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Get Creative: Ways to Recycle Your Takeout Containers

April 6, 2017
We've all heard the buzzwords:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Now you can join the cause by thinking outside the box (literally).  You can join the movement and still enjoy the convenience of takeout food by following a few simple recycling strategies.  There are clever ways to turn your takeout containers and paper products into everyday useful items.

Food Storage

Seems obvious, right?  Next time you throw a barbeque or dinner party, send your guests home with some delicious items for tomorrow's lunch.  And what makes a better food takeout container for your own fridge than a container made for just the purpose? It's the perfect way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Packaging Material

Trust us, you have tons of it in your home or garage.  Takeout containers, boxes, newspapers have 101 reusable uses.  Something fragile?  Wrap it in newspaper, put it in a takeout container and place it in a reusable box.  Triple Play!

Organizers

Paper clips, rubber bands, push pins.  All the little items that junk up your drawers or clutter your desk top can be neatly organized.  Next time you and your co-workers order in, save the takeout containers (squeaky clean, of course), organize the trifles and voila!  It's an easy way to a neat and tidy work area and a perfect way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

The same applies for organizing the home.  Cotton balls, shopping coupons, recipe cards, nuts & bolts, jewelry-the list goes on and on.

Did you know...

Out of all the types of takeout containers—aluminum, cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam—aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while Styrofoam is the most difficult.

Gardening

Gardening supplies can be expensive.  Styrofoam takeout containers make terrific, reusable seed starting trays.  Plastic, paper, and Styrofoam takeout containers make great planters.  Simply poke holes in the bottom for water drainage.

Crafts

Recycled containers are perfect for storing beads, paints, costume jewelry, or sewing supplies.  A clean takeout box makes great storage for craft-minded people.  Let the kids decorate, and cleanup time becomes playtime.  Children are very knowledgeable about recycling; ask them for some creative ideas!

Paint Trays

Got a painting project?  There's no better choice than plastic, sealable, reusable takeout containers to hold your paint and save your surface from a mess. It's the ideal way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Traveling

Going on a weekend trip or packing the kids off to a sleepover?  Save those resealable condiment bags to hold hair accessories, toothbrush/toothpaste, on-the-go snacks and hit the road.

Doggie Bags for Doggies 

Going on a day trip with your best pal?  Grab a couple of takeout containers for food, treats, etc.  Your pooch will thank you.

Being environmentally conscious isn't always easy.  The possibly unsatisfying final verdict on takeout containers is that it's complicated. It takes creativity, time, and desire to continue and maintain a green movement.  Living green and reusing takeout containers can be simple and, maybe, cost-efficient with a few basic steps and a bit of resourcefulness. Read More...

Cooking with Beer on National Beer Day

April 6, 2017
National Beer Day, celebrated on April 7th, isn't just a randomly chosen date—it actually marks a historic occasion: the end of Prohibition in the U.S. On April 7, 1933, people were once again allowed to buy, brew and sell beer after 13 long, dry years.

What better way to celebrate your legal right (if you're over 21) than to enjoy a beer on National Beer Day on April 7th?  We may have the answer.  The merits of cooking with beer extend way beyond cracking open a cold one after a long day.

Here at Shooter's Wood Fire Grill, we're big fans of cooking with beer. Beer is complex; consider different shades and styles for appropriate recipes.

C'mon...it's National Beer Day! From appetizers to dessert...beer is basic!

Creamy Beer Dip

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1/3 cup stout

  • Pretzel Rods


In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and dressing mix. Stir in Cheddar cheese, and then beer. The mixture will appear mushy. Cover bowl, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, overnight if possible. This is cooking with beer as basic as it gets.

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Beer

  • 2 pounds large shrimp

  • a bottle of pale ale

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic, plus 2 cloves smashed

  • a couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce


Put everything in a plastic bag, and shake it up. Marinate for two to four hours.

Place shrimp on skewers and discard marinade. Grill until done (quick, quick, quick) and enjoy!

Beer Can Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 pounds)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 cup Chicken Seasoning

  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer (experts say any old beer will do)


Preheat grill by turning all burners to medium. Turn off burner(s) on one side of grill.

Rub chicken with oil. Rub cavity with 1 tablespoon of the Chicken Seasoning. Sprinkle remaining Chicken Seasoning evenly over surface of chicken.

Remove about 2 ounces of beer and poke 2 holes in top of can. Hold chicken upright (legs pointing down) and insert opened beer can into cavity. Stand chicken in upright position on unlit side of grill. Position legs to best support chicken (similar to a tripod). Close lid.

Grill chicken 90 minutes or until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F in the thigh). Don't serve the can!

Beer-Battered Apple Rings

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 cup light beer

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Vegetable oil

  • 4 Granny Smith or Gala apples, peeled

  • ? cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Whisk in beer, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

Pour about 2 inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet or pot. Heat to 375 degrees.

While oil is heating, cut apples into slices about ¼ to ½-inch thick. Use an apple corer or a knife to remove the core part of each slice. Pat apple slices dry with paper towel and place in batter.

Coat slices well in batter and fry about 4 apple rings at a time, cooking 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately after removing from oil, sprinkle with just a touch of salt.

Combine powdered sugar and cinnamon and sift over apple rings before serving. Best served immediately.

Mmmm, beer. The main ingredient of any healthy and nutritious meal. No need to wait for National Beer Day to start cooking with beer. Read More...




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