One of the best things about owning an outdoor fireplace is the ability to cook delicious meals on it. To make the most of your outdoor fireplace, a few unique cooking tools will come in handy:
- Crane and Dutch oven, which can be useful for cooking stews and soups, or slow-cooking beans. For best results, purchase the crane and Dutch oven together so you can be sure they are compatible.
- Rotisserie, which can allow you to cook whole chickens or leg of lamb until they are browned to perfection
- Pie iron, which is typically made from cast iron and somewhat resembles a press. This tool is perfect for making grilled cheese and Panini sandwiches, in addition to numerous desserts
- Skewers, to make everything from shish kabobs to roasted vegetables
- Kettle popper, in order to make hot delicious popcorn with only a few drops of oil
In addition to these tools, a simple grate like those found on most park grills will enable you to cook directly over an open fire. Choose a grate with supporting legs that elevate it three to four inches to prevent food from burning. While you can use nearly any metal pan on one of these grates, cast iron cookware is preferred because it conducts heat well without becoming too hot. Your skillets will ideally have very long handles to make it easier for you to use them without getting burned.
There’s something about food cooked over an open fire that is appealing to everyone. If you don’t yet have an outdoor fireplace, contact us to find just how easy it is to install one in your own backyard.