Let the sun shine in!
See our ideas for a better BBQ!
It’s that time of year again, buttered bread rolls, assorted meats and a bowl of salad that’s hardly touched. Nothing says summer quite like a BBQ and this year you can take yours to the next level using our handy science tips.
Keep a lid on it
If you want to eat your food as fast as possible, keep a lid on your BBQ. The sealed BBQ acts a trap for the warm air, bringing it up to temperature sooner, and cooking the food faster.
Beat Fridge Chill
When the sun’s out and there’s hungry guests, it can be tempting to jump the gun with BBQing. Remember to remove your meat from the fridge at least 20 minutes before you intend to start cooking. This will help reduce the chances of burning the outside of your food and leaving the inside raw.
Use a Thermometer
Science is all about precision, it may not be the coolest method, but it certainly produces results. Always keep a thermometer handy when grilling your meat to easily check if the food is ready to not only a safe temperature but the optimum serving temperature.
Clean Your Grill with an Onion
Keep your grill at a high heat once you’ve finished cooking, this will burn away small portion of food stuck to it. After that, attach half of a freshly cut onion to a fork and scrape it across the grill to easily remove food residue.
How to keep your cool this summer
With the hot summer days now in full swing, we’re bringing you some science based tips to help keep you cool while you’re enjoying the sun.
Keeping hydrated is very important in hot weather, but nothing is worse than ruining your favourite beverage with ice that waters it down. Try using some frozen fruit, like a mixture of berries, instead. They’ll keep your drink refreshingly cool and, once you’re done, you’ve got a healthy snack left over.
Warm drinks might be a good way to keep you cool. A warm beverage causes receptors in your mouth and throat to trigger a sweat response, allowing your body to cool down. Active ingredients in spicy foods have the same effect too. That’s why these types of foods are popular in warm climates.
Toothpaste for bites
Hot weather and hungry insects seem to go hand in hand. If you’ve been deemed tasty by our small, winged friends apply toothpaste to the bites. This will both soothe the pain and reduce swelling.
Cool down hot cars
Entering a car that's been left out in the heat can be extremely uncomfortable. One of the main reasons for this is the build-up of hot air that can't escape. A way to disperse this air quickly is to wind down one of the front windows and fan the front car door on the opposite side. This will force the hot air out and allow the cool air to enter.
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