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Bacon Tips

Follow these 5 tips for that perfect crunchy-yet-tender bacon!

 

Don’t Overcrowd

The bacon needs room to breathe. When you crowd the bacon, it will leave you with a mess of tangled strips of floppy bacon instead of the perfectly crisp strips you know and deserve. So spread that bacon out!

 

Low & Slow

Don’t start off your bacon in a hot pan, this causes the fat to not be adequately rendered, leaving you with a slightly under-cooked and slightly burnt strip. Nobody wants that, so start it low and slow, and bring up the heat as needed.

 

The Water Trick

Try adding some water in the pan and let it simmer, this will help render the fat so there is a lot less splattering. More importantly, this technique produces the perfect crispy-yet-tender texture.

 

Roast It

Need to cook a lot of bacon at once? Use your oven! Make sure to line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper to make clean-up easier. Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes.

 

Keep the Fat

Before you clean up, don’t even think about throwing out that bacon fat! That sizzly combination of oil and rendered fat in your pan is perfect for frying potatoes or even adding to soups for a boost of richness

 

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Camping Tips

Going camping? Here's a list of some of our favourite food essentials! 

EGGS

Eggs are extremely versatile - enjoy them at breakfast, fried, scrambled or even boiled. You can also try cracking an egg into your bowl of instant noodles! They're a great way to obtain more protein. 

 

CHEESE

One block of cheese will last you many meals! Grate some cheese to make an omelette, slice some cheese to make a sandwich, the options are endless! Feeling extra fancy? Melt cheese for an awesome camp fondue! 

 

TORTILLA

Tortilla are great because they won't take up much space as they're flat and they also double as a utensil! You can use tortillas to directly scoop up your fillings. 

 

FRUIT

Fruit make an effortless snack. Whether bananas, apples, berries or oranges - there'll be a fruit for anyone!

 

NOODLES

Noodles are great to help fill you up! You can make all kinds of spaghetti, noodle salads and more.  Don't overlook instant macaroni & cheese or instant noodles - both are great in a pinch and are so easy to prepare when camping! 

 

BREAD

Like noodles, bread will help to fill you up. Plus it takes minimum effort to enjoy. Think toast, sandwiches or just plain on its own. 

 

COFFEE/TEA

There's nothing quite like enjoying a fresh made cup of coffee (or tea) while camping outdoors to get the day started!

 

S'MORES

Is it really camping if you don't make s'mores?! 

 

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Delicious Grilled Burgers

3 Rules for Delicious Grilled Burgers

 

The Best Beef
Ground beef that has at least 20% fat content yields a nice juicy burger. Use fresh ground beef for best results. Our ground beef is always ground fresh daily! 

Season Liberally 
The trick is to use salt after your patties are formed and just a few minutes before they hit the grill. Fresh cracked black pepper is also a must. 

Shape & Size Matters 
Keep your patties all uniform in size so that they cook evenly. Add a slight dimple in the centre of the patty to keep the perfect disc shape.

 

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Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed Tips

The Gift of Choice
Give your mother a few options for breakfast – go the extra mile and make a menu card to give her the full experience!

Platter Up
Whether you’re making her pancakes, salmon lox with cream cheese on a bagel or a continental breakfast – make it extra special by displaying it on a big platter.

Flower Power
Everybody loves receiving flowers and your mother is no exception! Add a couple of flowers to a glass or small vase and put it on your breakfast tray. Or give her a full bouquet.

Cookie Cutter Trick
Cookie cutters can be used for more than just cookies! Make heart or flower shaped pancakes, eggs, waffles, toast… the options are endless!

Clean Up
Don’t leave a messy kitchen! This is THE most important part of breakfast in bed. Nothing will a great breakfast in bed than walking into a mess they will have to clean up.

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Smart Snacking

Go for Grains
Whole-grain snacks can give you some energy with staying power. Try some whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips, or a serving of high-fiber cereals.

 

Bring Back Breakfast
Many breakfast foods can be repurposed as a nutritious snack later in the day. How about a slice of whole-grain toast topped with low-sugar jam?

 

Go Nuts!
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, and other nuts and seeds contain many beneficial nutrients and are more likely to leave you feeling full. 

 

Plan Ahead
Have healthy snacks on hand and easily accessible. Think cut up fruit or yogurt and granola. This will prevent you from grabbing something unhealthy like chips or cookies. 

 

Keep Hydrated
Avoid sugary drinks and make sure you drink enough water a day. It’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger.

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Start off BBQ Season

Chances are your barbecue has been hibernating since Fall. Follow these 3 tips before you get grilling!

 

Deep Clean

Start the grilling season off with a complete top-to-bottom scrubbing. Start by removing the grill grates and wiping down the interior of the grill with a paper towel or mildly abrasive sponge in order to remove any built-up grease and residue. Don't forget to clean out the grease trap. 

 

Great Grates

Rusty grill grates are one the most common issues when a grill sits unused for an extended period of time. 

Start by scrubbing the grates aggressively with a wire-bristled brush or S.O.S pad to remove the rust particles. Once the grill is completely clean of rust spots, season the grate well with oil. 

 

Test Run

Before you start cooking, give your barbecue a quick safety check. Specifically, if you have a gas grill, check the hose from your propane to your burners and make sure it’s intact and clean. If everything looks good, turn on your grill, light it up, and let it burn for a few minutes. Watch it to make sure all the burners are firing and there are no leaks.

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