Having an outdoor kitchen is quite a unique thing to have. But surely, it’s not something that you can easily maintain—especially with all the outdoor factors to consider. In the Philippines, kitchen appliances are usually made for indoor storage and use—seldom will you see them designed for outdoor applications.
With that being said, there are such products, and although they’re made for the outdoors, you most certainly have to be on top of keeping them in tip-top shape. Here’s a short guide on how you can keep your outdoor kitchen clean and usable!
Seal the Countertop
In most kitchens, indoor or outdoor, granite is the most used material for countertops. It looks great and is said to withstand a lot of heat, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need any kind of protection. Granite tiles need protection from light, particularly ultraviolet light.
Regularly Clean Kitchen Appliance Surfaces
Every one of your cooking appliances needs to be as clean as possible because that’s where you cook your food! Missing even just a small portion of it might lead to contaminated food—that’s something you definitely want to avoid!
Don’t assume that because your kitchen appliances are expensive that they’re impervious to becoming dirty. Make sure that you clean the all of your appliances before and after you use them. A quick tip would be to cover them up when you don’t plan on using them for long! It can make cleaning up before your next cooking session way easier!
Clean the Grill Regularly
The grill is probably the most important part of your outdoor kitchen. Without it, it’ll just be a normal kitchen on the outside of your house. Make sure that you clean and cover the grill every after you use them.
Covering the grill every after use protects it from being damaged by the weather. Keep in mind again that the cost of the grill doesn’t really mean a lot! Even the most corrosion-resistant grills aren’t invulnerable to rust!
Store Cooking Materials Safely
Unlike kitchen appliances in the Philippines, your cooking materials and utensils such as pans, bowls, spatulas, and the likes should be kept in a place where it’s not in the mercy of the weather and other external factors.
You can use storage cabinets under your outdoor countertops or just keep the things in your indoor kitchen. Just always remember to place them somewhere clean and reachable.
Be Careful of Stainless-Steel Appliances
Stainless steel looks good and is perfect hardware for outdoor applications. They’re corrosion-resistant and very durable! That being said, they’re not indestructible so you shouldn’t be cutting directly on the surface. Nor should you place hot pans directly on the steel!
When cleaning them, a simple rinse with soapy water will be enough! Stay away from chemical cleaners and steel wools as they can damage stainless steel surfaces. Other than that all the normal ways of cleaning apply!
Having an outdoor kitchen is a luxury in the Philippines. But that also means a little bit of extra maintenance work, especially if the weather and the environment are not really in your favor. Be sure to always remember to keep things clean and orderly so that your next barbeque party will go off without a hitch!