With summer approaching, you may be less likely to opt for large meals that take a lot of cooking. You will still need to create dinners, though, so a cool kitchen will certainly be a welcome relief. There are certain steps you can take to ensure your cook space remains a comfortable temperature. These tips are especially useful in compact spaces, as small kitchens heat up quicker than larger areas.
Whereas winter is predominantly about heavy comfort food, summer calls for lighter, brighter meals that do not involve so much preparation. Quick dishes are fantastic, as you are not spending hours in the kitchen, while cold foods such as salads are delicious on a hot day.
Less Reliance on The Oven
Ovens produce an incredible amount of heat – more than any other appliance, and that is before you open the door to check on your food. A cool kitchen can be achieved by not using the oven extensively. Only use it when you have to; instead, use smaller appliances such as pressure cookers and microwaves, or simply cook dishes on your hob. These items expel much less heat than a conventional oven – and as an added benefit, they often use less power.
Another way to keep your cook space comfortable is to make sure hot air is not stagnating. Open windows or patio doors to allow the fresh air in and to get some of the heat out – especially if you are using the oven. A fan is a good investment, and there is a DIY method to ensure the fan blows cold air across the room. Cut the bottom off one or two drinks bottles and turn them upside-down with the lid at the bottom – firmly screwed in place. Then, simply attach your bottles to the back of the fan and fill with ice cubes.
Blinds and Curtains
It might seem strange to suggest blocking out the light, but closed blinds and curtains will regulate the kitchen temperature and keep it cool. Lighter fabrics and colours will allow enough light to come through without the heat.
If you want to enjoy the heat without being in a stuffy kitchen, you could cook outside. Barbecues may be the most common option for summery weather and family gettogethers, but you can cook more than sausages and burgers. Portable hobs and burners are a viable option if you are looking to cook vegetables, rice or pasta al fresco.