Summer is here once again. The kids are out of school and everyone is ready for lazy days around the pool and playing outdoors. One of the favorite summer pastimes is cooking outside on the grill. Who doesn’t love a good and juicy grilled hamburger or hot dog? So send out the invitations and get ready to have a backyard barbeque grill party with your friends and family. With all of these great items, your summer bash is sure to be a big hit.
Some people say that appearance is everything. Even if you aren’t obsessed with your appearance, it is fun to get dressed up in chef apparel before you start cooking. It makes things more fun and lighthearted, but the items also serve practical uses while you are working at the grill. Start with a bib apron which will protect your clothes from spills and splatters. Oven mitts will protect your hands and arms from burns as you take hot food off of the grill. And of course the look isn’t complete until you don a chef’s hat on your head, which will also keep your hair out of the food. Now everyone will know who to compliment for the fabulous food.
After you get dressed, it’s time to prepare and cook the food. It can be hard to get hamburgers to consistently be the same size and have that perfectly round appearance. A hamburger patty press will mold your burgers into the perfect size and shape every time. If steak is more your style, a meat tenderizer will help make sure your steak is tender and melts in your mouth. Simply hammer the steak to tenderize the meat while your mouth waters in anticipation. Everyone loves grilled kabobs, so choose some metal skewers or bamboo skewers. Kabobs are a great way to be creative because you can create your own unique combinations. Some favorite kabob foods are chicken, shrimp, onions, peppers, and pineapple. When your food needs flipped over, a heat resistant turner is essential. You can also use the turner to remove the food once it is finished cooking. Tongs are also great for taking some items, like kabobs, off the grill.
Once the food is cooked, you will need something to serve it on. A beautiful food presentation helps the meal taste that much better. You will need a collection of serving platters and serving bowls to proudly display the feast. Compartment plates are perfect for serving a variety of times. Some favorites include a vegetable tray, a fruit tray, a cheese platter, and even a chip and dip plate. Unique pieces like this wrap plate or waterfall display riser are a great way to add some style and individuality to your table. Don’t forget about plate covers to protect the food from bugs and dust.
Of course, your guests will need something to eat all of the delicious food off of. Choose plates in bright summer colors like these ocean blue plates or these translucent green bowls. Economy flatware is a better choice than plastic silverware, but is cheap enough that you won’t have to worry about it getting ruined outside. No cookout is complete without homemade ice cream. An ice cream dipper is perfect for dipping the ice cream because it helps keep your hand from getting cold and cuts through ice cream better than a regular spoon. Dip your ice cream into an elegant glass dessert dish or metal ice cream stand.
With all of these items, you’re ready to host your summer cook out. So what are you waiting for? Head on outside and fire up the grill!