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It's hard to get up the willpower to walk into the kitchen on a hot summer day. Just preheating an oven can feel like you're upping the temperature in the house by 10 degrees. You probably can't go out to eat at an air conditioned restaurant seven nights a week, but you use a few different cooking methods to keep the heat in your house down and still fill yourself with tasty grub.
The key to surviving a hot kitchen is simple: spend the least amount of time in the kitchen as possible, and don't use the oven unless you have to. Here's a few suggestions.
The most obvious way to keep the temperature in your house down is to simply not use any appliances. It sounds obvious, but it's easy to forget in the midst of a heat wave.
Not cooking food all summer long is bound to get boring, but thankfully appliances like rice cookers, microwaves, and crockpots exist. These low effort appliances mean you spend less time in the kitchen and more time in front of the air conditioner.
If you really want to cook up a hot dish but can't handle the heat of the kitchen your best option is to just leave the kitchen and hit up the barbecue for some outdoor cooking. Here's what you need to know.
We've covered plenty of grilling tips in the past, so rest assured you won't have a problem staying away from the kitchen this summer.
Cooking is a personal thing so while we've laid out some of the foundations for getting out of the smoldering hot kitchen we haven't given you a lot of the particulars. With that in mind, we'd love to hear your favorite summertime cooking tips and recipes for when it's too hot to stay in the kitchen.