Many people dread cooking during hot weather. When it’s already hot outside, the last thing you want to do is add the heat from the stove or the oven to your home. However, you can take some measures to stay cool while cooking during hot weather.
First off, keeping the kitchen cool is essential. Keeping windows open, the air conditioner on and any fans or ventilators running can be extremely helpful.
Second, there are a number of “cooking” options that can be done without heat. Salads, sandwiches and fruit are great meal and snack options for those times when you just can’t bear the heat.
Also, it’s important to keep hydrated during hot weather. This is especially important when you’re cooking, as extra heat added to your body can result in heat stroke if your temperature rises too high.
Making cool drinks, like fruit punches or lemonade, can make hot weather and hot weather cooking more bearable as well. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can make great summer treats. Smoothies and shakes can also double as hot weather desserts.
In this section, we’ll discuss many different ways to keep cool during hot weather cooking. We’ll tell you how to keep your kitchen cool and offer recipes and tips for cooking spicy foods and salads. We’ll also discuss cool drinks for hot weather and outdoor cooking.
Keeping the Kitchen Cool
Keeping your kitchen cool is one of the easiest ways to cool off during hot weather cooking. Before you even start cooking, make sure your windows are open and a breeze is coming through your kitchen.
Use fans and ventilators to keep air circulating and to move hot air out of your kitchen. Some fans even come with water spraying functions that can help keep you cool.
If possible, avoid the use of ovens or stovetops when weather gets too hot. If you must use the oven, consider using a lower cooking temperature and avoid opening the oven frequently, as this can let heat escape into the room.
Making sandwiches or cooking meals in a crockpot can also help you keep the kitchen cool.
Salads and Stuff
Salads are a great option for hot weather cooking. Salad options are endless and can easily be stored for later on as well. Some popular salad options include:
- cucumber salad
- fruit salad
- macaroni salad
- pasta salad
- potato salad
- traditional salad or spinach salad.
With so many salad types to choose from, people can get through hot weather easily by relying on salads.
Staying cool both indoors and outside can be made much easier with cool drinks. Lemonade, fruit punch and smoothies are great options for refreshment while sunbathing, swimming or just trying to beat the heat in the shade.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cool drinks can be great options during summer months and hot weather. Fruity drinks, smoothies, slushies and shakes are also fun cool drinks.
If you just can’t bear the thought of cooking in a hot kitchen, outdoor cooking can be a great alternative. Barbeques and other outdoor grills provide cooks with a gentle breeze, ample ventilation and all the fun of being outside in the backyard, on the beach or poolside.
Most outdoor cooking involves simple foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads and fruit can make easy and enjoyable side dishes for outdoor cooking.