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How do I keep my kitchen cool during summer?

How do I keep my kitchen cool during summer?

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Enjoying a cold meal on a hot day limits the amount of time you need to spend in a sweltering kitchen and keeps the oven from warming your kitchen up even more.

Enjoying a cold meal on a hot day limits the amount of time you need to spend in a sweltering kitchen and keeps the oven from warming your kitchen up even more.

Keeping your kitchen cool on hot days

Cooking in a hot kitchen in the summer can leave you sweltering and not all that interested in eating what you just prepared. When you combine the ambient temperature with the extra heat created by cooking, it's a recipe for a sweaty disaster.

You might be wondering, “How do I keep my kitchen cool during summer?” Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring the temperature down in your kitchen. Plus, if it's still too hot for your liking, we have some alternative cooking tips for hot days.

Use countertop appliances

A standard oven throws out a lot of heat and really warms up your kitchen. Stovetops also create extra heat, but the amount of heat depends on the type of cooktop you have — gas cooktops are the worst for making your kitchen hotter, followed by electric cooktops. Induction cooktops aren't too bad, though.

Compared to using your oven and stovetop, countertop appliances heat up your kitchen a negligible degree, so they're a much better option. Microwaves, toaster ovens, air fryers, slow cookers and electric pressure cookers, such as Instant Pots are all good options when cooking on a hot day.

Reduce cooking times

If you must use your oven or stove, you can reduce cooking times with some careful prep. Chopping food into smaller pieces can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to cook, so you won't need to turn your appliances on for so long. For example, if you want to roast a butternut squash, it will take an hour or more if you simply cut it in half and deseeded it, but it would only take around 25 to 30 minutes if you cut it into small chunks.

Close the blinds

Having sunlight streaming through your windows can greatly increase the temperature in your kitchen. If you have blinds fitted on your kitchen windows, you should close them as soon as the sun reaches a position where it shines directly through your windows. If you don't have kitchen blinds, you should seriously consider buying some. The Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Fabric Shade is a good choice because you can trim it at home, so there's no need to buy custom blinds if your windows aren't a standard size.

Turn on the air conditioning

If you have air conditioning, there are few places you need it more than in the kitchen in the summer. It's a guaranteed way to keep your kitchen cool. Those without central air could consider buying a window air conditioning unit or a portable air conditioner, depending on their kitchen setup and preferences.

Use a fan

Fans might not be as effective as air conditioners, but they can help to keep air circulating around the room and make it feel cooler, even if they don't actually lower the temperature of the room. Tower fans are generally more effective than table fans, but both can make a difference, especially if you point them directly at you while you cook.

Let in fresh air in the mornings

Opening the windows in your kitchen might seem like a good idea, but it will only make your kitchen hotter if it's warmer outside than it is outside. First thing in the morning is the best time to open your kitchen windows to let cool, fresh air in and warm, stale air out. Early in the morning, it can often become hotter inside than out since hot air from the day before is trapped in your house while the ambient temperature outdoors has dropped overnight. You can set your kitchen up for the day by letting in a breeze early on, as long as you remember to close the windows and draw the shades when the temperatures start to rise.

Cooking tips for hot days

While you ideally want to make your kitchen feel cold enough that you're comfortable cooking whatever you want in it, sometimes this simply isn't possible when the temperature outside is extremely high. In these cases, you can make some adjustments to the way you cook or what you eat.

Prep or cook earlier in the day

If you prep your ingredients earlier in the day when it's cooler, this means less time spent in the kitchen once the temperatures have soared. When you have the time, you can even cook a full meal in the morning before your kitchen has heated up and reheat it later in the microwave, which won't generate much heat. If you're adamant about eating hot meals but don't want to cook at times when the kitchen is at its hottest, this is a sensible alternative.

Serve a cold dinner

For those who aren't too worried about eating a hot dinner, it makes sense to simply serve a cold dinner, so you won't heat your kitchen up further by turning the oven on. Not only is this better for keeping your kitchen cool, but many people also find they prefer eating something lighter on a hot day.

Salads are excellent for hot summer days since produce is at its best at this time of year. Want to add carbs for a more substantial salad? Cook some pasta up in advance and keep it in the fridge for pasta salads or use prepackaged pouches of cooked grains for grain salads. You can also buy ready-made foods that are suitable for eating cold, such as falafel, hummus, olives and flatbreads.

Cook outdoors

Don't want to heat your kitchen up by cooking indoors? Then take it outside. Many people grill food on hot days, but you could also use a camping stove if you want to boil or steam foods, or you could make pizzas using an outdoor pizza oven. The Le Peppe Portable Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven is an excellent choice.

Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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