With summer now in full swing and temperatures set to rise, things are starting to heat up across the country. Never is this more true than in the kitchen during meal prep, where things can boil over pretty quickly – especially on a hot summer’s day.
While the phrase “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” springs to mind, here at Cooker Spare Parts, we believe that the kitchen should be accessible to all – even if you suffer from thermophobia!
If your kitchen is prone to bouts of boiling heat, we’ve got a few choice tips to help keep your kitchen running smoothly without resulting in a meltdown.
Reduce heat in the kitchen
First things first, the easiest and most obvious way to reduce heat in kitchen areas is to simply crack open a window.
The additional airflow can work wonders in no time, while patio doors can also provide ample ventilation.
But what if you don’t have patio doors or only have a small kitchen window?
Is all hope lost? Is it time to throw in the tea towel? Should we resign ourselves to cooking in inferno-like temperatures for the rest of our days?
Not quite. Here’s a few ways to beat the heat in your kitchen this summer.
Oven cooking has a knack for heating up the entire kitchen, particularly if your kitchen is small and compact.
While this can be great news in the wintertime when the weather is colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss, it’s not as welcome when the kitchen is already hotter than a heatwave in hell.
Avoiding oven cooking during the bouts of baking sun is a wise move. Instead, try to rely on other kitchen appliances, like a slow cooker or microwave.
Oven cooking can’t always be substituted and sometimes you may find there’s simply no alternative. If this is indeed the case, try to plan ahead and schedule your oven cooking at cooler times of the day, such as the early morning or late at night.
Boiling water on a stove top can have a dramatic effect on the kitchen environment. Even with an extractor fan above the hob, it’s still common for the whole kitchen to become a sauna, misting up the windows like a culinary steam room.
Opting for boiled foods during hot weather is asking for trouble, so try to avoid stove-top boiling during bouts of extreme heat outside.
The Great Outdoors
If you feel like your kitchen is too hot to cook in, why not revere that psychology somewhat and use the weather to your advantage?
Hot weather is a prime setting for alfresco dining, so why not take advantage of the conditions and go the whole hog by cooking outside too?
Embracing barbeque season can have multiple perks, from the social aspect of a BBQ to the sheer novelty of cooking outside.
Best of all, it gets you out in the open and out of the kitchen, minimising the kitchen heat considerably.
There you have it: four fool-proof ways to reduce the heat in your kitchen his summer without affecting your cooking. For more information on how to reduce heat in your kitchen, drop us a line on 02920 452 510 or click the button below to get in touch online.
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