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Propane grill tankLet a jerk rub add some kick to your next backyard barbecue

The options are endless when grilling foods. Traditional fare like hot dogs and hamburgers will always be big hits at backyard barbecues, but men and women hosting barbecues need not feel beholden to such traditional fare. Expanding the menu can be part of the fun when barbecuing in the backyard, particularly for those hosts and guests who like a little kick with their food cooked over an open flame.

Jamaican jerks pastes, also called “rubs,” that are made of spices, herbs and onions are the most popular and authentic jerk flavoring method. Rubs are rubbed all over the surface of the raw meat to create a wholly unique and potentially very spicy flavor.

This recipe for “Jerk Rub” from Helen Wilinski’s “Jerk From Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style” (Ten Speed Press) is a medium-hot paste that can easily be made hotter by adding more chilies or hot pepper sauce. Less heat is also doable and simply requires chefs to remove the seeds and ribs of the chilies before grinding them. Whichever route you take, be sure that this rub is only served to those guests with a love and tolerance for spicy food.

Jerk Rub

Makes about 1 cup; enough for

4 to 6 pounds of meat

1 onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped scallions,

including green parts

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground Jamaican

allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 to 6 Scotch bonnet or

habanero chilies, minced fine

1 teaspoon freshly ground black

pepper

Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, combine all the ingredients and grind to a paste. Store leftover paste in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar for about 1 month.

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SOCIAL MEDIA TEXT: This recipe for “Jerk Rub” from Helen Wilinski’s “Jerk From Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style” (Ten Speed Press) is a medium-hot paste that can easily be made hotter by adding more chilies or hot pepper sauce.

Grilled desserts add spark to Southern MD entertaining

Let grilled desserts add spark to outdoor entertaining

Grilling on a propane grill  immediately calls to mind smoky meats, vegetables and even seafood. However, many people may not know that grills can be an ideal place to cook dessert.

fill your grill propane tankOutdoor grills are relied on to impart flavor and facilitate outdoor entertaining. Yet, when it comes time to serve dessert, hosts and hostesses often turn to store-bought treats or delicacies that must be cooked in the oven. But various delicious desserts can be prepared over an open fire.

  • Grilled fruit: Slice up melon, pineapples, peaches, mangoes – just about anything you can think of. Cook for a few minutes over low heat. The grill will help release the sugars and create that extra-tasty caramelization. Grilled fruit is a dessert without too many extra calories.
  • Grilled s’mores: S’mores are the quintessential campfire food, and they also can be cooked on the grill. If you don’t trust little ones around the hot coals or propane, have them prepare the s’mores and then wrap them in foil. Adults can them toss them on the hot grates for a little while, until the foil packets can be unwrapped to unveil melted chocolate and marshmallow goodness.
  • Grilled cake: Use a firm cake, such as pound cake, and slice into thick pieces. Grill for a few minutes to warm, then top with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream for an easy and tasty treat.
  • Grilled cobbler: Dutch ovens are one of the great tools of outdoor cooking. Dutch ovens are heavy, cast-iron pots that can be lowered into a campfire. However, Dutch ovens also can be placed in the belly of a grill. Line with foil and fill the Dutch oven with a favorite cake mix, the corresponding oil amount, fresh berries and even chocolate chips. Let cook for 30 to 40 minutes on low heat until the mixture is bubbly.
  • Grilled dessert pizza: Ready-made or homemade pizza dough can be oiled and grilled over medium heat for a few minutes until grill marks form and the dough starts to puff and harden slightly. Turn over and cover with chocolate-hazelnut spread or some preserves. Grill for another few minutes until the dough is cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and add sliced bananas.

Grilled menu options can extend to dessert to make outdoor entertaining even easier.

Protecting private drinking water sources

Protecting private drinking water sources in Southern MD

Many people do not give much thought to their drinking water or where it comes from, only paying mind if the color, taste or pressure is unusual or if warnings are issued in the event of a water main break or flood.

Water for homes and businesses is often sourced from municipal water sources, but private wells also provide water. According to the U.S. Census Housing Survey 2015, 13 million households in the United States rely on private wells to supply their water. Many of these homes are located in hard-to-reach or rural areas where municipal water pipes do not travel.

Public water supplies are typically overseen by a governing body, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency. However, these organizations may not regulate private wells, nor will they provide recommended criteria or standards for individual wells. As a result, it is up to individuals to make sure their well water is safe for consumption. Private well owners may be surprised to learn that, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 20 percent of private wells contain contaminants, of which 23 percent have levels high enough to be a potential health concern.

Well water is groundwater found in subterranean aquifers. This groundwater comes from rainfall that is absorbed in the soil and slowly seeps downward through the dirt, rock and various underground spaces. Along this path it can pick up contaminants. Common sources of contaminants include farm waste, fertilizers and pesticides, chemical spills, poorly maintained septic systems, and seepage from landfills. Arsenic is also naturally occurring in groundwater, and in some areas the levels are above the EPA threshold for safety.

Unfortunately, many contaminants are undetectable to the eyes, nose and mouth. And unlike public drinking water systems, people with wells typically do not test their water as often as they should. The EPA says that well water should be tested annually for bacteria and nitrates. The environmental medicine experts at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey suggest testing for lead, arsenic, radon, uranium, and other heavy metals every three to five years.

The National Groundwater Association says county health departments can conduct water tests for bacteria and nitrates. Those who want to test for other substances can get a list of state-certified drinking water testing labs. The Well Wise program is administered by the Ontario Ground Water Association and can provide water testing for consumers. This is a good place to start for Canadian residents. Learn more at http://www.ogwa.ca or in the United States at https://water.usgs.gov.

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Make Household Chores Easier With Softened Water in Southern MD

Make Household Chores Easier With Softened Water in Southern MD

Make Household Chores Easier With Softened Water in Southern MDWhat you’ll find in this article:

If you find yourself spending too much time on household chores and not enough time with your family, there’s a simple solution that can make your life easier. The answer is to use softened water.

If you find yourself spending too much time on household chores and not enough time with your family, there’s a simple solution that can make your life easier.

The answer is to use softened water.

Dreary tasks such as washing dishes, doing laundry and cleaning up the bathroom and kitchen are easier and less time-consuming with softened water-and softened water brings added benefits such as softer skin and shinier hair.

Hard water forms when naturally occurring minerals enter water sources. It is also very common in this country. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. geography has hard water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. As our population grows and becomes more diverse, many homeowners may be feeling the effects of hard water without even realizing it.

The naturally occurring minerals in “hard” water make it difficult for soaps, detergents and shampoos to lather, which in turn forces you to scrub harder when cleaning your home. In fact, the term “hard water” originally referred to water that was difficult or hard to work with.

Having SJ Johnson Company Install a water softener in your Southern MD home can greatly reduce the natural hard minerals found in water. Inside the water softener, salt pellets are used to charge thousands of tiny resin beads with sodium ions. As hard water moves over the resin beads, the minerals are replaced with sodium ions, creating soft water.

After all, wouldn’t you rather spend more time and energy on family fun than tiresome household tasks?

 

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Before buying a water softener online

Buying a Water Softener System online can be risky business. What to look for…

ordering a water softener system onlineWhile it is possible for you or anybody to get your water softeners on the Internet, you need to be cautious before placing your order online.

No doubt that the Internet is a great place to shop and get any item you want to buy and have it shipped right to your location.

But you should always be careful because there are also many fraudsters on the Internet that set up websites with the sole purpose of scamming people out of their hard earned money.

If you don’t exercise caution before ordering your water softeners online, you might end up losing your money and become a victim of these fake resellers.

Good for you there are also many reputable water softener resellers on the Internet that you can buy from.

How can you find and get in contact with these good resellers?

Search the Internet by typing in the brand of water softener you’re looking for and see which sites turn up on the first page of the search engine results.

If you found a web site you want to buy from do some more research before immediately buying the water softener you found. Check out what reviews they have. What are others saying about them.

Check the website of the water softener thoroughly to make sure it is legit.

Although you can buy a water softener system online it’s always best practice to buy locally from a reputable dealer who will be there to serve you should anything go wrong. SJ Johnsons highly trained professionals have installed, serviced and maintained many water softener systems throughout Southern Maryland and would like to help you with your new system. Give us a call today.

 

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A Water Softener In Southern Maryland Ends Your Hard-water Nightmares

A WATER SOFTENER IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND ENDS YOUR HARDWATER NIGHTMARES

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Are you tired of finding spots on your dishes and glasses after washing them with your dishwasher?Are you tired of having stiff clothes after washing them with your washing machine?Are you tired of being unable to get your surfaces cleaned because of the build up of scales?All this could be the result of “hard water” that you use for the washing of your dishes, washing of your clothes and cleaning of your surfaces.

Solving Hard Water Issues In Calvert County MD

To solve these problems, it is necessary for you to use water softeners to ease the problem of “hard water”.In case you haven’t heard about the wonders of water softeners, you should know that they are very important in helping you to solve the above problems and other problems caused by “hard water”.As the name implies, water softeners are used to “soften” water. As easy as it sounds, most of the water that is available for use is “hard water”.

Water hardness simply refers to water that is hard. In more technical terms, it is water that has a high mineral content.Water hardness is normally measured in grains per gallon (GPG), parts per million (PPM), or milligrams per liter (MG/L) Any water that measures 3.5 to 7 GPG when tested can be termed “hard water”.Minerals that cause water hardness include calcium and magnesium.Water softeners therefore help to soften the water, thereby preventing the above mentioned problems regarding your dishes, clothes. This process works by replacing ions of the minerals that cause the hardness of the water with softer ions.Water softeners can be expensive, but if you look at the benefits, it is a worthy investment. The price of home water softeners depends, to a great deal, on the type, size and make.With constant use of water softeners you can be sure of better results for your dishes, clothes, surfaces, etc.Why not go for a water softener today?

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Propane Grilling Tips

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Tips to grilling chicken, using your propane grill in Southern MD

Using your propane grill in unprecedented times.

propane gas grill Using a propane gas grill is up to an all time high due to social distancing and shelter in place orders.

Cooking food over an open flame tends to produce unique flavors. But some people may avoid grilling certain foods because of the perceived difficulty of creating that distinctive grilled flavor. One such food is chicken. Some people have difficulty grilling flavorful chicken, while others cannot put chicken over an open flame without over- or undercooking it. The following tips for grilling chicken can help poultry lovers grill flavorful chicken.

  • Cook to the appropriate temperature. Many cooks have conducted the eyeball test when grilling chicken, removing chicken that appears cooked from their grills only to cut the chicken open and see it’s pink. Putting chicken that’s been sliced open back on the grill can compromise its flavor once it’s fully cooked. Guidelines established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommend cooking poultry, whether it’s whole chickens, turkeys, poultry parts, or duck and goose, to 165 F. Measure the internal temperature using a food thermometer, only removing the chicken once it’s reached 165 F.
  • Employ two-zone cooking. Chicken cooks most evenly when grilled at a lower temperature. When the grill temperature is too high, the outside of the chicken may burn while the inside might still be pink. Grill chicken over a two-zone fire in which the heat source, whether it’s charcoal briquets or propane gas, is on one side of the grill. Once the outside of the chicken has crisped over, it can be moved to the cool side of the grill. Shut the lid and allow the inside of the chicken to reach the recommended temperature.
  • Wait to apply barbecue sauce. Barbecued chicken is a favorite food to grill, but it’s important to apply barbecue sauce at the right time. Many barbecue sauces contain lots of sugar, which burns quickly over an open flame. That can give cooks the impression that their chicken is cooked, even if it needs significantly more time to reach the recommended temperature. Cooks should wait to apply barbecue sauce until right before the chicken is done cooking. This prevents the sauce from turning to char and ensures that the flavor of the barbecue sauce is preserved.
  • Recognize not all chicken cooks at the same pace. Different parts of the chicken will cook more quickly than others. Chicken breasts may take the longest time to reach 165 F, while thighs might need only a few minutes to reach that temperature.

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Using propane grill for desserts

Propane gas grill desserts

Let grilled desserts add spark to outdoor entertaining

In this article you’ll find ways to extend your propane grill and propane grilling techniques throughout Southern MD and Prince George’s County MD.

Propane gas grill dessertsGrilling immediately calls to mind smoky meats, vegetables and even seafood. However, many people may not know that grills can be an ideal place to cook dessert.

Outdoor propane grills are relied on to impart flavor and facilitate outdoor entertaining. Yet, when it comes time to serve dessert, hosts and hostesses often turn to store-bought treats or delicacies that must be cooked in the oven. But various delicious desserts can be prepared over an open fire.

  • Grilled fruit: Slice up melon, pineapples, peaches, mangoes – just about anything you can think of. Cook for a few minutes over low heat. The grill will help release the sugars and create that extra-tasty caramelization. Grilled fruit is a dessert without too many extra calories.
  • Grilled s’mores: S’mores are the quintessential campfire food, and they also can be cooked on the grill. If you don’t trust little ones around the hot coals or propane, have them prepare the s’mores and then wrap them in foil. Adults can them toss them on the hot grates for a little while, until the foil packets can be unwrapped to unveil melted chocolate and marshmallow goodness.
  • Grilled cake: Use a firm cake, such as pound cake, and slice into thick pieces. Grill for a few minutes to warm, then top with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream for an easy and tasty treat.
  • Grilled cobbler: Dutch ovens are one of the great tools of outdoor cooking. Dutch ovens are heavy, cast-iron pots that can be lowered into a campfire. However, Dutch ovens also can be placed in the belly of a grill. Line with foil and fill the Dutch oven with a favorite cake mix, the corresponding oil amount, fresh berries and even chocolate chips. Let cook for 30 to 40 minutes on low heat until the mixture is bubbly.
  • Grilled dessert pizza: Ready-made or homemade pizza dough can be oiled and grilled over medium heat for a few minutes until grill marks form and the dough starts to puff and harden slightly. Turn over and cover with chocolate-hazelnut spread or some preserves. Grill for another few minutes until the dough is cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and add sliced bananas.

Grilled menu options can extend to dessert to make outdoor entertaining even easier.

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