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You might think we’ve lost our minds. Or even that it’s impossible. But guess what? You can cook on the griddle in the winter, and it can even be more rewarding than in summer!
Imagine heading out in the snow and warming up with the griddle heat and tasty food. Well, you can get at it with these 7 tips – pull on a jacket and start griddlin’. You won’t regret it!
1. Dress up!
Everybody knows you’ve gotta wear warm clothes in the winter. But when it comes to cooking, you can’t wear too much. Imagine if your scarf fell right on the griddle plate and scorched into an oily mess? Or you couldn’t move your arms because your jacket is too puffy?
We can’t have any of that, so dress up but don’t overdo it. The goal is to not freeze but still be able to cook like a pro.
Pro tip: wear fingerless gloves and a trekking suit – you’ll be able to move around easily!
2. Have extra fuel
Did you know that in the winter your propane tank can use 50% more gas? That means it might run out during your cooking!
So before you even start your snowy adventure, check if the propane tank’s got enough fuel. A spare tank is always handy if you can grab one closeby.
And if you use a small griddle, it’s a good idea to swap out the small tank to a bulk one. All you need is our hose to make the switch.
3. Clear out the snow!
Now to avoid any slip-ups, clear out the area close to the griddle with a shovel. Throw on some salt to make sure it melts. You want a snow-free walkway from your griddle to your home, so you don’t have an accident!
And if you feel the area’s still slippery, it might sound crazy – but you can use cat litter. The grains increase traction and guarantee nobody falls to the ground.
Pro tip: Need a cover to protect your griddle from the harsh weather? Don’t worry, we’ve got you and your griddle covered.
4. Use your house as cover!
Problems with the ice-cold wind in your town? Prop up your griddle onto the wall of your “home sweet home” and say goodbye to the harsh breeze!
And if you can’t prop up to the wall, the surround table accessory blocks off the wind and even gives you extra space for your tools and ingredients. You won’t need to worry about keeping the griddle lit.
5. Cook with bite-size ingredients
It’s freezing cold, and the griddle is heating up the air. Think now’s the time to cook a whole brisket? No! You gotta be smart – cut your food up into bite-sized pieces.
The smaller the chunks, the quicker it cooks. So dice up your meat and veggies into small sizzling bites with our spatulas and dicers.
Pro tip: cut up the ingredients inside on a cutting board while you wait for the griddle to heat up. You’ll spend less time waiting and more time griddling up a hot meal in the snow!
6. Use ceramic cookware or tinfoil
Grab some ceramic cookware from the kitchen to keep your food warm. As soon as the food’s been cooked, throw it into the ceramic to insulate it from the harsh weather.
And hey, if you don’t have any ceramic in your house, just use tin foil. Wrap up the meat and veggies to lock in the heat and juices. And if that’s not enough heat for ya, add a cloth to make sure the snow doesn’t bite on your meal.
Then, all you have to do is turn off the griddle and head back indoors to eat (Or you can stay outside if you like an ice-chilled challenge)!
7. Try out some winter BBQ recipes
Don’t know what’s best to cook in the winter? Start with recipes that cook up fast. We handpicked a few ingredients that will heat up your whole family with the least amount of effort.
Try these on your griddle during the cold season to cook something warm and delicious in a flash:
- Pre-cooked pasta dishes
Then you can mix and match! How about bacon with your pasta dish? Or you could griddle chicken for quesadillas. Or even some sizzling onions and peppers for fajitas. As long as it cooks fast, you’re in the clear for great outdoor winter cooking! Warm up and start griddling!
Throw on some cheese slices on your meal and then a handful of snow. Then, use the basting cover to melt it all up to savory goodness! Don’t forget to clean your griddle and cover it up after cooking!
And if you still don’t believe griddlin’ in the snow is possible, watch our expert Todd Toven cook up delicious Alaskan burgers in freezing 18°F temperature! If he was crazy enough to do it, why don’t you “Give it a Try”?