THE BRAAI CHECK­LIST

Getaway (South Africa) - - FOOD -

No one has your braai in­ter­ests at heart but you. If the qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence is a pri­or­ity, put to­gether your own travel braai kit.

1 BRAAI GLOVES Gloves are not for sissies. Braai­ing prop­erly is hot work and you may need to move a grid or flip over a fat stack by hold­ing each end of the skew­ers. Gloves will en­sure the meat chars, not your hands. 2 A GRID The grid where you’re stay­ing may be rusty, wonky, on its last legs or not fas­tid­i­ously cleaned. (Al­ter­na­tively, give it a good rub-down with an onion or lemon af­ter burn­ing off any scary bits.) 3 TONGS You might ar­rive to find the kind where boerie falls through the hole in the part that’s meant to grip it. Af­ter us­ing long wood­en­han­dled, scal­loped-edged tongs, there’s no go­ing back. 4 A BIG WOODEN BOARD Food-prep boards at ren­tal ac­com­mo­da­tion are of­ten too small, warped or not prop­erly cleaned. 5 A CHEF’S KNIFE Even if there is the right-sized knife in your hol­i­day house, it’s rare that it will be sharp. 6 WOOD Just be­cause wood is left for guests doesn’t al­ways mean it’s best for the job or that there’s enough of it. If long-burn­ing coals are needed, avoid the frus­tra­tion of a fire that goes up in a puff of smoke and bring the right wood (kameel­dor­ing).

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