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New Years Resolution To Eat Healthy? Make It Easier With A Big Green Egg!

The most common New Year’s resolutions have to do with getting healthy. Losing weight, eating healthy, and healthy habits are common January resolutions. These are great ideas, but unfortunately, they don’t often stick. In fact, many “resolutioners” will be back to old habits by February, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to eat healthier in the new year, we can help you stay successful with a Big Green Egg and EGGcessories. Big Green Egg Large Grill - Milford CT- The Cozy Flame

Better Food

Because of the way the Big Green Egg cooks your food, it will retain the natural flavors of the foods and the seasonings you use. It’s easier to eat healthily when your food tastes good! Let us help you with that.

Variety of Sizes

When you choose a Big Green Egg, they don’t all have to be big. In fact, they come in a variety of sizes, including a Mini Egg appropriate for a bachelor or couple, up to an XXLarge Egg which will feed your entire neighborhood block party, and five sizes in between. When you begin planning with the professionals, we can help you determine which size is the best for you.

Variety of Uses

Whether you choose an EGG that is big or small, you can use them in the same way because they work in the same way. While Big Green Eggs are a grill, they are designed after the clay cooking vessels first seen in the third century in Asia. These state-of-the-art products have evolved into a ceramic-coated grill product appropriate for use as a smoker, a grill, an oven, and a cooker. You can cook anything in your Big Green Egg that you can in your kitchen–without all the cleanup and odors indoors.

Variety of Accessories

Big Green Eggs work great alone but can be even better with certain EGGcessories. Once you choose your Mini, MiniMax, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, or XXLarge Egg you can choose the best EGGcessories to bring your food from fridge to table.

EGG Basics

Pick out a nest for your egg that is stylish, basic, and add wood side wings. You can even choose a portable nest for your MiniMax for your camping and picnicking outings this summer. There are even nests for table tops and mats for the floor that are specially designed to work with your Big Green Egg. If you’re designing your outdoor space around your new grill, you can choose custom islands and tables to work with the new addition. Pick out covers for your Egg, and even shop spare parts.

Cooking Tools

Adding ConvEGGtors and baking stones to your Big Green Egg can transform your Big Green Egg into the perfect pizza or convection oven. For the traditional smokey flavor of barbecue, you can even purchase charcoal starters and smoky woods. Other cooking tools available are temperature controls, cooking utensils, racks, grids, and cookware for your Egg. You can even bring home cookbooks and seasonings specially designed for your Egg.

At The Cozy Flame, we don’t just sell the Big Green Egg–we also use them! We know that the best way to feed our whole family or our whole team is with a Big Green Egg. Come by our showroom to see one in action at 116-Q Research Dr., and a comfort consultant can help you choose the best grill for you.

Call 203-283-4459 or stop by.

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What Can You Cook on a Big Green Egg?

At The Cozy Flame, it is our privilege to offer the best products and brands for our customers and neighbors in and around Milford, Connecticut. At this time of year we love to match families with grills and accessories that bring backyard family time to life. The Big Green Egg is one of our most popular new products and it comes in a variety of sizes for all of your family’s needs. Don’t believe us? It’s as versatile as a slow cooker!

Brunch

The Big Green Egg has impressive capabilities, including baking. When you bake zucchini bread on the Egg, you will find it to be fluffier and bold in flavor. Simply set the Egg to indirect cooking and prepare your ingredients. Follow this link or follow your favorite recipe!

Dinner

It can be easy to fall into a habit of cooking the easy thing, but this is no way to enjoy The Big Green Egg. In fact, we think the open-faced spaghetti pot pie is better than any pizza we’ve made on the Egg. This recipe doesn’t only call for ingredients, but also specific EGGcessories to make the cooking process as easy as possible. When following the recipe, note that the open-faced spaghetti pot pie takes 20-25 minutes, so plan accordingly.

Dessert

Forget messy smores around a bonfire. The whole family can have a blast making their own homemade ice cream sandwiches with The Big Green Egg!

Appetizers

There’s nothing quite like a little spice to kick off the summer. The Big Green Egg is especially handy when cooking spicy foods that may leave your kitchen stinking like peppers for hours or days after. Check out this recipe from Wickles Pickles that you will simply relish! All you need is: 12 jalapenos, shredded white cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, relish, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using indirect cooking, prepare the peppers according to the recipe, place directly on cooking grid, and they’ll be ready to enjoy in 7-10 minutes.

You don’t have to stick to boring hotdogs and drumsticks when you invest in The Big Green Egg. These are just a few fun recipes available, and there’s more where that came from. While you’re there, check out the EGGcessories, success stories, and support available to our Big Green Egg customers.

If you’re still on the fence about your new grill, don’t be! Our professionals at our showroom will help you through your decision. Start now, and you can be cooking up something wonderful in no time!

Call 203-283-4459 or stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Drive in Milford, CT today!

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Big Green Egg, the Ultimate Outdoor Accessory

Families across the country are gearing up for holiday gatherings, family reunions, and cookouts. Summer is the prime time for people to get outside to grill. When you chose a new Big Green Egg to replace your old grill, you summer will be never be the same.

Safety and Efficiency

When you invest in a Big Green Egg, you will get a grill that is safe, hazard-free, and long-lasting. You will spend less money on fuel, less time standing over a hot grill in the heat, and you’ll surely be the Barbecue Master of the neighborhood.

Versatility

You don’t have to be a meat-eater to enjoy a Big Green Egg. In fact, a pizza baked in a Big Green Egg is comparable in taste and quality to a pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Whether you’re grilling steaks, baking casseroles, smoking fish, or roasting vegetables, the Big Green Egg can make all your food taste so much better.

The Size to Fit Your Need

The Big Green Egg may have started as one simple “kamado” cooker, but it has now evolved into a line of seven sizes to fit every need.

  • Mini – Picnics and tailgate parties will never be the same when you have this little EGG. It’s safe and perfectly sized for boats, balconies, and campgrounds.
  • MiniMax – This is perfect for camping, poolside cookouts, and parties. This EGG comes with a convenient carrying case so you can take it wherever. It also features a slightly larger cooking area than the Mini, but it is super easy to pack and take it wherever.
  • Small – With the same grill surface as the MiniMax, this EGG can cook a 12 pound turkey, 4 burgers, 1 chicken, 2 steaks, or 1 rack of ribs. And it has the ability to cook them to perfection. This EGG is not designed to travel, but it doesn’t come with a carrying case.
  • Medium – Sized for a small family or couple, this is a great addition to a home or backyard patio. This EGG can accommodate an 18-pound turkey, 6 burgers, 3 chickens (vertically), 4 steaks, or 4 racks of ribs (vertically). So go ahead and invite the neighbors, you’ll have plenty of room on your grill to cook for a crowd.
  • Large – The most popular size and is able to cook enough for a large group. The Large EGG allows you to bake, roast, or smoke, it can do all the job so there’s no need to make a mess on your kitchen stove.
  • XLarge – Cook for a crowd or multiple meals at once, this EGG is not just great for summer get-togethers, but it also offers all the space you need to prepare holiday meals as well.
  • XXLarge – The biggest EGG is capable of cooking for a large group, restaurant, or catering. This EGG will fit and cook a suckling pig to perfection. Don’t believe us. See for yourself!

You can see the Big Green Egg in action at our showroom. Or you can call us at 203-283-4459 to learn more before barbecue season is in full-swing!

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How to Cook Pizza on a Big Green Egg

The Investment

If you were smart enough to invest in a Big Green Egg for your outdoor space, you probably know about all the awesome benefits that come along with it! In case you don’t remember (or you need a succinct list to share with your friends during your next get-together), the benefits of owning a Big Green Egg include but aren’t limited to:

  • Versatility: It’s a grill, smoker, and oven all-in-one.
  • Low-Maintenance: easy to use, easy to clean, easy to maintain.
  • Precise Temperature Control: high-temperature grilling, and low-temperature smoking made easy.
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty and best-in-class customer service and dealer support.
  • Variety of Sizes: seven individual sizes to best match your need and circumstance.
  • EGGsperience: tv, podcasts, and publications to further enhance your experience.

Part of the Big Green Egg EGGsperience is the online community in which users share recipes, techniques, and more. To get the most out of your Big Green Egg, make sure you visit the Big Green Egg site. They share all sorts of special techniques for cooking your favorite food on your favorite grill!

Cooking Pizza on Your Big Green Egg

What You’ll Need

When cooking pizza on the Big Green Egg you will utilize indirect heat with the help of your ConvEGGtor™. Get started by nestling your starter in the charcoal, placing your ConvEGGtor™, legs up, and the cooking grate atop that. Place the pizza stone on the grate, and warm it to an appropriate temperature (600 degrees is recommended).

Next, choose the type of pizza you want to make. You should decide on the type of dough for the crust (a deep dish crust requires a deep dish baking stone).

Place the dough on the pizza peel, using a thin layer of cornmeal or parchment paper to keep the crust from sticking. Now is the time for your favorite sauce, toppings, and cheese (pro tip: put the toppings on before the cheese for a bigger flavor).

Because your Big Green Egg is at a high temperature, you should properly burp it as you open the top, allowing oxygen to enter slowly and safely. Place the pizza onto the baking stone using the peel, close the lid, and you will have a pizza toasted-to-perfection in no time at all. Safely remove the pizza using your pizza peel, cut, cool, and enjoy!

Because you used your Big Green Egg to do the cooking, your pizza is full of flavor, the mess is easy to clean-up, and your oven didn’t heat up your kitchen in the process. When you purchase a Big Green Egg, you will taste the difference. Visit The Cozy Flame, an authorized retailer of Big Green Egg, today.

For more tips and tricks to make your pizza night a successful one, visit Big Green Egg’s new Pizza Publication.

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End Summer With Grilling On A Big Green Egg!

End Summer With Grilling On A Big Green Egg Image - Mildford CT - The Cozy FlameWith Labor Day just around the corner, summer is beginning to draw to a close. Just because the weather cools off, however, doesn’t mean your cooking has to! End summer with a bang – and keep the party going all year long – with grilling on a Big Green Egg!

Make your best ever barbecue!

While most people know of the Big Green Egg as a grill it can do so much more than just sear burgers and steaks. In fact, it can be used as a smoker – with no additional attachments needed. This flexibility in cooking styles can help you make your best ever barbecue this summer!

If you’re looking for fall off the bone, flavorful to the last bite barbecue, The Cozy Flame can help you create it using a Big Green Egg as a smoker! Simply adding the smoking wood chips of your choice into your charcoal can give your barbecue restaurant quality smokiness.

Using the Big Green Egg as a smoker

To use your Big Green Egg as a smoker, all that is needed is charcoal and hardwood chips. Begin by mixing a full load of five pounds of natural lump charcoal with the smoking wood chips of your choice; hickory, apple, cherry, pecan, and more can all create their own unique flavor for your slow smoked meats. Next, set the Egg’s temperature controls to between 200 and 250 degrees. Light the charcoal mixture and leave the lid open for 10 minutes for the charcoal to fully ignite. After this, close the lid and wait for your Big Green Egg to reach optimal smoking temperatures.

Smoking times in the Big Green Egg

Unlike other smokers which need constant attention to stay at the right temperature, the temperature controls of the Big Green Egg allow you to effortless create restaurant-quality smoked meats at home. If you’re planning on smoking, be sure to allow plenty of cook time. While smoking in the Big Green Egg creates the world’s most flavorful barbecue, this “low and slow” style of cooking can take several hours – or longer – depending on the cut and size of the meat being smoked.

The following time and temperature guide can help you determine how long to smoke your meats. However, internal temperatures should be checked using a meat thermometer to ensure all foods are safely cooked.

  • Brisket: 12-20 hours
  • Back ribs: 4-5 hours
  • Short ribs: 6-8 hours
  • Meatloaf: 3 hours
  • Tri-tip: 2 hours
  • Pork butt: 14 hours
  • Whole chicken: 3-4 hours

Depending on the type of food you are smoking, the convEGGtor ceramic plate may be helpful in creating a stable cooking surface. Fitting directly into the bottom section of the Egg, this accessory is also helpful in reducing flare ups when cooking delicate foods such as fish or even when making pizza!

Don’t stop grilling as summer draws to a close. Instead, cook delicious meals all year long with your very own Big Green Egg. For more information on these versatile cooking appliances, contact the expert staff at The Cozy Flame today! Make sure to check out The Cozy Flame’s Facebook page for additional daily delicious recipes.

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