April showers bring May flowers and before we know it, summer is here! To make the most of the season, get your outdoor kitchen ready ahead of time. You and your family will be able to enjoy outdoor dining whenever inspiration hits, and prepping now will also make party planning easier later. Memorial Day cookout? Sure, why not! With your outdoor kitchen ready to go, how can you say no?
1. Do A Grill Check
There’s no quicker way to kill a barbeque than discovering your grill is on the fritz. Avoid day-of disaster by checking your grill before you open the doors to your outdoor kitchen. Use the list below as a guide, and always keep an extra tank of propane on hand in case you run out while cooking.
- Scrub last year’s residue off of surfaces. Leaving grates and burners dirty will not only affect the flavor of your food but doing so is also a fire hazard.
- Make sure your propane tank isn’t leaking. Covering the hoses, valves and regulators with a little soapy water before turning your tank on will help you discover any leaks. If gas is escaping, you will see tiny bubbles form where the leak is.
- Test for an even flame. Remove the grates from your grill and turn on the burners. You should be able to notice if it’s flaming unevenly. If so, turn off the burners and let it cool so that you are able to remove any blockage.
2. Stock Kitchen Cabinets
Fill bare shelves and drawers with your outdoor plates, bowls, silverware, and glasses. Having your kitchen cabinets already stocked with dinnerware will make the idea of eating outdoors more inviting. With less hassle, you can kick back and relax any night of the week.
3. Spruce Up The Décor
Update your outdoor kitchen design with some seasonal decorations like potted plants and colorful accessories. Even on a budget you can make a big impact with just a few key pieces. Hit the sale racks and look for outdoor pillows and table linens in bright summery hues — it’s okay to mix and match. For a finishing touch, hang up a few strands of white lights around your deck or in the trees. Voila! Your backyard is now your very own outdoor oasis.
4. Buy A Storage Bench
A storage bench is one of the most useful pieces of furniture you can add to your outdoor kitchen. The extra seating space makes it great when entertaining guests, while the interior storage creates the perfect safe haven for your outdoor pillows and seat cushions.
5. Stock Up On Citronella Candles Or Torches
Don’t let pesky bugs cut time spent outdoors short. Keep citronella candles on hand or invest in refillable citronella torches. The soft lighting will help set the scene around your outdoor kitchen, while the citrus scent helps ward off mosquitoes and other insects. You can also plant mosquito-repelling plants in your garden for added protection.
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