Creating home made food for your BBQ enables you to have the peace of mind that goes along with having complete control over the type and quality of ingredients in your meals and the degree of cleanliness that goes into their preparation. You also control the taste.
There are so many products that you can buy for your BBQ, like sauces, rubs, marinades, all of which contain additives and preservatives. However, home made food for your BBQ with fresh ingredients is so much healthier and just as tasty, if not more so..
Here, I’m going to illustrate two BBQ favourites. Homemade coleslaw and mayonnaise.
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A Word About Additives and Preservatives
Preparing meals at home allows you to easily accommodate family members or guests who have allergies or food intolerances, some of which, such as peanut and shellfish allergies, can lead to life-threatening emergencies. Others can actually affect behaviour. A mature ex- head mistress once explained. “Before the early ‘70’s children were generally well behaved and controllable. But, after the introduction of mass processed foods (remember the dreaded “E” numbers), many became quite impossible.” We don’t see “E” numbers any more as the food industry now blind us with science by using their real names. Look at these examples:
– Monosodium glutamate (MSG) for enhancing flavour
– Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharine, and sodium cyclamate
– Preservatives in oily or fatty foods such as sodium benzoate
– Preservatives in fruit juices such as benzoic acid
– Sulfites for stopping fermentation in packaged vegetables
– Nitrates and nitrites in sausages and other meat products for colour retention
– Food stabilisers and emulsifiers such as lecithin, gelatins, corn starch, waxes, gums, and propylene glycol
– Colouring agents such as annatto, cochineal, and betanin
– Anti-foaming agents for reducing the formation of foam in the industrial process of liquids
Commercially prepared foods are notoriously high in fat, salt and sugar. Preparing most of your meals at home helps train your palate toward healthier fare. Your creative cooking skills are bound to improve considerably as you learn enjoyable ways to cook with flavourful and healthy ingredients.