During the dark winter months here in England, everyone dreams of the day the sun will make an appearance and the evenings will get longer. As soon as it happens, out comes the barbecue and everyone makes the most of being able to enjoy a nice meal outdoors. However, a barbecue isn’t the only way to cook your food outside, and in fact might not even be the best or most attractive way.
Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens are becoming more and more popular as garden additions and an alternative way to cook for several reasons, with the benefits far outweighing the drawbacks.
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The first benefit of having one is that it adds an element of interest to your garden. If you decide you’d like one incorporated into your garden project, there are so many different designs and materials that can be used to build one that best suits what you have in mind, be it rustic or contemporary. It can also either be made to create a small area in your garden that is centred around cooking and outdoor food preparation, or it can be turned into the main focus of your garden with decking and seating around it so that everyone can be involved in the cooking too. One of these can be quite a conversation point as it’s not something you come across everyday!
Wood-fired pizza ovens are extremely versatile, despite being traditionally used to cook pizza, and you won’t find many foods you can’t cook on them. Foods such as breads, roasted vegetables and roasted meats will cook beautifully. One drawback is that they take longer to heat up than a conventional oven or barbecue, but once they’re hot enough they will cook food in a fraction of the time. This type of oven reaches much higher temperatures than normal, therefore reducing cooking time and actually retaining more nutritional value in the food itself. An added bonus! They also hold their temperature for long periods of time because of the dome shape of the oven itself, so can act as a sort of chiminea once you’ve finished eating and the sun has set, keeping you warm and cosy.
Anyone who has ever cooked with a wood-fired oven must have noticed a significant taste difference compared to something that’s been cooking in a regular oven. This type of cooking greatly enhances the flavour of food which is partly down to the even distribution of heat, and partly to the wood itself which gives a smoky flavour that you wouldn’t get from any other method of cooking.
And finally, this type of oven also saves energy and money because it doesn’t run on electricity or gas. The energy generated comes solely from the heat of the fire so if you’re looking to lead a slightly greener lifestyle, this is the way forward.
So after reading all of the benefits, will you be investing in a wood-fired oven for your garden?