How Green is Your Grill?
Barbecuing and cooking on the grill is a cuisine tradition of many. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the impacts of your grilling extravaganzas:
- Gas Beats Charcoal: Charcoal grills give off 2 times the amount of carbon dioxide than gas grills. Gas burns cleaner than charcoal, which releases a mixture of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – key ingredients in smog. Gas is also more efficient at cooking your meat and veggie recipes. Not convinced gas is better? Check out this comparison from Huffington Post.
- For the Charcoal Purist: Look for charcoal made with sustainable sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and use a chimney fire starter to heat the coals instead of the more polluting lighter fluid.
- For a Chemical Free Clean: Instead of using chemicals to scrub your grill try natural cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar, or just plain soap and water.