By Lexi Myer
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was build a fire at my grandparent’s farm and roast marshmallows. My grandpa is the master of building the perfect fire, and roasting the perfect marshmallow on it. It was a great time of eating sugar (what kid doesn’t love that) and spending time with one of my favorite people. Flash-forward to today, my husband is a campus minister at the University of Kansas, and we love to have bonfires with the college students that have become our family. Whether we are out at a park or on our friend’s land, it is a blast to spend time together and talk over a fire.
August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, and in honor of that, we want to share some tips and tricks for having a safe and fun time roasting marshmallows.
- Make sure that you are allowed to burn on the day you are planning. If the weather has been dry, you can check with your local parks and rec departments to make sure that it is safe to burn outside.
- Keep safety equipment nearby in case the fire gets out of control. Either a hose, a bucket filled with water, or a fire extinguisher can work for this, but just make sure you have something as a backup to make sure that everyone stays safe.
- Too cold or hot outside? Toast them inside! Grab some foil and place it over a baking sheet. Turn your oven onto broil, put the marshmallows on the baking sheet and keep them in for 3-5 minutes. Make sure that you watch them carefully as the oven gets very hot when it is broiling. Once you are done, turn the oven off immediately!
- Use metal fire roasting sticks. They are reusable and they ensure that the stick you are using is clean.
- When trying to get a marshmallow crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, find a hot coal, and not a flame to put your marshmallow over. This will slowly cook the marshmallow so it is cooked all the way through without burning the outside. Make sure that you turn it so you get every side!
If you have any questions about how your home insurance covers fires that get out of control, give us a call at 913-338-1100 or stop by our office in Overland Park. We would be happy to walk you through what our home insurance products cover to give you peace of mind this fall!
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Lexi started at MAX in June of 2016, and has 3 years of experience in the insurance industry. Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband, two children under two, and Chihuahua/Beagle mix Ted. Lexi and her family are big St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans and travel to see them whenever they can. She also works with students of the University of Kansas (KU) as her husband is a campus pastor there.