The weather outside is heating up, which can only mean one thing: summer is upon us. With it brings a lot of activities, from swimming and beach volleyball to outdoor festivals. Just about all of the fun events in summer surround hot and sunny weather. The drawback? Hot weather can make for an uncomfortably hot kitchen when you are cooking meals for you and your family. The good news is there are some things you can do to make cooking in hot weather more bearable. Here are the top five tips for you:
No Heat Cooking
The way to completely eliminate the uncomfortably hot kitchen, of course, is to engage in no heat cooking. This will often mean a lot of salad, both fruit salad and the traditional vegetable and lettuce variety. Other options include yogurt and granola parfaits, smoothies, sandwiches, and cereal. In fact, you could survive the entire summer on no heat cooking for your breakfast and the vast majority of lunches and dinners. However, this may not be feasible for every single dinner or lunch, which is why the other tips on this list are important to consider.
You oven is your worst enemy when it comes to summer cooking. This is especially the case when it comes to preheating it. However, there is so much you can accomplish just using the stove on top instead! You can make soup, pasta, tacos, and so much more with pots and pans. Search the Internet for some popular recipes and get inspiration. You would be surprised as just how often you can leave your oven off!
If you are cooking for just yourself or a small number of people and need to use an oven, why not use a toaster oven instead? You can easily preheat them if necessary, and they can fit a lot more food than you might think. Some can even bake an entire pizza for you! The good news here is they are much smaller than a regular oven, which means they require a lot less time to heat, which minimizes how much your cooking heats your kitchen.
Take your cooking outside if you are worried about heating your kitchen too much with the hot weather. If you do not already have one, invest in a barbeque, even a small one. You can grill chicken, burgers, sausages, and even vegetarian meals like Portobello mushrooms and corn on the cob. If it gets too warm for you while using your barbeque, you can always head inside for a few moments to cool off before checking on your food again. And once you get back indoors to ear? You will not have a hot home waiting!
Cook In Evening
If you have to use your oven, whether for a savoury meal or dessert, save your cooking for the evening hours or in the early morning, when it is cooler outside. This way, when you do heat your kitchen, the effects are not only severe. Try to avoid using your oven in the heat of the day and use some of our other tips for lunches (like no heat cooking and make a salad) instead.