26 Jun Eco-friendly Grilling: How to Make your Grilling Greener
Summer is here and there’s nothing more fun than firing up the grill with your friends and family! For a healthier and more earth-friendly experience, try making your grilling more green by making a few changes to the way you grill and the kinds of products you buy. Try out these tips and suggestions to make your outdoor cooking more eco-friendly.
Choose clean grilling methods: avoid petroleum-based lighter fluids and self-lighting charcoal. These release petrochemicals into the atmosphere. Instead, try using a charcoal chimney, an electric charcoal starter, or natural lighter fluids to get your flame going.
Charcoal may give your burgers that traditional bbq taste, but the burning of the briquettes releases carbon monoxide into the environment. If you do use coal, choose all-natural lump varieties, which eliminate the additives contained in briquettes. Also, try using a Gas grill. Gas grills are much more energy efficient than charcoal grills and produce fewer pollutants.
Reduce preheat times: Most gas grills are ready to cook in 5 to 10 minutes. Charcoal takes 15 to 20 minutes to be ready for cooking. Plan your cooking time to correlate to when your grill is ready and don’t leave your grill burning any longer than you need to. This will reduce waste and prevent additional chemicals from getting into the atmosphere.
Use green products to clean your grill: Most name-brand grill cleaners are loaded with harmful and toxic substances. Try cleaning your grill before and after with half of a white onion. You’ll need a long grilling fork to prevent burning your hands in the process. While keeping the grill hot, use the grilling fork to rub the onion along the grills, removing dirt and food debris. For deeper cleaning, you can brush on a mixture of baking soda with a few drops of natural dish soap, and rinse it off with water.
Use natural pest control methods: No one wants flies buzzing around their food, ants making off with the fruit or mosquitoes biting their guests. Instead of buying bug sprays and insect repellents that are full of toxic chemicals, try natural methods to ward off bugs. Growing insect-repelling plants, like mint, marigolds, sage, and rosemary will help keep ants and other pests away. You can also place a bit of sage or rosemary on the grill to produce mosquito-repelling smoke.
Avoid waste: Don’t use disposable dishes and utensils for your next cookout. A few extra minutes washing dishes is better than having plastic plates and forks piling up in the garbage. If the event you’re having is so big that using your own kitchen plates is not an option, be sure to serve your guests with biodegradable plates and utensils.
Whether you’re firing up the grill this summer for your classic burgers, saucy ribs or healthy veggie burgers, take the time to prepare a greener and more eco-friendly grilling experience. Enjoy delicious food with your friends and family while giving back to our planet.