Every time we grill, we are always trying to find the best way to improve the flavor of our food.  One sure fire way to achieve this is to grill your pizza directly on the grates. This will turn you into a backyard Pizza Grill Master.

1. Preheat your grill for direct medium to medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Brush the grates clean.

3. Role out your pizza dough on a sheet of parchment paper or foil. Lightly coat the top of the dough with oil.

4. Now you have to COMMIT. Flip the pizza onto the grill. Peel off the paper.​

5. When the underside is crisp and toasted, about 3 minutes, transfer the crust to a work surface with the grilled side facing up.

6. Arrange the toppings on the grilled side.

7. Transfer the pizza back to the grill.

8. Grill the pizza until the bottom of the crust is crisp and the cheese has melted, about 3 to 5 minutes.

9. Let it rest then cut and serve! Enjoy!

Happy grilling!

Broil King: A Guide to Grilling with Wood and Smoke

The deep smoky flavours and fall-off-the-bone tenderness is a hallmark of the low-and-slow (low temperature, cooked over a long time) cooking technique. Originally, open pit fires were used for the slow cooking process. Luckily, now with a smoker box, wood chips and a gas barbecue, backyard chefs can taste the smoky flavour of wood and cook with the convenience of gas.


Here are some helpful tips for adding smoky flavour to your next backyard meal:

  • Wood chips should be soaked in water for at least an hour before using. Drain them and add them to a stainless steel or cast iron smoker box.
  • Fill the smoker box two-thirds of the way with chips and place the box on either the heat plate above the burner or on the cooking grids.
  • Add wood chips 5 – 10 minutes before putting your meat on the grill – raw meats take on smoky flavours much better than even slightly cooked meats. Having a smoky environment to start will enhance and deepened flavours.
  • Smoked meats will have a deep pink ring on the outside – this indicates how deep the smoke has penetrated your meat.
  • Hickory is probably the most famous smoking hardwood. It imparts a strong hearty flavour to meats and is used mostly to smoke pork shoulders and ribs.
  • Mesquite is one of the most popular woods, it is sweeter and more delicate than hickory, and is a perfect complement to richly flavoured meats such as beef, duck or lamb.
  • Apple has a sweet, mild flavour and is used mostly with pork and game, but can be used for poultry as well.

Visit for more great grilling tips and recipes.

Happy Grilling!

Danby: Microwaving 101: How to Cook Food Evenly in a Microwave

There’s a microwave in every kitchen. But despite the popularity of these brilliant appliances, many people still struggle with how to cook food evenly in a microwave. So, we have gathered the fundamentals of microwave cooking into three short lessons. Call it Microwaving 101!

cook food evenly in microwave

Lesson One: How Does a Microwave Work?

Microwave ovens generate a form of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation called microwaves, which make certain food molecules (water, sugar, and fat) vibrate very fast. The friction between these molecules is what produces heat and cooks the food. Think of how you rub your hands together to keep warm when it’s -30° out – that is what’s happening to your food at a molecular level in a microwave oven.

Understandably, one might raise an eyebrow at the words, ‘electromagnetic radiation.’ But fear not! Microwaves do not carry the same health risk as ionizing radiation like x-rays. The waves cannot pass through the metal walls of a microwave oven, and they leave no traces behind in your food.

These microwaves form peaks and valleys as they bounce around inside the oven. If two peaks bump into each other, they generate heat, but if a peak hits a valley, they cancel each other out. That’s why most microwaves have a turntable in the middle: it helps ensure the food does not sit in a ‘cold spot.’

The other thing you should know about microwaves is that they are quite short. In fact, they can only reach about an inch and a half into your food. It’s the molecules in the outer layer of food that generate heat; the middle portion warms up through contact with the edges, which takes a bit longer.

The takeaway from this lesson:

  1. Unlike a gas or electric oven, microwave ovens generate heat by use electromagnetic waves.
  2. Microwaves have warm and cold spots, which is why most newer models have a turntable.
  3. Microwaves only reach about an inch and a half deep into the food, and the rest heats up through conduction.

Knowing this, you can begin to see how microwave cooking is different from cooking in a convection oven. There is a way to cook food evenly in the microwave every time, but before we get to that, we should tackle the topic of ‘microwave-safe.’

Lesson Two: Which Materials are Microwave-Safe?

The rule of thumb when it comes to microwave cooking is this: if the packaging doesn’t contain words or symbols indicating it is microwave-safe, don’t put it in the microwave. Beyond that, here is a brief guide as to which materials are microwave-safe:

  • Glass/ceramic: Unless the packaging states otherwise, glass and ceramic containers are safe to use in the microwave. Neither is affected by radio waves at that frequency and thus don’t become excessively hot in the microwave.
  • Plastic: A plastic container that has a microwave-safe icon or the words “microwave safe” has met the FDA’s standards and specifications for use. So long as it is free of cracks or scratches, a microwave-safe plastic container is safe for the microwave However, many people are wary about the possibility of chemical ingredients in plastic leaching into the food; in that case, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to glass or ceramic.
  • Paper: Most paper plates, paper towels, and napkins are safe to use in the microwave, but some have a thin plastic coating, so it is best not to place them in the microwave unless they have the microwave-safe label.

The following materials are not microwave-safe:

  • Metal: Microwaves bounce right off metal, so metal trays and bowls are ineffective for microwave cooking. Tin foil is also out of the question, since any thin or pointed metal edges will allow electricity to arc and potentially damage the appliance.
  • Styrofoam: Although some Styrofoam containers do have the FDA stamp of approval, these vessels can scratch and crack easily, so they are not the best choice.
  • Disposable plastic: Plastic jars, yogurt tubs, and other disposable containers are not appropriate for microwave use.

When in doubt, ceramic and glass are the two most reliably microwave-safe materials.

Lesson Three: How to Cook Food Evenly in a Microwave

The most common problem people have with the microwave is getting food to cook evenly. The solution? Maximizing the reach of those electromagnetic waves.

We know that microwaves heat create heat by vibrating water, sugar and fat molecules. We know microwaves are short, and that microwave ovens tend to have hot spots and cold spots. Knowing this, we can arrange the food in a way that ensures an even distribution of heat.

You can summarize the fundamentals of microwave cooking in five points:

  1. Instead of placing food in the center, spread it in a circle around the outer edge of the container or plate. The more you spread it out, the better. This makes it easier for the microwaves to reach in and create enough friction to heat the food evenly.
  2. Place a cover over the food to keep water from evaporating. This will help prevent the food from drying out. If possible, leave a small gap uncovered to steam escape as it cooks.
  3. When heating a lot of food at once, try cooking in one-minute intervals instead of a single long cycle. Before each interval, mix the food with a spoon to help even out the heat distribution.
  4. Put the container on the outer ring of the turntable to keep the food moving while it cooks.
  5. Let the food sit for a minute after it comes out of the microwave. This will allow the heat to continue to spread via conduction before you dig in.

The specifics will vary depending on the model of microwave oven and the kind of food you’re cooking.

But these five points will go a long way to ensuring microwave cooking perfection!

Extra Credit

Hungry for more delicious microwave facts? Check out our other offerings:

Reblogged from the Danby Blog at

Fisher & Paykel Appliances – Turn Everyday Routines Into Experiences

Are you looking for the most innovative appliances on the market? Fisher & Paykel  has been designing products since 1934 & has been focused on a pioneering spirit that has challenged conventional appliance design to deliver products tailored to human needs.

Turning Everyday Routines Into Experiences

Your home is an expression of who you are & how you enjoy life with others. Fisher & Paykel is passionate about creating better experiences that make everyday more enjoyable. With over 80 years of innovation, they has continuously challenged conventional appliance design to delivery world-first technologies.

Fisher & Paykel have been leading the world in appliance innovations since the early 1980s. Products like DishDrawer™ Dishwasher  and CoolDrawer™  Multi-temperature refrigerators have not only pioneered new, compact technologies, but have changed appliance design forever. But it is what is on the inside – our SmartDrive™ motors and ActiveSmart™ refrigeration  technology that really differentiates us as a company of creativity.

Kitchen: The Heart of your Home

New DishDrawer Dishwasher Series

Twenty years ago, Fisher & Paykel introduced the revolutionary DishDrawer dishwasher to the world. The newest series features the latest dishwashing technology and an updated look that’s perfect for modern living. The new DishDrawer Dishwasher is built to perform. It’s been put through over a million was cycles since it’s debut & tested on very dish commonly used in Canadian households to provide you with sparkling clean results every time.

Four Seasons in One Drawer: CoolDrawer

The  CoolDrawer ] has been designed to change from a refrigerator to freezer at the simple touch of a button. It is built on the concept of distributed refrigeration, combining ActiveSmart™ Technology with a drawer-based design that can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, home or entertainment area. The CoolDrawer™ provides five temperature settings to deliver total flexibility – freezer, chill, fridge, pantry and wine modes, merging intelligence with convenience.

Innovations in Laundry

Fisher & Paykel has introduced their world-first SmartDrive technology to their Front Load Washers. What does this mean for you? A quieter, quicker, & more reliable washing machine!

SmartDrive washing machines use their world-first direct drive technology which has revolutionised the way you wash and care for your clothes since the 1990s. By combining smart electronics and a direct drive motor that connects directly to the wash drum, the need for a belt and pulleys is removed and the motor constantly provides feedback to a computer controlling the tumble and spin action. This two-way communication allows SmartDrive washers to sense and repond to each load in an intelligent way providing exceptional clothing care.

The WH2424P1  WashSmart Front Load washer features the SmartDrive technology giving you the most innovative washing machine on the market. The WashSmart washer provides 13 specific wash cycles & hands on control to select exactly how you want to wash each load. WashSmart washers have all the clothes care benefits of a front load washer with SmartDrive technology to give a quicker, quieter wash.

Plus, if you miss an item from your wash, the Fisher & Paykel “Add a Garment” function allows you to pause your wash cycle & open the door to add/remove items.

Interested in Fisher & Paykel products? Visit us online at and browse our Fisher & Paykel products


Weber Tips: How To Remove The Membrane From Baby Back Ribs

For the rib meat to be tender, you need to remove the tough membrane first.

Slide a dull knife under the membrane and along a bone far enough that you can pry an edge of the membrane loose.

Then grab the loose edge and peel off the membrane in one big sheet or a few smaller pieces. You can use a paper towel if the membrane is hard to grip.

© 2009 Weber-Stephen Products Co. Tips from Weber’s Way to Grill. Used with permission.

Broil King: Getting Your Grill In Shape For Summer

Summer is just around the corner and we have some helpful tips to get your grill ready for the season.

Grillers Toolbox  Cleaning_tools

– Sturdy bristle brush

– Barbecue grill cleaner

– Toothpicks

– Soap and water

– Venturi brush

Step 1

Remove all the cooking grids, grates and burners and use a sturdy bristle brush to remove the build-up of grease on the inside of the oven.    Using a barbecue cleaner scrub the inside and outside of the oven and then rinse with water.  Never use oven cleaner on your barbecue, it is corrosive and can damage the other components.

Step 2

Inspect the burners making sure there are no holes rusted through any of the components.  If there are, it’s time for a replacement. Clean out any clogged ports using a toothpick, being careful not to damage the ports. Check all igniter contacts to ensure they are not corroded or loose and remove any debris from the electrode.  Next, clean out the venturi tubes using a venturi brush.  It’s very important to keep these tubes clean, Spiders love to make nest in these tubes, creating blockages that can cause serious damage.

Step 3

Examine the heat medium, if you have a heat plate remove any grease build-up and make sure there are no holes rusted through. If you have briquettes make sure they aren’t crumbling and the pores aren’t clogged with grease.

Step 4

Check the cooking grids and make sure no welds are broken and brush off any stuck on residue.  If you have cast iron cooking grids, season them with oil to help keep food from sticking and help prevent rust.

Step 5

Inspect the gas hose to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks.   This can easily be done by preparing a soapy solution and applying it to the connections at the tank and valve. Turn the tank on slowly and watch for bubbles to form, which indicates that there is a leak.  Try tightening the connections and re-test.  If persistent leaking or blistering is detected, the gas assembly should be replaced.

Finally, check the condition of your control knobs, thermometer, and handles.  Replacing small items like this can refresh your grill and make it look new again.

More grill maintenance tips are available online at