As the leaves turn and the air begins to chill, we’re reminded to prepare for the coming transitions. So whether you’re ahead of the game and have already readied your home for the colder months or just starting, now is the perfect time to get your outdoor kitchen prepared for the winter season.
To winterize an outdoor kitchen, all appliances, equipment, and surfaces must be attended to. Here are a few crucial steps that will help you keep your outdoor kitchen in good shape.
Shut Off Water Lines
Locate and shut off all the water lines connecting outdoor kitchens to indoor plumbing. Use the indoor shutoff, so you don’t have any water in the lines running outside.
Clean Out The Refrigerator
Switch off the power to the refrigerator and unplug it. Remove all food items from the refrigerator and clean it entirely with mild soap and water. Next, remove the front grill (the toe plate) and vacuum underneath it to remove loose dirt and debris. After you’ve cleaned underneath the refrigerator, put the front grill back on. Don’t cover the refrigerator for the winter because moisture can accumulate under the cover and damage it.
Clean Your Grill
The grill is often the pride and joy of an outdoor kitchen. To make sure that your summer barbecues go off without a hitch, you must winterize your grill! It’s a good idea to do maintenance on your outdoor grill at the end of the summer. If you don’t plan on using your grill or side burner this winter, go ahead and turn off the gas supply line to these.
Clean your grill thoroughly. That means scrubbing the inside so that there is no food or grease residue left behind. Don’t forget to clean the outside, too, as grease on the sides of your grill can lead to rust. To remove grease that’s difficult to scrub off, you can use a degreaser. Next, polish the grill with stainless steel polish, and remove the grates, and clean underneath.
To season your cooking surfaces, take the time to wipe vegetable oil over them to not rust. Anything in your kitchen that is cast iron should be seasoned like this as well. Next, place a grill cover over your grill. Make sure it is designed for your grill and doesn’t allow moisture to escape. If your grill is a natural gas grill, turn off your gas line. You likely won’t need to use your grill, and it will be much safer.
Care For Cabinets and Countertops
Finally, stainless steel outdoor cabinets and outdoor countertops will do better with a polish during the winter before the freezing temperatures set in. Our cabinets are designed for durability and functionality while providing clean, dry storage throughout the winter months. Just be sure to remove all liquids from the cabinets and drawers so that they don’t freeze. It’s also an excellent time to clean out the stainless steel cabinets before winter arrives and throw out anything expired or no longer needed.
Follow these tips to keep your outdoor kitchen protected all winter season and start planning that first spring BBQ.