Outdoor Kitchen "Must Haves"
5 ‘Must Haves’ for your Outdoor Kitchen Your outdoor kitchen is an extension of your home, and if you are entertaining guests regularly, it is often the main point of reference people will have about the quality of your home. It will directly affect both their experience and yours.Bearing that in mind, it’s important to get it right.The outdoor cooking and dining experience is no longer limited to a simple barbeque and a few plastic chairs – things have evolved way past that. So here are a few key items that your outdoor kitchen simply shouldn’t be without. Built in Gas Grill It may seem obvious to say, but the grill is the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen. Consider how many people you will be cooking for, and make sure there is enough room to cook everything at the same time, allowing you to serve the food when it is all still hot.If you usually entertain large groups, then look for a 36-inch or larger gas grill. Plenty of Counter Space Ensure you have sufficient counter space next to your grill. You will need a place to prepare and serve food, so take both into consideration. Creating counter space on both sides of the grill will allow you to prepare one side and serve the other.Also remember to weatherproof your counter. It will be outside in all elements and you don’t want it to degrade. Refrigerator Installing a refrigerator under the counter will allow you a great deal of flexibility when preparing meals. There’s nothing worse than going back inside the house every few minutes to grab vegetables and ingredients, so keeping them ‘on hand’ is a must.You can also store beverages and temperature-sensitive snacks for your guests to grab at their convenience. Power Aside from the gas grill, your entire kitchen will be running on electricity. Think about where the power will come from for your refrigerator, blender, juicer and even stereo. Install conveniently-placed power outlets around your kitchen and avoid using dangerous extension cords. Shade and Seating Finally, give consideration to your guests’ comfort by having comfortable seating and the option for shade if needed. Whether you install a permanent roof or a pullout canopy, your guests will thank you on those hot summer afternoons.