While your holiday feasts and celebrations may be smaller this year with only your immediate family around, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t prepare your outdoor kitchen for a feast that will still be memorable, especially in this unprecedented times. So here are 5 steps to prepare your outdoor kitchen just in time for holiday cooking!
- Check your utility lines.
There’s nothing more annoying than having your stove or sink not working properly right in the middle of a big cookout. So, before you crank your outdoor stove, oven or grill to high heat, make sure your gas lines are working properly. Also check your water pipes for leaks. If you’re not sure what to look for, you might want to ask your contractor for tips or have them show up for a quick checkup.
- Test your outdoor lighting.
If you think your celebrations will last well into the night, test your outdoor kitchen task lights and see whether it gives the right amount of lighting to let you work on your ingredients and aid you in cooking.
- Crossmatch your menu with your cooking and dinnerware inventory.
If you already have an idea of what you will be cooking for the holidays, ensure you have the right kitchen tools and dinnerware stocked in your outdoor kitchen storage. From tongs for grills to serving plates and cooking knives and cutlery, it’s always easier and better to cook with every tool you need at arms’ length away.
- Prepare for the weather.
Be it a light drizzle, some snowfall, or a strong breeze, make sure nothing gets in your way of cooking and feasting during the holidays. Aside from the heat from your stove or grills, it’s best if you have your fire pit going as a source of warmth. Position your canopy or awning for immediate protection in case of rain or snow.
- Give each family member a task.
This makes everyone look forward to the day with a purpose and goal in mind. It makes everyone part of not only the holiday feast but also preparing.