The spring is at our doors and the season of outdoor barbecuing, movie nights and family gatherings is about to begin. To that end, make sure you equip your outdoor kitchen with the essential elements so you can enjoy your time to its fullest. In that way, we present to you a list of 7 things that you shouldn’t forget to include in your outdoor kitchen!
Food preparation space
Outdoor kitchens are extremely convenient for so many different occasions. From organizing family meetings and birthday celebrations to throwing parties and spending some great time with your family and friends, outdoor kitchens will be the main factor that will enable these events. Since much of the cooking and food preparation will happen inside the kitchen, it is essential that you have a clean, accessible, and comfortable space so that you can do all these jobs seamlessly. To that end, kitchen countertops are indeed a must-have when it comes to any kind of kitchen, let alone the outdoor ones. With a good countertop, you will be able to freely do plenty of work all by yourself and without much effort. This makes kitchen space crucial for any cooking and food preparation. In that sense, 3 to 4 feet of space should suffice a family of five.
Your outdoor kitchen will be the place of much activity during the spring, and especially summer. It can be the place where you can prepare all three daily meals. It will be especially a busy place when the guests come or if you happen to be celebrating a birthday or throwing a party in your yard. For these reasons, it is important that you always have the essential appliances and tools at your disposal.
However, these kitchen elements require space so it would certainly be a good idea to allocate enough space for all of them. In that way, make sure you get kitchen cabinets where you can safely store much of your kitchen equipment. This will make your kitchen cleaner, and more effective and spacious.
Grilling is one of the favorite activities that can take place in your outdoor living space. What is more, the grill will be the focal part of your outdoor kitchen because you can’t cook almost anything without it, and this makes a grill a thing you should not forget to include in your outdoor kitchen.
Summer cannot pass without plenty of cold sodas, waters, cakes, and fruit salads. For this reason, make sure you get a fridge in your kitchen so that you can safely store beverages and food in it. Similarly, try to get one that also has a freezer so that you can also store ice creams for idyllic summer afternoons!
A memorable outdoor kitchen can hardly be imagined without all these precious barbequing moments spent with your family. There are many different types of BBQ models and types. For instance, there are gas, electric, coal, and many other BBQs. Each can give you a unique barbecue experience and lovely memories. For those who prefer a more traditional way of cooking, coal barbeques are perfect, while for those who prefer a more modern style, gas and electrical ones are better since they have an automatic ignition system and are easier to use. Nevertheless, no matter which one you choose, it will certainly make your kitchen more complete and compact!
Good lighting can give your kitchen the elegance it needs. Not only that, but it can also make it more functional and effective. It will also create a better ambient and dining atmosphere. In this sense, you can add scented candles for long intimate nights spent in the outdoor living area while eating delicious food and watching a movie.
However, be wary of insects that are attracted by light. Given the fact your kitchen is outside, your food has to be constantly protected by nets, cabinets, and other protective measures.
The electrical outlets
Without electrical outlets, there is hardly anything you can do to make your living outdoor area better and more luxurious. For that reason, make sure you install enough outlets so that you can power source at your disposal at any time. They will come in handy when you want to charge your phone or tablet, but more importantly to supply the refrigerator and other electrical appliances in your kitchen. What is more, they will also supply lighting, ventilation, and many more!
Make sure you complete your kitchen with these 7 amazing elements and enjoy the summer season!