In the summer months, it is a challenge to cook in the kitchen. Cooking on the stove can generate enough heat to raise the temperature in your kitchen area substantially. Keeping your kitchen cool and the family comfortable during the hot summer weather is a difficult task with all the cooking we do.
But this is definitely not impossible. All we need to do is bring in more circulation, use methods that produce less heat, plan before we cook and follow certain methods of cooking that do not produce more heat. Here are a few tips to help keep your kitchen cool when the sun is shining bright.
1. Improve The Air Circulation
An airy kitchen is the best way to keep the circulation going. Having a chimney or an exhaust fan will suck the smoke out of the kitchen. If you find the kitchen too hot, install a ceiling fan that can run when the stove isn’t burning or you could use a floor or table fan in the food preparation or dining areas. A little air movement helps to make a kitchen more comfortable.1
2. Draw The Shades
A sunny kitchen might feel nice in the winter, but the same can be a curse in the summer months. If you have the sun shining brightly through the windows, try using blinds or cooling pads for the windows. Eco-friendly bamboo or grass blinds can help drop the temperature in the kitchen to a great extent.
3. Use Counter Appliances
Standing near the stove for a long time on really hot days is torture. Try cooking recipes which involve the use of various counter appliances such as microwaves, convection ovens, slow cookers, multi-cookers, and ovens that can free you from standing before the flame for a long time. Cooking in appliances might add only minimal heat if any, to the surrounding areas.2
4. Prep Everything Before Cooking It
Get all the pre-preparations done before you really start the cooking process. You can use the fan while you do so and keep the heat away! Do all the slicing, dicing, and measuring before you turn on the stove.3
5. Use Small Vessels
Large vessels require larger flames to cook and might throw up a lot of heat. Try using smaller vessels on smaller burners to feel less heat when you cook. Adjust the flames of you gas stove to avoid spilling over the vessel sides.4
6. Cover With A Lit And Cook
Cover your vessels while you cook. This allows you to turn down the burner flame while you cook, radiating less heat. Try not to lift the lid and peek in while cooking. Every time you lift the vessel lid or open the oven door, heat escapes into your kitchen. Turn your burner or oven off just before the food is done, and let the residual heat finish the cooking process. Use as little extra liquid as possible. When boiling vegetables, add just enough water so it covers the vegetables. Do not fill it to the brim.5
7. Use A Pressure Or Electric Cooker
A pressure cooker cooks faster and emanates less heat. And if you are not going to be at home, try using an electric cooker or a slow cooker to do the cooking. They radiate less heat and will not heat up your kitchen.
8. Cool The Food Before Refrigeration
A basic rule is to cool food or leftovers to room temperature before putting them in the refrigerator. This will reduce the amount of work your fridge has to do. Not only does cooling hot food require more energy, but your fridge also generates heat that is released into the house while doing so.6
|↑1||Sims Jeffery, The No-Nonsense Guide To Heat Wave, Drought, & Hot Weather Safety (Enhanced Edition), Lulu.com, 2015.|
|↑2, ↑3||Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips. Department Of Energy.|
|↑4||Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips. Department Of Energy.|
|↑5||Cool Summer meals. NC State University.|
|↑6||Cool Summer meals. NC State University.|