Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   Jul 06

Cook As You Were Meant To…

It’s widely understood that you don’t necessarily have to cook in the traditional manner to get a great meal. You know the usual set up in a kitchen: oven, stove top, refrigerator, microwave, and then an innumerable number of appliances that are meant to help you produce the perfect gourmet meal no matter what dish you’re trying to copy out of a cooking book or television show.

The fact is, all those appliances and cooking utensils can feel more like a prison than a kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, you can cook among nature, the way people used to prepare their meals, with the use of an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are basically a kitchen array that can be installed outside, and which have plenty of options for add-ons and appliances depending on your needs and preferences.

This Isn’t Your Father’s Grill

Of course, the centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen is its designer grill. Designer grills differ from your typical outdoor grills in that it cooks more thoroughly and evenly, is more efficient with its use of energy, and often has its own special setup that will let you grill unusual foods like shish kabob. The best outdoor grills work in tandem with your other outdoor kitchen appliances to produce a full meal, rather than just a few burgers and hot dogs, as per most outdoor meals.

Beyond your grill, you can have an actual oven installed into your outdoor kitchen. This will allow you to vastly expand your outdoor cooking options beyond grilled food without having to run between your grill and your indoor oven. You can also have a refrigeration unit installed to keep food fresh; cooking spoiled food isn’t exactly the best way to throw a party after all, and you can also keep liquid refreshments cool in the refrigerator.

Grills Aren’t Just for Cooking, You Know

Speaking of throwing a party, an outdoor kitchen is a fantastic way to throw an outdoor party. You’ve been to barbecues before, and that’s always fun, but you must get tired of eating the same barbecued food over and over again. With an outdoor kitchen you can enjoy any kind of food you want, and in fact create a whole meal from appetizers to desserts. That’s something you won’t see at most parties.

With an outdoor kitchen, while you’re providing your guests with food they’re providing you with their company and conversation. Normally that isn’t really a possibility when you’re cooking in your indoor kitchen; you’re too busy bustling about the kitchen to have company in there, and besides, there’s rarely enough space in your kitchen for company to hang out while you’re cooking. No, they’re probably in the living room or dining room, chatting and enjoying an aperitif while you work away.

The Life of the Party Also Happens to Make a Good Burger

With an outdoor kitchen, you’re integrated into the party; everyone is coming up to you, asking for this or that particular bit of food to be cooked in this or that particular manner. Fortunately, grills pretty much take care of themselves, and you won’t have to fret very much over things being cooked in a particular way. Just be sure to keep an eye on the clock, eh?

Yes, with an outdoor kitchen being as large and sturdy as it is, you can be sure that it will last you for some time to come, and be the centerpiece of many of your future parties, gatherings, and summer evenings. Stainless steel grills, powered by gas or charcoal or any other kind of fuel source you think is appropriate, have a way of lasting that most normal indoor kitchen appliances lack. How many ovens and microwaves have you gone through in your time as a cook? Far too many, that’s what. Put those days behind you and step into the sun.

T.M. Loyd is a freelance writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who has been published across the web on topics ranging from landscaping to web security and all points in-between. He is schooled in finance, international relations, literature, consumer issues, and education, among many, many other disciplines.

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