Tips to Get the Most out of your Garden BBQ This Summer

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A BBQ is a great thing and depending on what part of the world you live in, something that's often a too seldom cherished occasion. However, how do you ensure that your BBQ is going to be ace each and every time – well here are some great tips. 

Keep Foods Fresh 

Keep the refrigerator below 5 degrees to help your foods stay fresher longer. 

When lemons are close to their prime, add a touch of sugar and some sparkling water to them to create your very own signature lemonade. You could also store sliced lemons in your freezer and add them to drinks in lieu of ice cubes.

Strawberries, grapes, blueberries and some herbs like mint are all ideal for freezing in ice cube trays and adding to drinks in lieu of ice cubes. 

Foods that are kept outside of the refrigerator can be kept cool and fresh in a box or in a bag. 

Add your salad leaves to a bowl with ice to rev things up and crisp them. This will help to retain the freshness.

Perfectly Portioned 

Not sure how many side dishes to prepare for your next BBQ? Keep this handy "Party Portion Planner" nearby and you'll never have to guesstimate again. 

Money Saving Ideas: 

Use these hot tips to spice things up. 

A lot of us are spending £35 on drinks and food at the BBQs that we have. These tips will help you to utilize things that you may already have on hand and keep your costs down. 

Veggies that are near their prime can be brushed with a coating of olive oil and chargrilled until they are just soft. A few ideas are courgettes, peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, and squashes.

Need more food? Simply add in some dried noodles, pasta or couscous to any side salad for more servings. 

Extra veggies? No problem. Simply slice them into finger sized servings and add some dip on the side.

Herbs that are close to prime are ideal for adding to olive oil and used in a marinade. Consider adding these for fish, prawns, chicken or beef. 

How about some fish on the Barbie? If you have fish in your freezer simply wrap it up in some tin foil and throw it on the Barbie. Voila! You've just increased your food options.

Make your own bread – all you need is good quality flour, water, salt, yeast and either man power or a good quality stand mixer. 

Bread that is turning stale makes ideal croutons. Simply slice into cubes and toss with some butter and herbs and gently toast them in a cast iron skillet. 

Make ice pops for the little ones. Use a variety of fruit juices, yogurt or even smoothies. This is a great way to use up leftover juices. 

After The Sun Sets 

Don't toss those leftovers! Use these suggestions to keep those leftovers fresher longer. 

Wrap leftover meats well and store in the refrigerator. You can store it for up to 2 days. Not going to need it within 2 days? No problem, simply store it in the freezer for later. 

Toast stale buns or turn them into breadcrumbs or croutons. They freeze well and will thaw quickly when needed.

Leftover potatoes make ideal potato salads. Add in your favorite additions and you've got an instant treat. 

If they weather decides to rain on your BBQ, don't stress, simply freeze things and pop them out after the storms pass and you'll be able to have a lovely party at a later date when the weather cooperates.

These tips will help you to have a wonderful BBQ.


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