to do is remove the heating element from the grill and wash it in the dishwasher or sink. Added to that, since the electric grill is usually smaller than other grills, it doesn’t take long to wipe the interior clean.

Another special advantage of the electric barbecue grill is that it’s environmentally friendly, unlike the gas and charcoal grills. High levels of carbon dioxide are produced by a working charcoal grill. It’s a troubling fact that the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a charcoal grill can be fatal if the unit is used in a small space. You won’t have that kind of problem with an electric grill.

When an electric grill is in use, it emits absolutely no carbon dioxide. But the electric grill does emit the wonderful, savory smell of barbecued dishes. If you consider yourself environmentally conscious, you can lower your carbon footprint by using an electric grill.

How to clean your Bunn machine

Cleaning your Bunn machine is extremely easy and simple and if you follow the process of daily washing and decanter your machine after every use, you will notice that there isn’t much to keep your Bunn machine clean and maintained. So, how do you make sure that your bunn machine remains clean at all times? Just follow a few of these processes and you will be able to maintain your Bunn machine easily. You can also check out best espresso machine for home use.

Daily Cleaning

The best way to make sure that your Bunn machine remains clean at all times is by cleaning it every day after use. This means cleaning your coffee machine’s filter, carafe, etc. You can use a mild detergent to clean your machine’s components and make sure you clean the filter basket to avoid the growth of any bacteria.

Once you have cleaned the main components, take a wet cloth and wipe the outer exterior of the machine to remove all coffee stains.

Thermal Carafes (BTX Models)

You would need to take special consideration when cleaning the thermal carafe because Bunn BTX model comes with a carafe that can be detached by rotating counter-clockwise. You can disassemble the carafe and remove the FlavorGard to clean as well. You can both use a dishwasher to clean the carafe components or run a brew cycle with soapy water and then rinse it with a clean water cycle to clean the carafe.

Descaling and Deliming your machine

If you use hard water for your coffee machine, then there would be a lot of mineral buildup inside the machine which you would need to clean to ensure that the machine works properly. You would need to perform this process once in every 2-3 months to keep it free of the deposits. For this, you will first need to drain all the water from the unit.

To remove the water from the machine, you need to lift off the top lid and then remove the white rocker valve arm by lifting it up. Now, turn your unit upside down over a sink and let it stay in this position for a couple of minutes. Now that your reservoir is empty, clean it with the help of a soft rag and water. Now, before you start the process of descaling, you need to clear the residue and debris from your machine with the help of the defining tool.

So, remove the spray head with your hands and then take your delimiting tool and insert it into the spray head tubing, and slide it in and out for a few times until all the buildup has been properly removed. Now, clean your spray head with the help of warm soapy water and a dish rag and if the buildup remains, start the descaling method.

For descaling your Bunn coffee maker, you would need a solution of vinegar and water and run a normal brew cycle. Throw away the dirty water and repeat this process again. Then finally, rinse the machine with a brew cycle of clean water.

Ripper garlos aussie pie shop sets grand opening

Russell Crowe is resting easy, the meat pies are coming quick. When the Oscar-winning actor discovered his friend Sean Garlick was opening Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop in Westwood Village, he texted, “I’m in Westwood now. Wish your store was here already.”

How big of a fan is Mr. Crowe? He’s tweeted out an invite to Pie Shop’s super special VIP Grand Opening Party on Sept. 10. RSVP early for access to complimentary pies.

Mortals can start lining up behind Russell during regular service, beginning Sept. 15, cited as the official opening day on the company website.

Garlick’s brother Nathan is also partnered in the venture, located next to Trader Joe’s. Garlo’s will be open daily from 7 a.m., for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Considered the “authority” when it comes to hand-sized meat pies in Australia, the company is named after Garlick’s nickname as a professional Rugby League player and coach. Their products are widely available in Australian grocery stores and supermarkets and the team is adopting a wait and see approach for possible expansion plans in the U.S.

The menu features selections like the “premium pie combos” including classic steak, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas priced at $6.95, a beef sausage roll lists for $3.95 and snacks like a lamington muffin or coconut slice are available for $3.45.

Garlo’s is avoiding ‘the cheesy Aussie thing” inside but the decor will include references to Australian culture and sport and photos of  “Gallo’s favorite Australians.”

Currently scheduled hours will be Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop

Traditional Australian sweet and savory pies will be the focus of Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop, which plans to open on Glendon Avenue next to Jersey Mike’s Subs in late August.

The restaurant will be the first Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop location established outside of Australia, said Jeff Fradin, one of four partners who own the restaurant and the overseer of operations in the Westwood branch.

The store will serve authentic Australian cuisine, meat pies, sweet pies and Australian coffee, he added.

The shop will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will sell pies for about $5 to $8, he said.

The first Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop opened in Australia in 2001. Now they sell about 25,000 pies each day in shops, hotels and various stores, Fradin said.

Easter Bread Dough


  • See the recipes below


Preparing the yeast.
  1. Pour 2 packs of yeast into a small bowl and add 2 Tablespoons of sugar.
  2. Next, pour ½ cup WARM water over the yeast and stir.
  3. Now set the yeast aside for 5-10 minutes to allow it to grow. It will probably double in size.
  4. While your yeast is rising, pour 1 can of carnation milk and 1 ½ cups of skim milk into a large bowl.
  5. Next, beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Then add them to the milk mixture.
  6. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of salt to the milk and eggs.
  7. Add ½ cup MELTED margarine to your mixture.
  8. Begin adding flour 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition.
  9. After you have added 2-3 cups of flour, add your yeast to the bread mixture and stir thoroughly.
  10. Finally, continue adding flour 1 cup at a time. You will add a total of 10 cups of flour.
  11. After you have added all 10 cups of flour, turn your dough onto a floured cutting board to knead it. You will be adding additional flour as you knead the bread. That’s okay. Knead the bread for 5-10 minutes or until it forms a ball.
  12. After you have kneaded your bread and it has formed a ball, place your ball of dough in a large GREASED bowl. The dough needs to grow. Let it rise until it doubles. This could take 2-3 hours. During this time, you don’t have to do anything to it. Just make sure it is covered with a paper towel or dishcloth.
  13. After the dough has doubled, punch it down. This part is fun! When you punch the dough, all of the air should compress and the dough will fall. After you’ve punched the bread, cover again with a paper towel and allow it to rise again until it is doubled.
  14. After the dough has doubled for the second time, you are ready to make Easter bread or whatever else you want.

Easter Bread

  1. Start by GREASING a bread pan. DO NOT FLOUR THE PAN.
  2. You can use a bread pan for this, or you can use any dish that can go into the oven. When I make this bread, I use a bread pan.
  3. Next, pull off a hunk of dough that is equal to half of the pan you will use to bake your bread. Form the dough into a nice shape with your hands, then place the dough into your bread pan.
  4. The next step is brushing the bread with an egg wash. Egg wash is simply 1 egg and 1 Tablespoon of skim milk whipped together. To apply, simply brush the egg wash over the top of your bread. This will keep the crust soft and shiny.
  5. Cover your bread pan with a paper towel and set your bread aside to rise until the dough has doubled.
  6. After the dough has doubled and filled the bread pan, bake your bread at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes for a small loaf or 40-50 minutes for a large loaf. To know if your bread is finished baking, stick a knife into the bread and pull it back out. If the knife comes out clean, your bread is done. If it doesn’t come out clean, your bread needs to bake a little longer.