Monthly Archives: November 2014
beer king gatineau

How to Get Your Beer Ice Cold in Minutes

Kicking back with a cold beer with friends after work or during a big hockey game is always a treat – except when the beer is a less-than-ideal temperature. For most people, the only way to drink a brew is when it’s ice cold. Any warmer than that and it’s just not as good.

Obviously, the best way to ensure that you have truly cold beer is to make sure it has time to chill in the fridge before you’re ready to enjoy it. However, when you buy beer by the case, like at a Gatineau beer king store, it often is stored at room temperature.

So what can you do to make your Gatineau beer king brews ice cold right after you bring them home? Thankfully, there are a couple of things you can try.

Salt and Ice

This method has been used for years to cool things quickly, and the best part is that everyone already has all of the necessary ingredients at home.

First, take your warm Gatineau beer king cans or bottles and put a few of them in a large bowl (a small cooler will work well.) Then, fill the container with water and ice, making sure to cover the brews entirely.

This is where the science comes in: the final step is to stir in some regular table salt. You need enough salt to make the water salty, so if you’re using a cooler you might need a cup of salt or more. Salt lowers the freezing point of water, super-cooling the water (and your beer) quickly.

Once you’ve mixed the salt, water and ice together, it shouldn’t take more than five minutes to get your beer to optimal drinking temperatures. Just make sure to rinse the cans before you drink from them so you don’t get a mouthful of salt water.

Paper Towel

Though this method is less effective than the salt and ice version, it works in a pinch if you don’t have enough salt.

Everyone knows that putting their warm beers from the Gatineau beer king in the freezer will cool them down, but if you wrap a wet paper towel around them first, they’ll cool even faster.

After you’ve placed your wrapped beers in the fridge, it should take about 15 to 20 minutes to get them cool enough to drink.

So there you have it: two ways to effectively cool warm Gatineau beer king brews in a snap, so you’ll never miss a minute of the game.

November 26, 2014
Marche Laflamme

Tips for Cooking With Your BBQ in the Winter

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor grill, you know the unfortunate feeling of having to pack it away for the cold winter months. However, the savoury taste of honey-glazed pork chops and roasted ears of corn doesn’t have to be exclusive for sizzling summer months. Having an outdoor grill gives you the luxury of having delicious BBQ’ed food all year round, even in the winter. Stick to these winter grilling tips and you’ll be enjoying your BBQ in every kind of weather.

Heat Things Up

Whether you’re looking to buy a new grill or you’re already a proud owner, it’s important to make sure it will have good heating qualities to help with cold weather cooking. Gas grills are top contenders when it comes to heating up quickly which will also help keep you out of the cold longer. Look for a BBQ with a good hood that will keep heat in and features a built-in thermometer. Remember to be patient. Allow your grill to heat up to the desired temperature before cooking. You’ll save time and cook your food safely.

Be Prepared

One of the joys of summer cooking is feasting on all sorts of grill-worthy foods. Whether you’re cooking steaks or vegetable skewers, prepare the food beforehand to avoid shivering in the cold. Marinate any meat ahead of time instead of applying BBQ sauce and spices outside, season vegetables and wrap baked potatoes in foil so everything is ready to be popped on the grill and left to sizzle away. If you’re planning on being outside for long periods of time while cooking, make sure to protect your hands and head as you may be at risk of frostbite.

Maintain Your Grill

While scooping up your food from the BBQ and heading inside right away seems like the best case scenario, your grill still needs a little love before closing up shop. Make sure to clean your BBQ thoroughly after every use so you can avoid having to do so the next time you fire it up. Also keep a stocked supply of propane or charcoal to avoid having half-cooked food in the dead of winter. There’s nothing worse than biting into a poorly-cooked steak with a rumbling tummy.

Get Creative

Every season brings new market-fresh foods to enjoy. Whether you’re grilling zucchini in the summer or roasting butternut squash in the fall get inspired by the various seasonal foods available to you. You can even go as far to make yummy BBQ s’mores in the winter. How fun!



November 7, 2014
Marche Laflamme