Summertime is here. As temperatures continue to rise, you may want to begin preparing meals without heating the house whenever possible. Using a grill is a great way to keep the heat of cooking outside your home. Most of us enjoy the thought of having a good meal while the sun sets or under the stars. If you haven’t considered the value of cooking outdoors recently, now is a great time to adjust your way of thinking. It’s time to dust off the grill and refresh your memory and your taste buds!
Be careful that you do not limit grilling to a weekend event as you will miss out on some of the relaxing activity it can bring to your midweek slump. Cooking on the grill is a great way to enjoy nature after a long day of work. One thing that can be said about grill cooking is that the selections are almost as limitless as they are when cooking inside on a stove. Just use your imagination and very few items will be off limits when it comes to cooking on the grill. In addition to meats, you can also cook all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables on the grill as well. You should also keep in mind the delicious side dishes that go great with grilled foods such as baked beans, potato salad, and nice cool desserts and pies.
Grilling outdoors can also bring the entire family together for the cooking process. Note to Mom: this is a great way to get Dad to help out with meal preparation. While this is said somewhat jokingly, men are much more inclined to slave away over a grill in the backyard than a hot stove in the kitchen. Grilling is also a way to get the kids involved in meal preparation and clean up. Even small children can help by bringing utensils to the grill, holding plates, and “setting” the picnic table for your dining experience. If you intend to do a good deal of cooking on the grill you may want to invest in some portable and “kid friendly” containers for things such as condiments, napkins, plastic ware, and tablecloths. Be sure to find containers that can handle a strong gust of wind without flying off too. These may be a little heavier for your little ones to hold but you won’t have to chase them across the lawn.
The most important thing to remember about cooking on the grill is that it should be a fun experience rather than a chore. One of the biggest benefits to grilling is that most of the mess of cooking remains outside your kitchen. You can even use disposable plates when grill cooking and keep the dining al fresco. If you are hoping for instant family unity over the picnic table you might want to think again but there isn’t anything quite like it when it comes to not worrying about spills or dropped food as you can rest fairly certain that the animals will take care of anything that gets left behind.