If you enjoy cooking for family and friends but you want to get more out of your downtime, an outdoor kitchen might just be the thing to get you inspired. You might have shelves and shelves of recipe books from common to exotic but cooking in your kitchen isn’t exactly inspiring. One of the best ways to get your creative cooking juices flowing is to prepare meals in an environment that is enjoyable and different. This is where an outdoor kitchen can make a big difference.
Why an Outdoor Kitchen?
The fact is that the kitchen has undergone tremendous changes in the past century. Where it was once only an area of the home for food preparation and where maids and other help often resided in well-to-do homes, it has now become an area of the home where people relax, gossip, socialize, play, and spend valuable time together. It is no longer the forgotten area of the home where meals were magically prepared. Here are just some of the reasons why cooking outside might just be your thing:
- Sunshine: Perhaps the biggest reason to do more cooking outside is that you also get to spend more time outside enjoying the natural light and the sunshine! Did you know that studies conclude that people in offices are actually happier and more productive when a more natural light is streaming into the office space? Just imagine preparing some of your meals in an outdoor kitchen for your friends and family, enjoying the breeze through your hair and the sunshine as you prepare a gorgeous meal. Just as the workers in sunlit offices, you too could be enjoying the gifts of more sunshine in your life.
- Relax: Cooking in a kitchen, no matter how many modern appliances you have, can sometimes feel overwhelming after a long and tough day at work. This is where an outdoor kitchen can really make a difference. Why not enjoy the benefits of outdoor food preparation and relax after a hard day? Everyone could be talking and laughing around the pool or under the sunshade while the delicious smells of food are wafting throughout the garden. Enjoying the song of the birds as the sun sets has, perhaps, never been quite so enjoyable as it is when you combine it with a good meal and good company.
Practical Ideas for Your Outdoor Kitchen Experience
So, if you have never had an outdoor kitchen before but you want to renovate and spend the time creating one, how should you approach it? Where do you start on your outdoor kitchen journey? The first question you need you to need to ask yourself is this: why do I need an outdoor kitchen? The answer to this varies but the one thing that every person who desires an outdoor kitchen needs to understand is how it will fit in with his or her lifestyle. If you love cooking and want to do something really different, an outdoor kitchen might just work for you. If, on the other hand, you order a pizza each week and cooking isn’t your thing, an outdoor kitchen might not get a whole lot of use! If you know what you want, installing an outdoor kitchen could be as simple as investing in a pizza oven, some chairs, a table, and some good cover. You can prepare the pizzas on a bench flanked by your family and friends and then just bung it in the pizza oven to cook. An outdoor kitchen can really be as simple as that. At the other end of the scale, you might prefer an entire kitchen outside where you can prepare and cook just about anything you want. In this case, invest in proper benches and appliances and make sure that everything is undercover. You could even partially enclose the area to make it cozier. Or how about a fire pit, a BBQ, and a bar? A fire pit is a great way to keep everyone warm on a cooler evening and really provides some ambiance. It’s easy enough to cook on the BBQ and offer drinks at an installed bar. It may not be the same as the kitchen inside your home but it’s a great way to set up an eating area where people can gather and enjoy themselves.
Time to Enjoy Yourself
The fact is that there are plenty of ways to set up an outdoor eating and kitchen area. It can be as simple or as complex as you like, depending on your lifestyle and needs. Just remember to ask yourself why you need it and what kind of eating and kitchen area will suit you.