The long summer evenings encourage us to spend them outdoors. If you have a garden, you can also enjoy barbecues with family and friends. Get ready early!
Did you clean the grill in the autumn?
Do you also find that the first time you barbecue – which is usually in May or June – you pull a dirty grill out of the cellar with the remains of last autumn’s garden party still on it? Plans go awry and everything is delayed by at least an hour for a last-minute wash.
You can avoid that this year by preparing early. And you can wash the grill more carefully. It largely depends on what type of grill you use. However, you should clean the grill grate or the grill stone on all of them. This is where the burnt fat, and sometimes even meat, vegetable and cheese residues, can get stuck.
Clean coarse dirt with a rough brush first, then wash off dirt and soot with water. The fat is then removed with degreaser. You should also wash and degrease other parts of the grill – the lid, control buttons, etc.
If necessary, it may be advisable to grease the wheels. Tighten all screws as well. In short, check the whole grill to make sure that it doesn’t break down unexpectedly in the summer when the grill is hot.
For gas grills, it may be advisable to get a new gas bomb when the season begins.
Give your garden furniture a new look
If you have wooden garden furniture, it’’s a good idea to repaint it every spring. Scrape off the old one, then wash the furniture and leave it to dry. Afterwards, treat the furniture with one or two coats, depending on your preference. The most commonly used exterior varnish protects the wood, but at the same time the natural texture of the wood is not disturbed to the touch as in the case of varnishing. However, for some types of wood you will need to purchase a special oil that is specifically designed to protect it.
Treat metal elements only if they are visibly rusting and the paint is peeling off. Again, a completely new coat of paint is the best solution. Be sure to grease the joints. Wash the artificial furniture thoroughly with a damp cloth.
In addition to tending to the wooden and plastic parts, clean or replace also the padding on the garden furniture.
There’s no barbecue without home-grown herbs
Garden barbecues means also genuine cooking. Don’t settle for meat that you buy already marinated. Enjoy the entire preparation process to the fullest. Buy only the basic ingredients and do the rest yourself.
Fresh herbs will certainly come in handy, and they are a must when barbecuing. In early spring, you can sow the herbs indoors on the windowsill and let them sprout. You can then plant the grown herbs in a flower bed or in pots when it starts to warm up outside.
What herbs to get? The basics are basil, thyme, and rosemary. Sage, dill, oregano, or parsley also taste great.