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Tailgating In Style with FactoryDirect2you

FactoryDirect2youTailgating has certainly changed over the years with burgers and dogs being replaced by gourmet sliders and beer brat sausages. Tailgating is no longer an afterthought, but something that people who love tailgating plan for months in advance.

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Of course, you don’t have to be a Tailgating fanatic to get in on the fun. FactoryDirect2you has some incredible items for sale online that will help you make the recipe below for your next Tailgating party.

Gourmet Blue Cheese and Bacon  Sliders

Ingredients

Two Pounds extra Lean Ground Beef
1.5 tsp Fresh Garlic Minced
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp White Pepper
¼ tsp Salt
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
3 Ounces Blue Cheese
Five Strips Cooked Until Crispy Bacon
I Package Hawaiian Rolls

Directions

Combine all of the above except for the Hawaiian rolls. Mix with your hands until it is well incorporated, as you will want to make sure that your sliders hold together on the grill.

Once combined, start preparing your burgers by shaping them into a ball about the size of a medium meatball. Flatten with your hand making sure that everything is holding together as it should.

Oil your FactoryDirect2you Picnic Time X-Grill before placing the patties on the grate. Grill about 5 minutes per side, 3 minutes if you prefer your sliders on the rare side.

Place on the Hawaiian Rolls with your choice of condiments and enjoy your Tailgating party!

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The X-Grill from FactoryDirect2you and Picnic time is the folding portable charcoal BBQ grill that is perfect for Tailgating, picnics, camping or for a day at the beach. It’s easy to assemble and has a large 203.5” grilling surface. The X-Grill also includes an electro-plated iron barbecue grill, a chrome plated tri-fold cooking grate and one charcoal grate that pack up inside the folded grill. With its sturdy polyester carrying tote that can be digitally printed with your favorite team’s logo, you will be the hit at your next Tailgating party.

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Of course, if you want to have a couple of cocktails at your Tailgating party, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you will love the Manhattan from Picnic Time’s Legacy Collection. The personalized portable cocktail case has everything you need for Tailgating and is fully insulated. Included in your cocktail case are two martini glasses, a stainless steel shaker a double-sided jigger, ice tongs, a strainer, 2 olive picks, a vermouth mister, a combination fork/spoon stirrer, and two cotton napkins. There is even enough room for two bottles. The Manhattan also features a shoulder strap and a suitcase style handle for easy transport.

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When it comes to Tailgating, FactoryDirect2you has got you covered. Order your Tailgating supplies online today and get ready for some football!

Make Pomegranate Juice at Home

My wife and I were doing some yard work this weekend and started to trim the neighbors completely ignored pomegranate tree that was hanging on our side of the yard with its leaves and very sad looking, yellow and splitting fruit that was falling in our yard and making a mess.

In the process, we ended up with about thirty average sized pomegranates that turned out to be pretty tasty.  Not being the wasteful types, we decided to see what we could do with them, so we washed them off and brought them inside.

We decided that it might be fun to make pomegranate juice at home and that steaming them in the pressure cooker would be the easiest way to extract the juice, so we began the process of building a juice extractor rig for the pressure cooker.

Being an avid reader of the Hip Pressure Cooking blog, I knew that juicing in the pressure cooker was a great way to extract juice, so it seemed like a no brainer.

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Since we don’t have a trivet to put in the bottom of our pressure cooker, we used a small stainless mixing bowl as a riser for our Pyrex collection bowl to keep it from sitting directly on the bottom of our 8qt. Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker Stockpot.  This seemed to work very well and kept the collection bowl well away from the heat of the burner.

Pyrex bowl for juice collection

The next step was making a handle of sorts, so we could get the Pyrex bowl out.  We used a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil to make a cradle for the bowl.  The foil was large enough to be grasped to lift the bowl and wide enough to add stability while pulling the bowl out of the pot.  The nice thing about aluminum foil is how fast it cools, so no burnt fingers.

Steamer insert to hold the pomegranate seeds to make pomegranate juice at home.

With the collection bowl in place, we added our Steamer Basket to hold the fruit.  Kuhn Rikon makes a Juice Extractor for pressure cookers, but it is only for one specific sized unit and ours is too narrow for it, so we improvised and it worked really well.  Any heat safe steamer basket will work, you are just looking for something to hold the fruit while containing the seeds.

Pomegranate seeds to juice in Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker

The fruit is in the steamer basket and we we’re ready to put on the lid and start the pressure.  Our steamer basket holds just about 4 cups of pomegranate seeds perfectly.  Loosely following the directions from Hip Pressure Cooking, we closed the lid and got to high pressure.  We experimented with a few different times and found that 16 minutes produced a fair amount of juice with great color.

Pressure cooker steamed pomegranate seeds

After 16 minutes at high pressure, we turned off the heat and allowed the pressure to come down via Natural Release, which takes about 15 minutes or so, but is well worth the wait to keep the juice from clouding or spraying out of the valve and making a huge mess of hot sticky red dye.

Even though the berries still look plump, they have given up most of their goodness…or have they?

Pressing the pressure cooked berries with a potato ricer

Once we got the berries out of the pressure cooker and saw how plump they still looked, we decided to try and press them to get more of their deliciousness out.  We brought out our Kuhn Rikon Potato Ricer, loaded it up about a third full and pressed the seeds.  This resulted in what I will call pomegranate purée, with a vivid magenta color and an amazing flavor that would work great in sweet or savory applications.

Pressed pomegranate seeds in kuhn rikon potato ricer

After pressing the seeds in the potato ricer, they looked much more used up.  I felt real bad that I couldn’t find a use for them, but apparently Pomegranate Seed Oil is really great for your skin.  We did put some of the pressed seeds into a small bottle with vodka to see if we could extract even more flavor, so look for an update on that in the future.

Results of pressure cooking 4 cups of pomegranate seeds.

The result of pressure extracting. Our 4 cup batch of raw pomegranate seeds was processed into about 3/4 cup clear juice and about 1-1/2 cups of purée.   The juice was clear and delicious and the puree was the consistency of thin applesauce with an amazing flavor that would work well in sweet as well as savory dishes.

Containers showing results of pressure juicing about thirty medium pomegranates

And here is the final result of our pomegranate experiment.  We ended up with about 4 quarts of purée and about 1 quart of clear juice.  We used all of the puree with some of the juice to make 24, 8oz jars of pomegranate jam, varying the amounts of sugar in each batch, to test different levels of sweetness. I plan on using the rest of the juice for drinking and to make grenadine.

So there you go.  Pomegranates are an amazingly delicious, nutritious and versatile fruit.  They may be a lot of work, but they are so worth it in the long run.

Next time we trim the neighbors tree, I plan on experimenting with using the pressure cooker to easily remove the seeds from the husk, so stay tuned.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Online

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Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, and if you are searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for that special woman in your life, start shopping now! Thanks to the speedy delivery service available from FactoryDirect2You, you can find a unique Mother’s Day gift for your wife, significant other, aunt, niece, grandmother, a special friend, and of course, your mom.

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FactoryDirect2You has the best Mother’s Day gift that is so affordable you can splurge and buy her a couple of presents and take her to brunch as well.

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Check out the featured special on the FactoryDirect2You website like the Kuhn Rikon Hotpan. This energy saving, “Cook and Serve,” revolution saves time and would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift as it goes from stove to table in one simple step. Any busy woman would love the innovative three-piece design of this hotpan that keeps food fresh, hot, and delicious. Available in red, green, or orange, the Kuhn Rikon Hotpan really is a great Mother’s Day gift.

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Pamper that special lady with a truly unique Mother’s Day gift that she will cherish for years. FactoryDirect2You has a large selection of massage chairs from Panasonic, Omega, and Osaki.

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FactoryDirect2You is proud to carry the Cadillac of massage chairs that any woman would love for a Mother’s Day gift. Osaki is the leader when it comes to acupressure massage chairs designing and building the finest therapeutic massage chairs and devices such as Zero Gravity Massage chairs and Zero Gravity Heating Massage chairs.

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Buy the Zero Gravity Osaki OS-4000 Executive Massage Chair and save $200.00 when you order this fantastic Mother’s Day gift from FactoryDirect2You. With its Zero Gravity design and intelligent massage rollers that focus on your shoulders, lumbar and neck this amazing massage chair will make your mom, or anyone else for that matter feel as if they are being massaged by a real person.

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The Zero Gravity Osaki OS-4000 Executive Massage Chair has six unique auto-programs and an automatic massage for your upper body that includes your lumbar, back, neck and shoulder, and the lower part of your body for your feet, calves, thighs and buttocks. With six massage styles that include, kneading, rolling, clapping, shiatsu, Swedish or a combo, the Zero Gravity Osaki OS-4000 Executive Massage Chair really is the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

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Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day Gift for the chef in your life, or a unique Mother’s Day Gift to spoil and pamper that certain someone, you are bound to find it when you shop online with FactoryDirect2You.

Buy the perfect Mother’s Day Gift from FactoryDirect2You today.

Juicing for Health

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Juicing is all the rage, but although it is trending on all the social media pages, juicing is actually healthy for you as it is the perfect way to get your recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables.

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FactoryDirect2You only carries the best brands of juicing appliances including Waring, Marathon, Acme, Sunpentown, and one of the most well known and oldest juicing manufacturers, Champion.

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For more than 50 years, the Champion Juicer has been juicing it up for people all over the planet with its commercial and household juicing appliances. Since that time, Champion has refined its range continuing to enhance juicing capabilities so that you can extract flavor and nutrition from the vegetables, fruits and grains that you like to enjoy.

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The Champion Juicer is manufactured out of long-lasting stainless steel and resists both food odor and wear and tear, and if you are committed to juicing, you will know how important a sturdy juicer is. Because of the way that the blades are made they will never rust, tarnish, twist or separate. Every Champion 2000+ Juicer carries a five year limited warranty on the juicing parts with a three-year warranty on the Champion juicing motor.

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Save big on both the Champion Household juicer and the Heavy Duty Commercial Champion Juicer when you buy from FactoryDirect2You.

If juicing sounds like a bit like too much work, you will love the easy to use Waring Pro Juicer that is more affordable than you think. The 400 watt motor is vibration free and quiet making juicing a breeze.

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The Waring Pro Juicer extracts more using less produce, which means you are getting more juice and less dry pulp in the pulp collector. This literally means less mess and easy cleanups. With fewer parts, the Waring Pro Juicer for juicing is easy to put together and even easier to clean.

Buy a juicer from FactoryDirect2You and try out the juicing recipe below and you will soon become a juicing fanatic like the rest of the planet.

Quick pick me up

  • One Peeled Grapefruit
  • Two Cups Kale Ribs Removed
  • Three Celery Stalks
  • Two Carrots
  • One Apple Cored
  • One 2” Slice of Ginger

Add ingredients one by one into the chute of your FactoryDirect2You Juicer and enjoy!

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Stay healthy and start juicing with the best and most affordable juicers from FactoryDirect2You.

 

 

Tailgating Season is Coming!

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The college football season has started and the smell of fall is almost in the air while fans, students and alumni get their tailgating game in full gear.   Next comes the NFL  and the tailgating season will be on…are you ready?

Tailgating is a blast and when done well, it’s REALLY a blast.  Not only is it great to serve amazing food and drinks, but how you present your party can make the difference between great and memorable.  Pinterest is an amazing source for some awesome tailgating ideas for recipes, decorations and products that  make your life easier or help you display your team spirit.

Whether you’re tailgating in the parking lot, or just watching the game with friends, your team spirit needs to outshine the competition.  Officially licensed fan gear is everywhere, from picnic baskets to picnic tables, drink holders to drink coolers.  Need a fire pit with your team’s logo?  Check.   How about a Jello mold to represent your team?  Got it.  Food and drinks in the team colors?  Of course.

All that you need to impress the fans and outshine the other team are at your finger tips, so pick up a few of these sports products and party ideas and get out there and amaze everybody with your team spirit and party expertise.

Thermal Cooking to Keep the Kitchen Cool and Save Stovetop Space

SOFT COOKING®, SAVING ENERGY

Anyone who wants to prepare fine food in a healthful, energy saving and, above all, stress-free way will love Kuhn Rikon Durotherm and Hotpan. Inset imageWith this Double Walled Cookware from Kuhn Rikon, the food is briefly heated with a little water in the clever double-walled pan, and then cooks precisely to a finish in the pan without the addition of further energy. This is very healthful, because the food retains its vitamins and minerals, and needs less seasoning.

From stove to table in one step, Kuhn Rikon Hotpan combines superb functionality with Swiss design. Make more healthful meals using ½ the time and energy it takes conventional cookware. Hotpan’s unique method of cooking lets you create moist, delicious meals using less oils or fats. cutawayHotpan’s innovative 3-piece design also makes it a star performer at the table. Food stays fresh, colorful and piping hot for two hours after it’s off the stove. This means late-arriving family or party guests can enjoy meals hours after you cook them and you have the option of cooking some foods first and finishing them on the counter to save your valuable cooktop space as well as additional heat in the kitchen.

So stay cool in the kitchen and save some time and energy in your kitchen with these amazing soft cooking pots and pans.

Delicious Hoisin Garlic Smoked Chicken Wings

Sometimes the best things are stumbled upon by accident and this time it was truly a winner.  One Sunday late afternoon I was smoking some chicken wings and ran out of time to finish them on the grill, so I just cooled, bagged and froze them for later.  The following weekend I defrosted some and grilled them up on a high flame and sauced them with a garlic Hoisin sauce…they were amazing!

So here’s what I did.  First I seasoned the wings with my homemade BBQ rub and bagged them for 24hrs.  I smoked the wings on my Memphis Elite Grill at at 180° for about four hours, until the internal temp was around 140°.  I could have easily cranked up the heat and grilled them at that point, but it was late, so I bagged them for later.  

The beauty of smoking and freezing is when it’s time to grill the wings, I can take them anywhere with a hot fire to finish.  Simply defrost and throw the wings on until they start to get nicely colored with a bit of char.  I like to have a stainless mixing bowl of sauce right next to the grill to throw them into when done so that they can start taking up the sauce right away while hot.  I typically try to do a variety of sauces when cooking for a crowd.  I like a simple Buffalo, Honey BBQ and the Hoisin Garlic sauce, but what makes this so fun is that you can get very creative with the sauces.

The smokiness of the wings comes through as an undertone of the sauce flavor and is far superior to any fried wings that I have had.

So if you want to impress your friends with your amazing grilling skills, I recommend smoking the wings low and slow first, until barely cooked.  Then you can finish them on the grill later and watch everybody be amazed at how you got so much flavor in them so “quickly”.