Top 10 Things to Grill When You Can’t Use Your Kitchen
This is no ordinary list of the top 10 things to grill. With much of Texas losing power in February, it has become more important than ever to be aware of alternate ways that you can cook food and feed your family when traditional modes aren’t available. And when you don’t have electricity or gas, a propane or charcoal smoker grill can be the perfect solution for staying healthy and reducing food waste, with the added benefit that it can keep you and your family warm outdoors.
In this article, we’re delving into why the barbecue grill is your best option for cooking without power, with a look at 10 common foods that are great to grill before they spoil in an outage.
Lost Power? Try Outdoor Cooking
Outdoor cooking with a grill can be a saving grace in the event of a power outage, regardless of the weather outside.
You can cook pretty much anything with a grill, including items that might otherwise go bad in your fridge or freezer. As an added benefit, grills produce ambient heat that can help keep you warm. So while they might not be your first option for staying comfortable on a cold day, they can certainly come in handy in an emergency.
Depending on the size of your grill, you should be able to cook for your entire family at once—and perhaps even the neighbors, too.
The Benefits of Grilling
There are lots of benefits of grilling even beyond its utility in a power outage. Grills provide a healthier cooking option than pan frying and deep frying, relying on heat—instead of oil—to enhance the flavor of your food. As such, you end up producing less fat while you cook, all without having to sacrifice on the overall result.
Grilling is also inherently versatile, and can be used to cook many different types of foods—including some that you might not expect. And if you’ve lost power in your home, it could make the difference between saving food and letting it go to waste.
10 Foods to Grill During a Power Outage
If your power has gone out and you’re not sure when it’s coming back on, then turn to your grill to cook items in your fridge before they can spoil.
The best items to grill during a power outage are foods that will need to be discarded if they aren’t cooked right away. And fortunately, a lot of these items are great for grilling, with high protein contents that can keep your family fed even when circumstances aren’t ideal.
Here are 10 foods that you’ll want to get out of the fridge or freezer and on to the grill:
- Raw or thawing protein products like meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or soy meat substitutes
- Lunch Meats
- Frozen pizza
- Refrigerator biscuits, breads, or cookie dough
- Frozen breakfast items, including waffles, pancakes, and hashbrowns
- Baked goods containing eggs and/or dairy
- Fresh produce
- Pre-made casseroles
Some items can be grilled directly on the grates, while others should be supported by a layer of tin foil. If possible, use certain items as a base for others that are harder to cook—for example, eggs and refrigerator biscuits make an excellent foundation for using up any cheese in your fridge.
Since you likely can’t cook everything at once, make a plan for what you’ll cook when, keeping in mind that you want to open your fridge and freezer as infrequently as possible. Consider transferring food (cooked and uncooked) to a large cooler with ice if the outage is expected to last for more than a day.