Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Cool During Hot Summers

Posted on AC Tips August 10, 2009 by John Brescia


 

Keeping your kitchen cool during the hot months of Summer can be a challenge with all the cooking that we do for our families and friends, and range ovens can generate enough heat to raise the temperature drastically in your kitchen area. Here are 5 ways to keep your kitchen more cool this summer.

1. Alternative Cooking Appliances
On the hottest days, plan meals that use 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 old unused 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 a little cooler, and combine other ingredients later.

2. Serve a Cold Buffet
Cold buffets can be extremely refreshing on hot days and involve very little, if any, cooking appliances. Cold buffets make for a great opportunity to use those unused time-saving appliances like food processors, food choppers, deli slicers, breadmakers, and your beautiful relish and vegetable trays.
Your family will love to make their own cold plate from a smorgasbord of salads, greens, vegetables and dip, pickles and relishes, assorted cold cuts and fresh bread or buns.

3. Barbecue or Outside Grill
Grilling or barbecuing outdoors can add fun to any meal and keeps your kitchen cool during hot weather.

4. 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 backyard. These informal meal settings build great family memories, improve moods and provide a cooler environment to enjoy great meals. In fact, asking another family to join you just doubles the fun.

5. Improve Kitchen Air Circulation & Cooling
Consider the benefits of changing your kitchen ceiling light to a ceiling fan with a lighting fixture, to improve air circulation and provide a cooling breeze in your cooking area. Keep the cook cool and happy during meal preparation.

 

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