Keeping your kitchen cool during hot summer weather can be a challenge with all the cooking we do for our families, and range ovens can generate enough heat to raise the temperature in your kitchen area. Here are 5 ways to keep your kitchen cooler this summer.
- Alternative Cooking Appliances
On hot days, plan meals that involve the use of different cooking appliances such as microwaves, speed cook or convection ovens, crockpots, electric skillets, roaster ovens, grills & griddles, panini & sandwich makers, deep fryers or toaster ovens, which can either eliminate or reduce long range oven use.
This is a great opportunity to get those appliances out and make an old favorite or try something new. You can also cook part of your meal in the morning when your kitchen is cooler, and combine other ingredients later for a delicious meal. For great meal ideas see the recipes from the cooks at About:
- Serve a Cold Buffet Food Fair
Cold buffets are very refreshing on hot days and involve very little if any, cooking appliances. A great opportunity to use time-saving appliances like food processors, food choppers, deli slicers, breadmakers, and your beautiful relish and vegie trays.
Your family will love making their own cold plate from a food fair of salads, greens, vegetables and dip, pickles and relishes, assorted cold cuts and fresh bread or buns. More About recipes to try out:
- Barbecue or Outside Grill
Barbecuing or grilling in the outdoors adds fun to any meal and keeps your kitchen cool during hot weather. Visit About's related site and recipes:
- Plan a Picnic - Take to the Great Outdoors
The whole family will enjoy a picnic or tailgate meal at a beach, park or in a country setting. You can even enjoy a picnic in your own back yard. These informal meal settings build great family memories, improve moods and provide a welcomed cooler environment to enjoy great meals. In fact, asking another family to join you just doubles the fun. You can incorporate barbecuing, cold plate or buffet items in your picnic meals or get ideas from About's:
- Improve Kitchen Air Circulation & Cooling
Consider the benefits of changing your kitchen ceiling light to a ceiling fan with lighting fixture, to improve air circulation and provide a cooling breeze in your cooking area. Keep the cook cool and happy during meal preparation. Related and other cooling resources: