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Sept. 15, 2020

Family Friendly Fall Activities In And Around Northwest Meridian

There are still plenty of things you can do with the family this year while staying safe and practicing good social distancing. While times have changed, people still want to get out and have fun and if we can all stay safe, then there’s no reason not to! Now that the weather is starting to cool, it is the perfect time to participate in fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Let’s look at a few happening in and around Meridian, Idaho, shall we?


Linder Farms. Pumpkin Patch And Corn Maze

Always a good time, Linder Farms is opening this year on September 18th through October 31st. They have a modified list of attractions this year due to COVID19, but most of their main attractions are still active. Check out their website for more details and tickets. You can still enjoy their great family friendly activities like hay rides, the petting zoo, giant slide, hay bale maze, and the old west shooting gallery. Tickets start at $6 per adult. Kids under 3 are free!

 

The Berry Ranch. Pick Your Own Pumpkins And Berries

If you like spending time at Linder Farms, then you’ll love The Berry Ranch! Located on the corner of Hwy 20-26 (Chinden) and Franklin out of Nampa, The Berry Ranch is a great place to take the family this year. You can (literally) enjoy the fruits of your labor by taking a guided “pick your own berries” tour which allows you to gather fresh berries so you can take them home and make all sorts of concoctions like jams or pies. 

 

For the fall, you can even pick pumpkins straight out of the patch. The best deal is the “Family Pick Your Own Pumpkin With Hayride” event which can be done Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Each person gets to explore the pumpkin patch and pick a fresh pumpkin to take home. You also get a hayride in a real horse drawn wagon! Don’t forget to stop off at the gift shop. Pricing starts at about $10 per person. More details on their website here.  

 

Idaho Botanical Garden

Another great place to spend time outside with your family surrounded by beautiful plants and land features, the Idaho Botanical Garden is gearing up for an action packed fall. Check out their annual Fall Harvest Festival which will be held on every Saturday in October. During the festival you can check out the Scarecrow Stroll, the Hay Maze, pumpkin patch, local food trucks, and autumn themed beverages from Lost Grove brewing. Each weekend will feature an event like live music, a movie night, spooky stories from Storyfort, concluding with a costume parade on Halloween night! More information and tickets available here. 

 

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is open again and is taking visitors! They have completely revamped their layout and tour style in order to be within the CDC guidelines for COVID19. While some things may have changed, it is still a great place to explore and have fun with the family. Check out more details and ticket info here on their website. 

 

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Aug. 31, 2020

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Fall

As summer winds to a close, it’s time to start dusting off your cozy sweaters and galoshes and if you’re looking to have your house sell before the end of the year, then there are some things that you should keep in mind. While the summer season is typically the busiest time of year for selling a house, selling in the fall can be a rewarding and profitable experience for the savvy seller. You want to get top dollar for your home no matter when you sell it so we have come up with a few tips that will help you make your house virtually irresistible to buyers this fall. 

 

 

Roof Appeal Is Part Of Curb Appeal

Like many neighborhoods in the City of Trees, there are hundreds of large, leafy, old trees dotting the yards of homes everywhere. With these beautiful trees comes the inevitable dropping of leaves, which can turn what was a once pristine roof and gutter system into a cluttered eyesore. Make sure that if you are selling that you are staying on top of your gutter cleaning duties and that the leaves that fall on your roof don’t get too piled up. A few leaves scattered here and there are fine, but be sure to avoid the thick matted bunches of leaves that just sit there and turn to slimy gunk. No one wants to buy that, especially if it is one of the first impressions a buyer sees.

 

Yes, the yard is important, but don’t forget the roof!

 

Clear And Decorate Your Walkways

Don’t shy away from fall. Embrace it. Make sure that the aforementioned leaves are clear of your walkways and entrances. It also helps to decorate the entrance of a home with fall appropriate items like squashes, gourds, and other fall delights. You can even plant fall friendly flowers like Autumn Joy sedum and Goldenrod to bring a little pop of fall appropriate color to your home’s entrance. 

 

Don’t Forget The Lights

Since it will be getting darker earlier and earlier each passing day, you’ll want to pay attention to the light levels as you walk into and approach your house. Some showings happen as late as 7 or 8 at night, depending on the buyer’s schedule and you’ll want to make sure that all of your home’s beautiful features are just as visible as if it were 2pm. Check your front porch and driveway area at dusk. Are your lights bright and welcoming or are they weak and dirty yellow and casting harsh shadows? Replace and upgrade your outdoor light fixtures to provide your buyers with a welcoming and bright entry that screams “buy me!”. You may even want to invest in a little set of decorative lights that you can put on either side of your cement walkway leading up to your front door. A pleasant path of lights is always a welcome sight on those cold autumn nights. 

 

Make A Warm First Impression Indoors

As temperatures start to drop, especially in the evening, you’ll want to make sure that your home is warm and bright when you first walk in. If you are having HVAC issues or maybe your window or door seals need some work, then now is the perfect time to do it because a potential buyer will definitely notice if your home is drafty or cold. Make sure your doors and windows are properly weatherstripped and that your furnace is in good working order if you want to get top dollar this year!

 

Conclusion

While it’s more difficult to sell in the fall than the spring or summer, it is definitely not impossible! If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Meridian (or beyond) don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Boise’s Best Real Estate! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Aug. 18, 2020

Summer 2020: Safe Outdoor Activities to Do in Boise

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging around us halfway through Summer 2020, many of us are anxious to get out of the house and do something, anything, other than sit in our houses some more. The good news is that Boise’s close proximity to natural outdoor wonders as well as annual events that are social distance-friendly can help add some pizzazz to an otherwise dismal weekend.

 

By now, you’re probably wondering which events or activities we’re talking about, and whether or not they’re safe. All of the activities listed below are all ones you can safely socially distance while temporarily escaping the tedium of quarantine.

 

Old Idaho Penitentiary

 

The Old Idaho Penitentiary has recently re-opened and is operating under strict guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Some of the changes include:

  • Visitors encouraged to pre-purchase admission online, as walk-ups are only allowed if the current visiting group is not at capacity.
  • Groups are limited to 50 visitors per.
  • Masks are required in indoor areas and encouraged outdoors.If you have a medical exemption, politely inform a staff member.

Go here to see the most up-to-date information regarding your visit to one of Boise’s most historic sites. And while you’re in the area…

 

Boise Botanical Garden

 

Located next door to the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Boise Botanical Garden showcases some of the flora and fauna native to the area. Even better, it’s open 7 days a week, 9AM to 5PM, and encourages visitors to practice social distancing through guided and self-guided tours.

 

The Garden Store is still closed, but the grounds are still available to visitors to leisurely peruse. For up-to-date information, please go here to visit their FAQ page. For more information regarding Boise Botanical Garden’s COVID-19 safety policy, please go here.

 

Kathryn Albertson Park

 

If nature reserves are your thing, then this park is for you. Located off of Americana Boulevard across the street from Ann Morrison Park, Kathryn Albertson is home to a wide variety of flora and animals. While walking the trails, do not be surprised if you cross paths with a rabbit, spot a turtle sunbathing on a rock, or see a crane perched near a pond.

 

The park also features natural history, such as the massive tree trunk that has been in existence since the 1600s. There is also a fountain near the entrance of the park, which is a great place to catch up with a friend or loved one.

 

So whether you’re taking in the ancient gallows of the Old Idaho Penitentiary or taking a walk at one of our beautiful parks, be sure to mask up, socially distance, and enjoy Boise safely during Summer 2020.

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July 28, 2020

Indoor Games For Families

Are you bored with the same old board games? Are you spending a lot of time cooped up indoors lately with the family? Are your kids actually getting tired of video games? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then we have the perfect remedy for you! We have found some great family friendly indoor/outdoor games that you can start playing right now for little to no out of pocket cost, you just have to be creative. Let’s look at some, shall we?

 

Indoor/Outdoor Hockey

You might be thinking that hockey is absolutely not an indoor game and could be a little too wild but just stick with us! This version of hockey is much more like air hockey than ice hockey. It can be done with two players and requires little to no setup. You just need a flat smooth floor surface or table and few supplies and you’re off to the races! 

 

First, you’ll want to make a “puck” which can be done using something like an altoid tin or maybe a few layers of cardboard circles glued or taped together. Then you’ll want to get your sticks together. You can use spatulas or even fly swatters. Sit each contestant at either end of a table and put a piece of masking tape about 4 inches from the end of the table. That is the goal line. Each player will take turns hitting the puck back and forth across the table in order to get across and into the opponent’s goal area. You can even tape a shopping bag or canvas bag to the edge of the table to catch the puck as it passes over the goal line. It’s all the fun of hockey without the full contact!

 

Book Draw And Swap

Time for some creative activities. This game requires paper, stapler, pens, pencils, and or crayons or markers, and time. Each participant takes some paper and creates a 10 page blank book by stapling pieces of paper together. Then, they will use the pens and markers to illustrate a scene on each page of the book, but leave any text or thought bubbles blank. After the books are illustrated, each participant trades their book with someone else and fills in the text of the story to go along with the pictures. After that, each person will then see what story got added to their book and you can read each newly completed book aloud! 

 

Save The Ice

This next activity is a bit more scientific in nature than the other ones. We are going to do a little science experiment that will be fun and engaging that anyone can do. You’ll need crafting materials like construction paper, tin foil, cardboard, and the like and you will also need four ice cubes per person. This activity has kids wrapping their ice cubes in different materials and then setting them out on a plate for a while. You then get to observe the results and see which kid’s ice cube lasted the longest. Here’s the full walk through: https://californiasciencecenter.org/file/day-2-keep-a-cube.pdf

 

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July 10, 2020

Buying A Home In The Age Of Coronavirus: Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of The Experience And Stay Safe

We are definitely living in interesting times. While a lot of things have changed, people still need to buy and sell houses so that at least has stayed the same. Buying a home can still be done safely and efficiently these days, however, there are a few extra considerations you might want to keep in mind. In Boise, the weather has been great thus far this summer and there isn’t a better time to be shopping for your first home or your next dream home. Here are some tips for you as you begin your journey. 

 

 

Technology Is Your Friend. Use it!

Luckily, we happen to live in an age where you don’t have to leave your couch in order to take a full tour of a home you’re looking at buying. If you have a smartphone or even a home computer or laptop, then you can do so much of the buying process from the safety and comfort of your home. Here are a few ideas:

  • Embrace smart features like 3D tours
  • Type the address of the home you’re looking for in YouTube’s search bar. There may be a full HD walk-through video of the house there already. Many real estate agents do this!
  • Ask your agent: Is there no video walk-through already? Ask your agent if they would mind connecting a Zoom call with you while they walk through the house you’re thinking about buying. It’s a great way to get a full walk-through remotely. 

Expect Competition

The Boise (and Treasure Valley) market has always been competitive and this year is no different. Competition and demand are just about as high this year as they have ever been, so expect to have to place an offer on a home quickly as someone else may have their eye on it. 

 

Social Distanced Open Houses

Many real estate agents are doing staggered or “by appointment” open houses. This might be a good and safer way for you to experience an open house in the new neighborhood you’re looking at. You can still go to open houses, it’s just a little different! While many agents are providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for their clients, you may want to bring your own just in case. It’s always good to have backups. 

 

Do More Drive-By’s When Searching

While alone or with your partner in your car, you can be more safely away from other people and even more comfortable during the summer heat. If you find a handful of houses you want to look at on your smartphone or computer, why not plug them into your navigation system and give them a peek in person? There’s a lot you can tell about a house just by its neighborhood and surrounding areas and you can see exactly how the outside looks instead of having to rely on staged and photoshopped images. You can do a lot of the heavy lifting without even getting out of your car!

 

Even though things have changed, finding your dream home doesn’t have to! You can still get out there and buy the perfect home, it will just be a little different process. For all of your buying or selling needs, give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

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June 29, 2020

Top Summer Activities During Covid-19

With confirmed COVID-19 cases currently rising all across the country, Summer 2020 may be looking dull compared to previous years. Cramming into a crowded mall or going to a packed beach seems to be out of the question, leaving many of us wondering what fun family summertime activities we can do while doing our part to stop the spread through social distancing.

 

As it turns out, there’s quite a bit that you can do; some of which may even surprise you.

Make Your Own Ice Cream

What screams “summertime” louder than homemade ice cream? This recipe is easy to follow and yields about 1.5 quarts of tasty vanilla ice cream that will cool you right down to your toes. Even better, this recipe doesn’t call for any eggs, which means it’s vegetarian-friendly (still bring the Lactaid if you’re lactose intolerant). Here’s how to get started.

 

Equipment You Will Need

Ice cream maker (available from your favorite physical or online retailer)

Wire whisk

Airtight container

 

Recipe

1 ¾ cup heavy cream

1 ¼ cup whole milk

¾ cup sugar

⅛ tsp fine sea salt

1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean

 

  1. Pour 1 cup of heavy cream into the saucepan over and add the sugar and salt. 
  2. Cut open the vanilla bean pod, scrape the seeds into the saucepan, and place the empty vanilla bean pod into the mixture as well.
  3. Warm over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove mixture from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Whisk then chill.
  5. When ready to churn, pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.

Go Stargazing

Have a need to go out into nature? Central Idaho is home to the first dark sky reserve in the United States, and is the perfect place to get an unabashed view of the night sky, devoid of any rampant light pollution. Spanning from Sun Valley to Stanley, the area covers roughly 1200 square miles, and gives you the perfect excuse to hit the road and learn more about astronomy.

 

If you’d like to take pictures, be sure to get a wide-angle telephoto lens, as cell phone cameras simply don’t do the night sky justice.

 

If Sun Valley is too far out for you, Idaho is still largely rural outside of the Treasure Valley, so finding the perfect spot to watch the stars is never too far out of reach.

Have a Barbecue

Yup, the classic summer pastime of grilling your favorite warm winter treats is still possible in the times of COVID-19. The only differences this time include:

  • Maintain 6 feet between yourself and those outside of your immediate household.
  • Wear masks.
  • Keep gatherings to under 10 people.
  • Wash your hands.

It is believed that COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, so please don’t throw a group barbecue if you or any likely attendee is sneezing and/or coughing. And it’s also a good idea to have one person dish up everyone’s plate so that multiple hands aren’t contacting utensils.

Visit an Outdoor Farmer’s Market

Feel like the walls are closing in on you? Another good way to stave off that cabin fever is to go to one of the handful of farmer’s markets that operate right here in Boise, Idaho. Not only are you getting access to healthy fruits and vegetables for your entire family, but you’re also helping local farmers.

 

Some popular, open-air farmer’s markets in Boise include:

  1. Reggie’s Veggies on the corner of Milwaukee and Ustick.
  2. West Bench Farm, located off of Mountain View Drive across from Boise Sandlot.
  3. Boise Farmer’s Market, located on the corner of Americana Blvd. and Shoreline Dr. (Saturdays only.)

All of these markets have a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and other local delicacies to check out. You may even find a new favorite. Just don’t forget to wear your mask, practice social distancing, and together, we can flatten the curve.

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June 19, 2020

Planning Your 4th Of July Weekend In The Treasure Valley For 2020

With so many events being cancelled due to COVID19 it’s hard to keep track of what exactly is still happening and what isn’t. This year, unlike just about any other year in the last century, is seeing an unprecedented change in the way in which we approach commonplace holiday events like concerts, bar crawls, and of course, parades. We’ve done some extensive research on what family friendly events are still happening this year in and around Boise so you can spend less time scouring the net and more time having fun with family or finishing your latest quarantine project (as of 6-19-2020). Here are some great events you can still attend both online and offline. 

 

 

NRG Music And Productions Presents: A Virtual July 4th USO Show

Let your patriot flag fly while enjoying the kicking tunes of this spectacular online USO show! Join electrifying performers Kymm and Andy Salmonsen as they dazzle the crowd with their renditions of patriotic favorites from every decade. While they normally perform live on the USS Midway as they have for the last 10 years, they will be performing this year from a virtual venue across cyberspace for all to enjoy. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Online (Virtual Event)

Time: 9:00pm

Cost: $15 per individual or $35 for a family pass

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

Virtual Fun With Juice Plus And Friends

Local company Juice Plus is hosting a fun online event that will be fun for the whole family! They are eager for our community to get to know the Juice Plus family and are celebrating with an online event that will feature amazing speakers, activities, and prize drawings. Fun for everybody from the comfort of home.

 

The Particulars:

When: July 3rd, 2020

Where: Online (Virtual Event)

Time: 4:30pm

Cost: free

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

4th Of July Fireworks Display In Caldwell

Like just about every other city in the state, Caldwell has cancelled most of its July 4th festivities, but with one exciting exception: The fireworks display! Bring the family and make sure to keep a good social distance from other watchers and enjoy the dazzling display of pyrotechnic patriotism! While there isn’t the traditional parade or BBQ, the fireworks will still be a fun way to celebrate our great nation. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Brother’s Park. Located at 4099 S. Indiana Ave., Caldwell

Time: 9:45pm

Cost: Free

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

(Bonus Event) J.U.M.P Over To A Special “Foodie First Thursday”

That’s right, while this event isn’t necessarily on the 4th of July, it is one of the few live in-person events happening in Boise that week, and it’s a cool one! While First Thursday is always a fun time, the Foodie First Thursday is on another level. Presented by Buy Idaho, this event is a can’t miss because it features spectacular food, art, and culture events from Boise’s vast international community. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 2nd, 2020

Where: JUMP Building, downtown Boise

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Cost: free

 

More Info: Check Their Event Page

 

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May 28, 2020

Tips For Having Fun During Quarantine!

Just because we’re cooped up at home (most of the time) doesn’t mean that we have to be bored. As the summer kicks off it’s time to start getting creative when it comes to keeping ourselves and our family entertained and happy. Let’s go through some fun activities together that may inspire you to chase away the quarantine doldrums. 

 

Create Your Own Board Game (Or Play Your Existing Board Games Over Video Chat)

Creating your own board game is a fun and rewarding process that can pay off in hours of unique fun for you and your family. Get together and gather some basic supplies like dice, paper, cardboard, scissors, pens, pencils, markers, etc. This is part craft project and part brain exercise. You’ll want to sketch out a concept for the game itself and then start to create the main board, the rules, and the game pieces. Keep it simple at first, but once you have the core concept down you can customize and go wild! 


You can then playtest a few games and make tweaks to the rules along the way. Part of the fun is just finding out what works and what doesn’t work and all of the entertaining goofs that crop up.

 

Since we are all practically living on video chat, it’s also a perfect time to play common board games over video chat with friends and family in a kind of virtual game night. Since games like Monopoly, Checkers, and Candyland are in practically every home’s closet, you can each get out your own set and play virtually on your own board respectively. It’s fun and is a great way to while away the evening hours without having to go outside.

 

Explore The World...Virtually 

Just because we’re spending most of our time at home doesn’t mean that we can’t still explore the world! Google has a great set of curated content that allows you to explore the world virtually from the comfort of your keyboard. You can take tours of amazing museums from around the world, like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They have a whole website dedicated to expanding your arts and culture horizons virtually. Take a look here for more! 

 

Get Adventurous In The Kitchen

Yes, it’s very good to support local restaurants at this time, but it is also a great time to practice your skills in the kitchen. You can perfect your favorite recipe or branch out and learn new ones! The choice is yours. If you’d like to get a little crazy in the kitchen we have two great suggestions for you. The first is trying a fun and delicious recipe by the great Alton Brown. It is called lacquered bacon and it is a way to make a mouthwatering bacon/candy hybrid that will have you sneaking back for seconds. Check out the video here. 

 

Do you love pizza but don’t own a pizza stone or fancy pizza oven? If so, then do we have the recipe for you! Since it’s summertime and it’s time to get the barbeque going anyway, why not make the most amazing homemade pizza you’ve ever had in your barbeque while learning a new skill to boot? Here’s the full video so you can get started.

 

No matter what you decide to do with your time in quarantine, it’s important to savor the fun moments with your friends and family and to look on the bright side. Have fun and be safe out there!

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May 15, 2020

Sellers: Help To Increase The Resale Value of Your Home By Keeping Your Patio In Good Shape

Want to help increase the resale value of your home and impress your summer BBQ guests at the same time? Well we have just the guide for you to help you with your real estate selling needs! 


With summer around the corner, patio season is in full swing, and that means that you’ll want to have your setup looking fresh and clean. Let’s walk through some tips and ideas for getting your patio and all of its accessories looking great!

 

Increase That Resale Value: Take Care Of Your Window Coverings

If you haven’t been cleaning your exterior window coverings this winter, then now is the perfect time to apply a little elbow grease to make them look sparkling new. Do you have a set of exterior solar shades? If not, then you really should consider getting some! Exterior solar shades help absorb heat, reduce glare, and lower your energy bills all while making your patio space a veritable bonus room for your house. Your friends and family will be happy to have the extra space, especially if they are going a little stir crazy lately. 

 

What You’ll Need To Clean Your Exterior Window Coverings:

  • Bucket with warm water and mild detergent like dishwashing liquid. (about 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon)
  • Two large sponges (one for applying the soapy water and the second for rinsing and absorbing excess water)
  • Microfiber towel (if available). Grab at least two
  • Box fan or hair dryer
  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment (optional)

 

Look at the manufacturer's guidelines first before cleaning, of course, then gather your supplies near your patio. Next, take your sponge and bucket of soapy water and submerge the sponge. Take the sponge out and squeeze excess water out until you have a moist but not dripping wet sponge. We need to be careful with moisture because some exterior coverings can be sensitive or damaged by excess water. Starting from top to bottom, scrub all affected surfaces with the sponge, making sure to get in between any cracks and hard to reach surfaces. 

 

Once everything has been soaped, then you’ll want to take the clean sponge and some clean water and gently scrub any excess soap residue. After you’ve finished with that, then it’s time to break out the box fan or hair dryer and get everything dry as soon as humanly possible! Too much moisture can damage or stain certain parts of the window coverings. 

 

Finish Off The Patio

Grab your broom and some trash bags and sweep away any dirt, dust, and leaves that may have built up on your patio. Check under your eaves and around the sides of your house for any cobwebs that may have built up and sweep those too. Don’t forget to stop by your local greenhouse and load up on flowers. Nothing spells summer on the patio like fresh flowers everywhere! Now it’s time to enjoy your patio and the increased potential resale value of your home! 


Want more real estate selling and buying guides? Check out our other great real estate content, including our Boise Relocation Guide on our website!

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April 27, 2020

Let’s get ready to BBQ!

Let’s face it. Your BBQ grill hasn’t gotten a lot of attention since last summer. Between the holidays and the bad weather followed by a complete lockdown during the early spring, most bbq grills haven’t been used since last summer. Remember last summer? How easy we had it back then. It was a time when you could just call your friends over and have some burgers and steaks smoking away on the barbie. Now, not so much. But wait! Just because we are quarantined now, doesn’t mean we will be through the whole summer. So, let’s look at how we can get our grill up and running and back into fighting shape for when the time comes. Heck, even if you don’t have a huge party planned for then, cooking on the grill for a simple dinner is a great way to treat the family to a nice change of pace while saving a little on the electric or gas bill. 

 

Stage 1: Move. Spray. Wipe.

Spiders. Bugs. Creepy crawlies. No matter what they are, they just love invading a dormant barbecue grill. Don’t worry, they will find their way inside, unless you toss your grill out at the end of every summer that is. The best way to deal with these little gremlins is to get the garden hose ready, then you’ll want to move your grill from its winter resting spot and set it in the middle of your lawn. Take your hose and blast the area where your grill was sitting, making sure to get all of the bugs and cobwebs that have built up over the pre-COVID19 months. Then, take your hose to the grill (be careful if it has electronic parts) and spray the whole thing down, top to bottom. Tip it on its side to drain and let it dry out in the sun for a few hours. Sweep up the grill area after it has dried a little bit. 

 

Stage 2: Burn It.

You’ll want to clear out all of the leftover grease and food debris that has been sitting over the winter to gum up the works. The best way to clear this out (and to sanitize everything) is to blast it with fire. If you have a gas grill, then you’ll want to turn your gas up to high and close the lid. Wait for everything to get to at least 500 degrees and then wait five minutes then turn the heat off. Open the lid and let everything cool down for at least another half hour. 

 

If you have a charcoal grill, you can do the same thing but just with some fresh charcoal bits. Light a larger than normal amount of charcoal up in the grill and close the lid. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then spray the charcoal with water to cool off. You can dump it into the dirt first to avoid a steam blowout, but only if you can do so safely. 

 

Stage 3: Soak And Scrub.

Next, regardless of what type of grill you have, it’s time to clean the cooking area. Take the cooking grill off and put it into a 5 gallon bucket (or similar soaking tub that is large enough). Fill the tub with warm water and about a quarter cup of dishwashing liquid. Let soak for at least an hour and then remove the grill pieces and set them on an outdoor table. Take a grill grade wire scrub brush and scrub the excess gunk off both sides. If you have a lot of buildup, you can toss on a thin layer of baking soda and spray some white vinegar (undiluted) over it to cover so that it forms a workable paste. Continue with the wire brush until clean. Grab your garden hose and spray the Dickens out of everything and then put your grill back together. If your grill grates are cast iron, then you can finish with a light layer of vegetable oil. 

 

Stage 4: Enjoy.

Now the fun part! Once your grill has dried and is all back together, you’re ready to start cooking! Have fun and try some new crazy recipes this year! 

 

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