As the light grows brighter at the end of the tunnel and more than 50% of New Yorkers have been vaccinated against Covid-19, many agree that it is time to get back outdoors. Like a caged animal, even when the gate is lifted, there is still trepidation about the safety of the world outside the cage.
In an effort to return to a resemblance of normal, but not return to pandemic isolation, Governor Cuomo announced a partnership between New York State Parks and Tentrr, a company that equips campers with campsites, canvas-wall tents, a comfortable bed, an Adirondack chair to watch the stars, and a fire pit to keep the traveler warm and connected to friends, family and nature. All items are set up and ready to use upon arrival for added convenience, and sites are maintained by Tentrr staff.
Tentrr’s fully outfitted campsites are available to reserve at the Sebago and Silver Mine areas of Harriman State Park in Orange and Rockland Counties; Taconic State Park and Lake Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County; and Mills-Norrie State Park in Dutchess County.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying, “Camping at a State Park is an ideal way to explore the great outdoors with friends and family.” The goal is to enhance the tourism economy as well as remind visitors of all that New York State has to offer, and all in a safe and socially distanced experience.
Despite the casualness associated with camping, all locations include a 10-foot by 12-foot, canvas-walled tent atop a raised platform. Each site is outfitted with a queen-sized bed and memory foam mattress, a propane heating source, a solar-powered “sun” shower, a camp toilet, and a water container. “As a New York City-based company, it is great to partner with our home state supporting its incredible park system across the region,” said Todd King, Vice President of Marketing at Tentrr. “Through Tentrr, we hope New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors alike will explore the incredible natural resources and parks the state has to offer. Tentrr makes it easy to find an amazing site to enjoy the state’s vast landscapes and inspiring scenery.”
The partnership with Tentrr enhances Governor Cuomo’s NY Parks 100 initiative, which renews the historic commitment to investing and expanding the State Park system by committing at least $440 million over the next four years. This essential period of revitalization will culminate in the 2024 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the State Park Act, which first created the New York State Park system in 1924 under Governor Al Smith.
In the spirit of this partnership, one company has offered not only their product, but also their advice and expertise. Good Ranchers, founded in 2018, is a family owned and operated online meat retailer (think locally sourced meat subscription boxes sent every month straight to your door or one-off orders). Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer (May 31st) followed by National Grilling Month (July), Good Ranchers thought they would share a few grilling tips that can make or break a backyard BBQ:
- Don’t grill your steak (or any meat for that matter) directly from the refrigerator. One of the most common grilling mistakes is grilling cold meat. You want your steak to be room temperature for the best-grilled steak, so get in the habit of setting your meat out for about 30 minutes before grilling to get it at the right temperature.
- Make sure you pat the meat dry so you get that perfect grill crust and flavor. Grilling a wet steak is not the way to go, that’s why using steak marinades overnight is ideal to let the marinade soak into the meat, not just coating the outside.
- Either season/salt your steak one hour before grilling it or immediately before grilling it – anything shorter than 40 minutes will only pull moisture out of the steak and not let the outside get those beautiful grill marks and crust.
- The most common grilling mistake is cutting the steak too soon after taking it off the grill. You want your steak to rest for about five minutes after taking it off the grill to help let the juices redistribute.
- Use a meat thermometer! Trust us – even expert chefs and grill masters use one.
- Don’t be an antsy griller. What do we mean by that? Many grilling newbies think they always need to be doing something. Whether it’s opening the grill lid multiple times to check the status of your steaks, or flipping the meat incessantly, sometimes you need to take a break and let the grill and the quality Good Ranchers meat and marbling do most of the work. Grill and char marks are pretty pleasing to the eye; so don’t be afraid to turn your meat in order to get an artful masterpiece, not just to look at, but to taste as well.
- If using a sauce or glaze, put it on towards the end of your grilling session. Things like BBQ sauce can easily burn thanks to the sugar and ends up burning or charring your sauce and therefore your meat. Most of us aren’t fans of burnt meat, so don’t go overboard or too early with the sauce. Many grill masters say the sauce should be a condiment, so hold off until you feel you’ve mastered this piece.
Good Ranchers selects and delivers 100% American beef, all-natural chicken and Berkshire heritage breed pork directly to the customer’s door. The livestock is raised in stress-free environments, never fed anything unnatural, and are sourced from local ranches and farms throughout the heartland of America.