The dog days of summer are officially here, and temperatures are rising. We understand that the last thing anyone feels like doing in the summer is cooking. But just because the heat is on outside, doesn’t mean that cooking should be off. We’ve got a few tips to help keep you cool for the summer while you’re cooking.
- Don’t Turn on the Oven.
We hate to state the obvious, but if it’s hot, then don’t use the one major appliance designed to generate heat. Instead, you can embrace no-cook meals by preparing salads with summer’s fresh produce. Add various beans, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and cheeses for virtually heat-free sources of protein, and you’ve got a full meal.
If heat is absolutely required for your menu, then turn to your toaster oven. This handy appliance does more than toast bread. Use it to broil fish and chicken, roast vegetables, and even bake desserts without having to heat up the entire kitchen.
- If the Oven is a Must, Use it Wisely.
Sometimes, even summer cooking requires an oven. After all, it can’t be salads and chilled soups for dinner every night. And you definitely need an oven for those iconic summer desserts like blueberry pie and peach cobbler. Limit oven use early morning or late evening when temperatures are slightly cooler. And be precise with your preheating. You don’t want the oven to be on for a minute longer than it absolutely needs to be.
- Invest in a New Range Hood (or Clean Your Old One).
Range hoods are very effective when it comes to removing grease, smoke, odors, and excess heat from your kitchen, especially when you’re frying or sautéing. Consider if it’s time for a new one. Or, clean your existing range hood to ensure it’s working as well as it should.
- Get a Fan.
Placing a simple box fan in the kitchen window is an inexpensive option that can help keep you cool for the summer. You can set it to bring fresh air in, or use the exhaust setting to pull hot air out.
- Embrace the Shade.
Light equals heat, so you want to keep as much light as possible out of your kitchen. Install sun blocking blinds or curtains and keep them drawn. Also, turn off or dim the kitchen lights. This will go a long way in keeping your kitchen at least a few degrees cooler.
- Have a Drink.
If you’re handling the summer cooking, then you might as well enjoy a nice cold drink while you’re doing it. Whether you prefer cool cucumber water, some sweet lemonade, or an icy cold beer, it helps to sip something cold while you’re cooking in the heat.
- Cook Outside (of Course).
The best way to beat kitchen heat is to avoid the kitchen altogether. Remember, summer cooking is all about grilling. Whether you’ve got a standard grill, a pro grill, or a full outdoor kitchen, you can grill up delicious meals without increasing the temperature in your house.
Some might say if you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen, but with these tips, you can do all of your summer cooking while keeping cool.
Be sure to stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ for all of your summer cooking needs. Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.