Monthly Archives: June 2012

San Antonio 4th of July Junk Removal

Sadly, last year there were no fireworks in San Antonio, at least not the big shows sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. That’s because the surrounding land was just too dry to risk a spark flying off from the rockets. But this year, the fireworks are roaring back… provided it doesn’t get too much hotter! The plan is for a huge celebration to take place at the Woodlawn Lake where the San Antonio Parks Foundation will present their water reflected fireworks display. This is a truly unique experience that promises to be fun for the whole family.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, the recent rainfall makes conditions a bit more agreeable for fireworks but that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of the woods. A sharp increase in the temperature could result in drying up the area and forcing another cancellation. Could you still celebrate the 4th of July without fireworks? Absolutely. But for that to happen you need to refocus your efforts on your own backyard. That’s where you can gather your friends and family for a good old fashion summer cookout.

One of the fun things about a cookout is that you probably won’t have any trouble getting the men to do most of the cooking. Naturally that “cooking” really means grilling. At any backyard barbeque you won’t have to look far for the husbands and dads. They’ll all be gathered around the grill discussing the merits of what makes the best BBQ. As for the kids, all they need for backyard fun is a sprinkler and a waterslide and they’re good to go. In fact, with the hot July temperatures it might be hard keeping some of those grown-ups off that water slide.

To get your backyard ready for this kind of fun celebration you’ll going to have to do a bit of safety proofing. Essentially this will mean inspecting every corner of your yard for any hazardous junk. Don’t forget if you have kids playing here than anything that isn’t nailed down can become a trap! Piles of lumber, chunks of concrete, busted planters or rusted kitchen appliances will all become fair game as those young ones explore and imagine. You can clear all that junk out in one afternoon by hiring a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio.

The professional junk hauling team from Junk King will arrive at your home for a scheduled appointment. They’ll be working on your schedule not the other way around. If you need to be there to supervise they can show up after work hours or on the weekend. You could even pile up what you want taken away in your driveway. Attach a note saying, “All this junk goes!” and the pros will do the rest! Make sure your 4th of July and rest of the summer will be a safe one with a clean backyard.

San Antonio Grill Disposal and Recycling

Given the choice, most folks would prefer their dinners grilled. Whether its steak, fish, chicken or ribs, cooking them on an outdoor BBQ is the best way to enjoy a wide range of flavors. You don’t have to travel far around San Antonio before you find a grill being fired up somewhere. Even if you’ve been grilling all your life, there are still probably some tips you might not even be aware of. Taking on any one of these helpful hints can completely change your grilling game.

Top of the list would be the advice not to grill cold meat. Yes, we’re being constantly warned not to leave meat out on a countertop because that’s where bacteria grows. That certainly holds true when it comes to thawing meat but not necessarily with meat that you’re bringing to room temperature. The challenge is heating a piece of meat from the center out. How many times have you cut into a steak to find it too undercooked in the center? Warming up that meat before it goes on the grill increases your opportunity for a more thorough cooking. Preheating is also essential to a good BBQ. You have to preheat your oven so why not preheat your grill? Always start grilling with at your perfect temperature for the meat you’re cooking.

There are many grillers who like to poke, prod and flip their food. This is only going to get in the way of locking in those amazing flavors. Sear first. This means setting your meat on the heat and letting it “flash brown.” Do this on both sides and around the edges (counts for chicken too!). Once your meat is sear, place it on your grate and let the heat work. In other words leave it alone for several minutes then flip. It doesn’t have to be that complicated.

You also want to avoid fueling your fire with fat. Sure it’s fun to see the flames flare up and hear that sizzle as fat or excess marinade drops down from your meat. However, what you’re doing with that flare up is causing char. That’s going to ruin your dinner in a snap. And just like cooking indoors, give your meat a chance to rest between the grill and the plate. Open another bottle of wine while your steak “settles down.”

Before any of this great grilling can begin you have to make sure you’ve got the best working BBQ. Leaving a grill outdoors year round means it’s going to take a beating. At some point, you have to surrender and buy a new grill. That’s a good thing! What else is a good thing is letting a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio handle the task of old grill removal. They can load up your old grill and just about anything else you want to get rid of. Clearing out the clutter from your home and yard is a perfect way to start the summer.