Whether you have fun cooking or not, when summer temperatures spike, the last thing you want to do is prepare a hot meal in the kitchen. The very idea of using the oven sounds like torture, never mind using the stove!
Come on, does cooking in a stuffy, hot enclosed space really sound like a fun way to spend a summer’s evening?
But who wants to eat chilled pea soup every night for dinner? You don’t have to! You can have your cake and eat it too without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Here are four ways to beat the summer heat…in your kitchen!
Get a Fan!
Everyone enjoys a hot dinner, no matter the time of year. This means that forgoing the stovetop all summer is out of the question: you can’t eat salad alone day in and day out for three months!
To still have full use of the kitchen without sweating buckets (sorry for the detail) install a ceiling fan. Combined with the power of air conditioning, the ceiling fan will circulate the air and keep the hot steam and heat off of you. For high kitchen ceilings, The Spruce recommends installing two ceiling fans. If your kitchen ceiling measures on the lower side, install the ceiling fan just outside of the kitchen.
Not only will installing a ceiling fan cool down the kitchen, it will also help you cut down on your electricity bill and energy use—it’s a win-win! And, not to mention, making structural upgrades to your home can score you a lower homeowners’ insurance premium. How? By making upgrades in the kitchen to offset your chances of a grease fire (too hot a kitchen can start a grease fire) you are ensuring your house against potential structural threat damage. By doing this, you can earn an insurance discount; just take a look at what type of free homeowners’ insurance quotes sites like CoverHound offers for customers!
Fire up the BBQ
You don’t need to prepare every meal in the house: that’s what barbecues are for! You can take the meal prep and cook outside by using your BBQ, outdoor grill or even a pizza oven. No space for a barbecue? That’s okay, grills are available in a variety of sizes and shapes and offer different fuel types, so if you’re not a fan of using charcoal, you can go electric.
To make your backyard or patio dining experience truly wonderful, The Storage Space suggests “invest[ing] in some extra supplies, such as mosquito repellent lamps, a tented gazebo, and some comfy outdoor cushions.” Remember, ambiance is part of experiencing a great meal!
Prepare Meals in the Morning
Often people prepare their dinner meals in the evening when it’s time for dinner; it just makes sense! When the weather changes though, making dinner at night after a hot summer day is a no-go.
Instead of waiting to do your meal prep and cooking in the evenings, Kitchen advises doing it in the morning when the house is still relatively cool. After completing the prepping process, just stick the meal in the fridge and warm it up in the microwave when you get home!
Only Use Counter Appliances
Speaking of using the microwave, try making dinner meals that only require the use of the counter appliances, such as the microwave, toaster or even electric griddle. Using these items will cut down on the heat in the kitchen but still provide you with a warm cooked meal.
Cooking in the summer has its challenges. You want to be well-fed, but you also you want to be physically comfortable. You can now by just following the cooking hacks above!