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2017 LPS Magazine Issue 2

Outdoor cooking used to consist of the family barbecue in the backyard but now there is a huge array of options to suit many budgets and cooking styles in all seasons. Alternative methods of outdoor cooking are becoming increasingly popular, including pizza ovens, teppanyaki plates and rotisseries. Pizza ovens The warmth and ambience created by a pizza oven is guaranteed to make your outdoor space a social hub. They can be portable or permanently constructed and both functional and aesthetically appealing. Teppanyaki plates These provide a very easy and versatile method of outdoor cooking and are constructed within an island or a bench. A rangehood can help with extracting steam and cooking smells if the plates are within an outdoor room or enclosed space. Rotisserie A rotisserie can be an attachment for your barbecue or a specialised rotisserie unit which allows self-basting and slow cooking. What better way to get your visitors mouths watering than to see and smell a succulent leg of lamb slow spinning on a rotisserie? back and forth to your kitchen although sufficient distance will help you really embrace the experience of cooking amongst nature. Outdoor cooking has evolved to the extent that with a bit of planning, cooking in the great outdoors can be a year-round activity. Contained outdoor kitchens will provide a functional solution but less extensive options such as partially covering your deck and well placed plantings or walls for shelter will also enable the space to be used comfortably in cooler months. Often the structure containing the cooking feature will lend itself to also having inbuilt drawers and shelving to minimise treks back to the kitchen for forgotten utensils or cooking condiments. Outdoor islands containing your cooker can be constructed from a variety of materials, from granite to concrete or wood and can easily double up as a bar for your guests to lean on or gather around on bar stools. OUTDOOR COOKING HAS EVOLVED TO THE EXTENT THAT WITH A BIT OF PLANNING, COOKING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS CAN BE A YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITY. Location is very important when choosing your method of outdoor cooking. Being closer to your house will provide convenience so your outdoor cooking doesn’t become a workout trudging O U T D O O R C O O K I N G


2017 LPS Magazine Issue 2
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