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Urban Foraging


A growing movement toward wild-harvested food has no trouble seeing the forest for the trees. “Production right now is relatively minor, but in two or three years we’re going to start seeing our first flush of fruit,” remarks Kenton Zerbin, permaculture teacher and consultant. Zerbin is referring to the St. Albert Community Food Forest, the …Read More
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A growing movement toward wild-harvested food has no trouble seeing the forest for the trees.

“Production right now is relatively minor, but in two or three years we’re going to start seeing our first flush of fruit,” remarks Kenton Zerbin, permaculture teacher and consultant. Zerbin is referring to the St. Albert Community Food Forest, the first of its kind in town.

Together with local urban agriculture enthusiasts, Zerbin designed this site using permaculture techniques, an approach to growing food that mimics the design of natural ecosystems for self-sufficiency. He estimates that in five-to-seven years the forest will reach its capacity, offering a safe nutritious source of edibles such as plums, red currants, gooseberries, haskap berries, saskatoons, comfrey, and more. And lots of it—free for whoever wants it.

Ripe for the Picking

Food forestry and permaculture might be unfamiliar concepts to many, but they’re part of a growing realization that cities are chock full of potential when it comes to food. It’s literally all around us—in city parks, in the woods, alongside rivers and roadways. Numerous books detail the variety of edible fruit, plant, and mushroom species available in Central Alberta—much of it on public land, available to anyone with a bucket and a little know-how.

The appeal of urban foraging is understandable, as any trip to the grocery store will uncover. Healthy food ain’t cheap. In 2013, the Edmonton Community Foundation reported that food costs had risen by more than double the overall inflation rate over the past 10 years. Food prices are notoriously volatile—in 2018 the Edmonton Food Bank distributed more than $22,000,000 worth of food. 

A World of Foraging Possibilities

On paper, it seems there’s little stopping us from getting out there and taking advantage of the cornucopia of produce growing wild all around us, but obstacles exist. The first is knowing where to look. Cue the Internet, where maps have been popping up pinpointing precise locations of fruit trees and other edible plants around the world. 

The biggest roadblock, however, is probably time and energy. Supermarket produce might be pricer, but it’s easy, and this is the likely cause of why so much backyard fruit goes to waste. Considering that an average apple tree can produce more than 100 kg of apples in a year, for some households even a single tree can be too much. And when you consider how many trees a city may have, both public and private, this adds up to a staggering amount of food that’s, unfortunately, for the birds.

Locally, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) musters volunteers to harvest backyard trees of homeowners unable to use their fruit. The haul from each pick is divvied up, with roughly a quarter each going to the homeowner, the volunteers, OFRE, and a charity such as the Food Bank or Hope Mission.

Reshaping Cities and Attitudes

In Edmonton, a food forest has sprung up in the MacKinnon Ravine, just west of downtown. The MacKinnon Food Forest began in 2014 as part of Root for Trees, an initiative by the City to plant trees, with a minimum target of 16,000 a year in order to increase Edmonton’s canopy cover from 10 to 20 percent.

The MacKinnon Food Forest bears highbush cranberries, currants, beaked hazelnuts, saskatoons, chokecherries, pin cherries, raspberries, elderberries, and strawberries. All are native plants, as designer Dustin Bajer points out.

“That was one of the ways we were able to do something like this,” Bajer says. “I don’t think the City would’ve been onboard had it been non-native species.”

Building a Food Forest 101

Permaculture aims to re-create ecosystems that not only produce food, but are also self-sustaining. Fortunately, Mother Nature gives us a pretty good model to riff on. Forests are made up of layers, from the canopy and understory to the ground cover and roots—and each has a function.

Canopies provide shade and protection so lower plants can thrive; meanwhile, perennials in the herbaceous layer die each year, feeding essential nutrients back into the soil. It’s this interplay between layers that makes a forest more than the sum of its parts, and it’s an incredibly efficient and resilient system that sustains many species of plants and animals in a small area.

As such, a good food forest design optimizes available sunlight, water, and soil through the careful arrangement of elements. Beyond that, the forest is more or less left to its own devices. 

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Exploring our night skies


Look up—way up—at Mother Nature’s time machine It’s crazy to think that all those stars we see on a clear night could already be gone. That’s why stargazing is like witnessing time travel in its simplest form. This Einsteinian fact has everything to do with the distance that light has to travel to get to …Read More
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Look up—way up—at Mother Nature’s time machine

It’s crazy to think that all those stars we see on a clear night could already be gone. That’s why stargazing is like witnessing time travel in its simplest form. This Einsteinian fact has everything to do with the distance that light has to travel to get to us. Witnessing this blast from the past, however, is hindered by the presence of light pollution, which makes all but the brightest stars invisible. Fortunately, areas of land across the world are being set aside where the only light to be seen is from the sky above you. So, getting out of the city to take in the full glory of a cloudless night is easy—all you need is time, a few astronomy basics, plus a blanket to keep you warm. Take a look.

Stargazing and city living may seem an unlikely mix, but being limited to the stars that are visible in urban areas can help you pick out the brighter ones with just a pair of binoculars. You can also invest in one of three basic types of telescopes: a refractor that uses lenses, a reflector that uses mirrors or a catadioptric that uses lenses and mirrors. Remember, however, that moonlight can hinder good sky viewing. Also, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day because it constantly shifts about 13 degrees towards the east. Keep this in mind to minimize moonlight interference when you set up your telescope or point your binoculars towards the heavens.

Stargazing really doesn’t require more than a healthy dose of wonder and a few astronomy basics. Books and websites are also great resources to help you locate constellations, planets, galaxies or even the International Space Station. NASA’s website is always a wealth of information, and the RASC’s has a list of Canadian star parties to attend, as well as links to all the DSP sites across Canada. Don’t forget about Edmonton Telus World of Science. Its website lists classes and upcoming events.

So whether you are new to stargazing or were born with a telescope in your hands, looking up at a star that twinkles back at you is always awe-inspiring—especially when that star’s light took tens-of-thousands of years to reach Earth.

Dark-Sky Preserves

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) describes dark-sky preserves (DSP) as land found in or around parks that have a reduction or elimination of artificial light. Besides being a great place to view the night sky, DSPs also help nocturnal animals, plants and humans keep to their normal Circadian rhythms.

Beaver Hills Dark-Sky Preserve, Alberta

Location: Elk Island National Park, including Cooking-Lake Blackfoot Provincial Area

Size: 293 square km

RASC designation: Received DSP status 

September 2006, on Elk Island’s 100th Anniversary

Astronomy in the park: The Edmonton RASC has been visiting this preserve for over 20 years. It holds public astronomy programs, but also raises awareness about the damaging effects that light pollution has on the environment.

Jasper National Park Dark-Sky Preserve, Alberta

Locations: Marmot Meadows, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper House and Pyramid Island

Size: 11,228 square km

RASC designation: Received DSP status March 2011

Astronomy in the park: October is Dark Sky Month in Jasper and is celebrated with a Dark-Sky Festival. This year’s event runs October 16-25.

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Food on a Stick


Sticking Around Try these unique recipes for the ultimate backyard skewering party! For an outdoor gathering with a difference, there’s nothing like a wonder wand to serve all those delectables. Puzzled? Well, think finger food, beef, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and sweets−all served on a stick. Get your friends and family talking and eventually eating all …Read More
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Sticking Around

Try these unique recipes for the ultimate backyard skewering party!

For an outdoor gathering with a difference, there’s nothing like a wonder wand to serve all those delectables. Puzzled? Well, think finger food, beef, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and sweets−all served on a stick. Get your friends and family talking and eventually eating all you can eat on a skewer once the grilling’s done. Also try rice, lettuce cups and other fresh seasonal veggies and your guests are guaranteed to stick around!

Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms

Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms

These mushrooms are delicious with any cooked grain, but would also be yum on a bun, burger style.

14 portobello mushrooms

½ c. Balsamic vinegar

¼ c. soy sauce

3 tbsp. honey

½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

½ tsp. black pepper

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and use a spoon to scrape out the gills. In a bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, honey, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. Whisk all the 

ingredients together.

In a glass casserole dish, place the mushrooms cup side up. Drizzle the marinade overtop, cover and let the marinade soak in for 30-45 minutes.

Heat grill to medium-high. 

Skewer the mushrooms (any kind of skewer will work, wood, stainless steel) and make sure the skewer goes through the meatier portion of the mushroom. Two mushrooms will fit on a skewer but doing them one at a time works, too.

Place the skewers on the grill with the mushroom cup up to hold any extra marinade. Grill for two to five minutes per side until brown grill marks are present. Serve warm and enjoy!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Skewers with Pineapple and Pepper

This is a great sweet, tangy recipe. Perfect for a warm night of grilling.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” chunks

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

⅓ c. tomato purée

3 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil

¼ c. julienned green onions

1 red pepper chopped to 

1 ½” chunks

½ pineapple, also chopped into 

1 ½” chunks

In a saucepan, warm the vegetable oil over medium heat. Stir in tomato purée, rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for eight to 10 minutes until the sauce is visibly thicker.

Season the chicken breasts with vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Also season with chopped pepper and pineapple with salt. Skewer all three items in an alternating pattern, chicken, pepper, pineapple. Leave a space in between each chunk.

Place skewers on a greased grill over medium heat. Brush half of the sweet and sour sauce over the skewers, grill, turn over once. Brush the other side with the sauce. Serve with rice or inside a yummy pita pocket!

Skewered Shrimp with Lemon and Coconut

Grilled shrimp is a great alternative to friends and family who prefer seafood over chicken and beef. The bright, citrus hit of the lemon juice combined with shredded coconut make a great cocktail snack or a meal. Just add rice and some slivered snow peas and the party is on!

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint

⅓ shredded coconut

¼ c. olive oil

¼ c. soy sauce

1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined skewers

Combine the red pepper flakes, lemon zest and juice, cilantro, mint, olive oil and soy sauce in a food processor. Combine until the mixture is smooth. In a large bowl, toss together the shrimp and the marinade. Cover and set aside for two to three hours.

Preheat the grill to a medium-high heat. Thread the shrimp onto the individual skewers. Cook the skewers until they are browned on both sides and the meat is cooked. This takes approximately 4-6 minutes per side. Serve hot off the grill or alongside rice and slivered snow peas!

Beef Bulgogi Skewers

This delicious beef dish has its origins deeply rooted in Korean cuisine. Thinly sliced beef paired with a tangy marinade are traditionally served alongside rice or popped into a lettuce leaf for a crispy wrap-like meal. Ribeye, sirloin and brisket all work great in this recipe; just remember the key is very thinly cut strips of beef. Think razor thin! 

3 sirloin steaks, thinly sliced, 

1/8” thin approximately

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. rice vinegar combined with 1 tsp. white sugar or use mirin

3 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. grated, fresh ginger

juice of 1 lemon

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. sesame oil

Pop the steak into the freezer for 30-45 minutes; this will make cutting the steak into thin slices much easier. While the steak is firming up, put together the marinade. Combine the soy sauce, sugars, vinegar, ginger, lemon juice, pepper flakes and sesame oil in a food processor or the container for a hand blender. Whiz up until smooth and pour into a large bowl.

Working with one steak at a time, leave the remaining steaks in the freezer, thinly slice the beef and add into the marinade. Marinate the meat in the fridge for up to two hours, but no more than that. The acidity from the lemon will break down the meat protein too much.

Heat the grill to a medium-high heat. Skewer the beef and cook. Grill the skewers three to five minutes per side, make sure there are lovely grill marks on each side.

Serve with rice, butter lettuce leaf cups and a sweet and salty dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

1 tsp. sambal oelek

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. lime juice

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. sugar

¼ c. rice vinegar

2 tbsp. flavourless oil 

(sunflower, canola, grapeseed)

¼ c. slivered green onions

Whisk to combine. Serve alongside the beef bulgogi or use as a drizzle over top of the rice.

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Farmers’ Market Meals


Spice up your summer with these fabulous local finds Buying locally is ideal for not only the economy but your family as well. This summer, take advantage of what’s available from the following featured merchants who’ll be showcasing their edible wares at select farmers’ markets in the Capital Region. But don’t stop there. Try some …Read More
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Spice up your summer with these fabulous local finds

Buying locally is ideal for not only the economy but your family as well. This summer, take advantage of what’s available from the following featured merchants who’ll be showcasing their edible wares at select farmers’ markets in the Capital Region. But don’t stop there. Try some of the recipes listed below using those items to taste what a difference local produce and other foods brings to the table.

Pair homemade falafel patties from INFUSION with pita bread from HAPPY CAMEL. Serve with fresh slaw made with veggies from PEAS ON EARTH and KUHLMAN’S and a homemade yogurt dip.

Veggie Slaw

A colourful appetizer to get that patio party going.

kohlrabi

red cabbage

peppers

carrots

cilantro

Matchstick all the vegetables, mix together and add to a bowl. Put a dollop of yogurt dip (see recipe below) in the corner, add the falafel patties and garnish with cilantro and pita wedges.

Yogurt Dip

This creamy dip is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

3 mini cucumbers, shredded and drained

¾ c. greek yogurt

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. fresh dill (more if dill
is a favourite flavour)

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pair green onion cakes from THE GREEN ONION CAKE MAN, homemade salad rolls and samosas from MINI KITCHEN, with two homemade dipping sauces.

Salad Rolls

Try a new take on a popular Vietnamese treat.

Rice paper wrappers

Rice stick (vermicelli) noodles

Fresh cilantro

1-2 carrots, peeled and julienned or matchstick pieces

1 mango, peeled and julienned

1 pepper, julienned

1 cucumber, julienned

chopped cashews or peanuts (optional)

Soak noodles in hot water for approximately 10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.

Rice paper wrappers soak in warm water until soft and rollable.

Set up on a cutting board an assembly line like array of all your ingredients.

Place your soaked wrapper on a dry dish towel or a few paper towels, pat dry the top. In the middle of the wrapper put some noodles, a few of each of the chosen vegetables/fruit, a sprinkle of nuts and some fresh cilantro. Fold the bottom and the top in and roll up as if it was a burrito.  Serve as a whole roll or cut in half.

While finishing up the remainder of the rolls, keep the made ones soft by covering with a damp paper towel. 

Sweet & Spicy Dip

A little something to tempt all of your tastebuds.

¼ c. rice vinegar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. warm water

2 tsp. brown sugar

Splash of lime juice

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Whisk ingredients together until combined, garnish with julienned green onions.

Almond Dipping Sauce

Now here’s a delicious way to get some fibre in you!

4 tbsp. almond butter

1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce

1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar

2 ½ tbsp. warm water

splash of lime juice

shake of red pepper flakes

Craft beer & Saskatoon Berry Fizz

A delicious prairie rendition of moonshine is Berry good indeed!

½ c. craft beer

175 ml Saskatoon berry cider

2 shots of Saskatoon berry moonshine

Mix together, serve over ice in a cocktail glass!

Pair a jar of RED HOUSE SALSA with freshly chopped avocado and serve with EL GRINGO homemade tortilla chips.

Put together a charcuterie platter from many delicious treats from the Farmers’ Market. Include treats like: a variety of olives from OLIVE ME, a hard cheese from GRAPEVINE DELI paired with fresh honeycomb also from GRAPEVINE DELI, spicy pumpkin seeds from GOING NUTS, fresh bread sticks from BREADLOVE, delicious sausage and Biltong from TWIGGY STICKS BILTONG, grainy mustard and dried fruit. Another delicious addition to any charcuterie tray would be apple and pear slices.

Have fun with your snack ideas, including colourful popcorn from ORIGINAL CANADIAN KETTLE and savoury/sweet temptations from GOING NUTS.

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LIVING CORAL


2019’s Pantone colour of the year Your colour inspiration has arrived! With spring well under way, we are all excited to have said goodbye to winter’s white and hello to the many colours that the new season brings blossoming with it. Hue gurus Pantone chose “Living Coral” as the colour for 2019, which emits these …Read More
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2019's Pantone colour of the year

Your colour inspiration has arrived!

With spring well under way, we are all excited to have said goodbye to winter’s white and hello to the many colours that the new season brings blossoming with it. Hue gurus Pantone chose “Living Coral” as the colour for 2019, which emits these desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of colour found in nature. And surely it will inspire a variety of visually pleasing art, décor, food, and fashion this summer. From bridal bouquets to bow ties and cotton candy to key chains, here’s a glance at what’s “living” this year.

The Cotton Candy Shoppe "Fruit Punch" Cotton Candy from Corro Collective $3
Wedding Bouquet from the Wheelbarrow Florist. Starting at $250
Women's Blouse from Monjeleco Jeans $38 from Lava & Luxury and Gratitude Bracelets by the Masterful Princes $30 each from Corro Collective
Wooden Decoupage Hearts from Whimsical Vintage Creations $20 & $35
The Jewelry Rack Necklace from Whimsical Vintage Creations $20
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Fashion & Art


A melding of two creative disciplines inspires a tapestry of wonder. For decades, visual art has triggered the creative impulses of top designers around the world, but its melding has never been more vivid than in recent years. Which is why we put the works of abstract landscape painter Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, a two-time recipient of …Read More
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A melding of two creative disciplines inspires a tapestry of wonder.

For decades, visual art has triggered the creative impulses of top designers around the world, but its melding has never been more vivid than in recent years. Which is why we put the works of abstract landscape painter Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, a two-time recipient of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts to the test. The result? A contrast of art and fashion that passes with flying colours.

“The Place That Cannot Be” Acrylic on Canvas 40” Diameter $3000 Free People One Fine Day Mini Dress $170 with Free People Montgomery Slouch Boot $328 from Pink Paire
“I Am Lost And Found” Acrylic on Canvas36” x 36” $2500 “I Reflect You, You Reflect Me” Acrylic on Canvas 36” x 36” $2500 Gentle Fawn Heron Kimono $55, Black Tape Tank $40 from Pink Paire , Candice Skinny Jeans $140 from Monjeloco Jeans and Ted Baker Saviopl Heels $280 from Cerulean Boutique
“The World’s Greatest” Acrylic on Canvas 40” Diameter $2500 Faithfull The Brand Ari Midi Dress $160 from Pink Paire
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KIDS GETTING INTO THE LEMONADE BUSINESS


Make lemonade—and money—from lemons this summer Simple, cool, refreshing — nothing says summer quite like a delicious cup of lemonade. So why not turn your love of lemonade into a business? Setting up your own stand is a great way to make some extra money this summer and it’s super easy to do. Following our …Read More
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Make lemonade—and money—from lemons this summer

Simple, cool, refreshing — nothing says summer quite like a delicious cup of lemonade. So why not turn your love of lemonade into a business? Setting up your own stand is a great way to make some extra money this summer and it’s super easy to do. Following our tips below, you’ll be well on your way to a fun and profitable summer.

Pick Your Spot

One of the first things you’ll want to do is choose a location for your stand. Some kids like to set up shop in front of their homes. That’s a great idea, if your parents are busy and you don’t want to carry your stuff too far. Older, more ambitious kids, though, might look for a place with more foot traffic — near parks, festivals, farmers’ markets or businesses, for example. Just make sure that wherever you go, you have permission to sell lemonade there.

Take a Stand

So, now you have your location. Before you can start selling lemonade and making money, though, you’ll need an actual stand. Pick out a table and chairs that are sturdy and large enough, but which can also fold up, making them easier to move. And remember to bring a nice tablecloth to cover your table. It’ll make your stand look nicer and more professional — attracting more customers — and help keep your table clean from spills.

Bring the Supplies

Besides your stand, you’ll have to pick up some necessities. Obviously, you’ll need a pitcher for your lemonade, preferably one with a cover to keep the bugs out. Bring plenty of cups as well so that your customers have something to drink with. You might also want to provide other extras: napkins, straws, and maybe even ice. Just remember, though, not to make too much garbage. The cups and any other supplies you provide should be easy to recycle.

Spread the Word

Next, you’ll have to let people know that you’re open for business. Make a few eye-catching posters and signs to tell your customers where and when you’re open. You’ll also need a sign to put on your stand to display your prices. If you’re good with computers, there are some useful programs and apps you can use to create awesome posters or signs. You might even want to use social media, like Facebook or Instagram, to get the word out before and during your open hours.

Set a Price

Another thing to think about is how much you’re going to charge. This may take some planning. If you’ve spent money on supplies—such as lemonade powder or cups—you will want to sell enough lemonade to make that money back and turn a profit, as well. When deciding how much to charge for your delicious lemonade, you don’t want to charge too much or too little. It might also be a good idea to charge an easy-to-remember price, such as $1 per cup. This will make it easier to calculate prices if customers buy more than one cup at a time, and it will make it easier to count back change.

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Last, but not least, you’ll need to make lemonade. There are almost as many different recipes out there as there are lemons. Here are two you can try out on your own:

Simple Homemade Lemonade

6 cups water

2 ½ cups sugar

2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon slices

Ice (optional)

Add the sugar to the water and stir until it’s dissolved. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled, then add the lemon slices and ice. Serve.

Orange Lemonade

2 ½ cups warm water

6 cups cold water

1 ½ cups orange juice

12 fresh lemons

1 ½ cups sugar

2 tbsp. lemon zest

Squeeze and remove the juice from the lemons. Make the lemon zest by grating the lemon peels. Set aside. Add the
sugar to the warm water and stir until dissolved. Add the cold water, orange juice, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
Refrigerate to chill. Serve.

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The Great BBQ Fuel Forum


Summer’s back, meaning it’s time to revisit a heated debate With barbecue season upon us, it’s a good time to bone up on your barbecue game. That might be difficult, given the dizzying array of barbecue choices on the market. We take a quick look at the various options out there in terms of their …Read More
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Summer’s back, meaning it’s time to revisit a heated debate

With barbecue season upon us, it’s a good time to bone up on your barbecue game. That might be difficult, given the dizzying array of barbecue choices on the market. We take a quick look at the various options out there in terms of their heat source: gas, charcoal, or electric.

Gas

Gas barbecues, like the name says, use a gas to provide the heat to cook meat. The gas may vary, but commonly it is propane, butane, or natural gas. Of the various barbecue methods, gas might be the happy medium—you get the flavour of an open flame without the learning curve of cooking with charcoal or hardwood. But, as they do use an open flame, which can flare up, gas grills need to be kept a safe distance from structures—like your house—to avoid fires. And that means space is needed,
something your average apartment or condo dweller may not have. Nonetheless, gas barbecues are relatively simple to use, as they make it easy to provide a constant level of heat, making them the go-to choice with many backyard chefs.

Charcoal

Charcoal grills have exploded in popularity in recent years. The reason? It’s all about the taste. No other heat source, arguably, captures the flavour of smoke the way that charcoal does. Another benefit of charcoal is that it can be started and used with almost no open flame, making some varieties of charcoal grills okay to use in smaller spaces (some buildings might still not allow charcoal barbecues on balconies, though). It’s also a slow cooking option and requires a lot of patience and time to learn how to cook with those black lumps. Charcoal is also dependent on atmospheric conditions to take BBQ to the max. On humid, windless days, there may not be enough oxygen for the charcoal to burn constantly.

Electric

Finally, electric grills are another option for barbecue aficionados. These will use electricity as their heat source, making them ideal in many cases for apartment balconies, and some varieties can even be safely used indoors. Although not as popular as gas, and often more expensive, electric grills are quick and convenient. For those seeking optimal flavour, however, electricity may not be the way to go. For obvious reasons, they don’t quite capture the flavour of smoke, and they may not provide the intense heat required for searing. They are easy to use however, providing instant and predictable heat at the press of a button, making them ideal for quick meals and rainy days.

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