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BACKYARD BARBECUES

25 Oct 2020

The weather has started to cool off and soon barbecues will be the order of the day. It is the right time of the year to start planning your next barbecue party. Barbecue evenings with the family in your backyard is a good way to enhance your bonding among all members.

Supermarkets in Oman are teeming with all you need for a perfect barbecue evening. From charcoal barbecue furnaces with built in fans to torchlights for your lawn, besides a range of accessories and fuel, everything is available uner one roof. Here are some tips to successfully organise your backyard barbecue:

Use compostable tableware

Nothing makes clean-up easier and more convenient than using disposable tableware for your outdoor barbecue because no one wants to deal with a big mess after dessert. New disposable tableware available in supermarkets are made of compostable materials, not foam or plastic, and are ideal for barbecue parties. You get a variety of heavy duty plates, bowls, trays, hot cups, cutlery and straws made from plant-based materials, so they’re 100% compostable in commercial facilities.

The plates, bowls and trays are also microwave safe – and sturdy enough to handle generous servings of barbecue, salads and sides without buckling. There are even hot cups for serving hot beverages, besides disposable cutlery and straws, too.

Opt for washable table linens

Using machine washable tablecloths or runners, along with reusable cloth napkins, keeps these items out of your trash and saves you money. Outdoor eating can be messy, so find bright, colourful linens with fun patterns that won’t show every little spill or stain.

Get creative with your menu and presentation. Serve a colourful fruit salad in a hollowed out melon like cantaloupe or pineapple. 

Deter pests safely

To keep mosquitoes and other pesky insects away from your family while enjoying the outdoors, look for non-toxic solutions. Use products containing natural bug repellents like citronella oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, rose geranium oil, rosemary extract and peppermint oil – or make your own spray using these oils.

Create signage for cleanup

Set up trash cans or boxes outside with clear labels to keep recyclable items separate from trash, so everyone in the family knows where to discard each item when the BBQ is over. Cleanup was never this simple – or good for the earth.

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