Keep Cooking Casual by Throwing a Barbecue
Throwing a barbecue is an informal way to enjoy the company of friends or family members or to get to know the neighbours. It’s a casual affair, although it can take a lot of preparation, as you can buy barbecue packs of food from the supermarkets or local butcher or create your own special marinades.
There’s something special about eating food from the barbecue as it takes on a unique flavour. The joys of alfresco dining are also unbeatable, especially during a lovely summer’s day. It’s a casual affair, so you can sit where you like and talk to whom you like. You can pick at the food throughout the afternoon or evening while enjoying good company. Meats are high in iron however if the weather isn’t up for a bbq or you’ve chosen to avoid meat in your diet, spinach or lentils are a good source of iron, that or if you don’t like the taste you could try taking a daily iron supplement to help with your general well being that are available from places like blueiron.co.uk
Barbecues can range from simple affairs with a few sausages and burgers accompanied by a couple of sauces and a salad to mighty affairs with marinated steaks, ribs, spatchcock chickens, lobster or salmon. Fish is also easy to cook on a barbecue, from simple sardines, which are packed with flavour but relatively cheap, to lovely fish kebabs.
Tips for Enjoying a Safe Barbecue
You’ll need to work out your cooking order, as some types of meat and fish will take longer than others. You’ll also need to think about veggie burgers or sausages or vegetable kebabs for non-meat eaters.
The NHS says you should not put raw meat next to cooked or partially cooked food on the barbecue and keep raw meat in a sealed container away from other foods such as salads.
Other things to bear in mind are to make sure the barbecue is hot enough before you start and make sure the meat or fish is cooked properly. You also shouldn’t leave food out in direct sunlight or for more than two hours, according to BBC Good Food.
Keep Utensils Close to Hand
BBC Good Food also advises that for raw food and food which is ready to eat you will need to use different BBQ utensils. You’ll need to keep a few utensils close to hand while you’re cooking such as spatulas, BBQ forks and a basting cup with brush.
aDon’t forget to have a range of sauces, either shop-bought or home-made, some dips, bread and salad to accompany your tasty barbecue.