Now there's an old fashioned hood for you. I love it and it cleans up so nicely with my alcohol and water cleaner. It is a great degreaser. Okay, I am digressing as this is a post about cooking and summer. How I try to keep the kitchen as cool as possible in the summer.
1. Probably the most important rule of cooking in the summer, outside of eating out, is to cook early in the day. The kitchen has time to cool off before the heat of the day. I will cook my meat for supper and sides too and then reheat in the microwave when it is dinner time.
2. Grill baby grill. Fire up that barbecue. It may be a little hot for the cook but it sure keeps the house cooler. I will cook an entire meal outside when I can. Also, cook the meat for two meals at one time. We might say grill burgers but I will have hubby grill some chicken for fajitas or tacos the next night.
3. Use up your leftovers. Then nothing has to be cooked at all that day. Maybe a quick reheat in the microwave is all. Tonight I pulled out leftover spaghetti, two grilled chicken breasts which were turned into a loaded chef's salad and some leftover watermelon. Waa-laa perfect supper for summer.
4. Use your slow cooker. I use it all the time in the summer. You can cook an entire meal in there like my Supper in a Dish. Add a side salad or some fruit salad and you are done. You can find more ideas on my
5. Eat lots of salads. Summer is the perfect time for big, full of good stuff salads like my favorite, taco salad. I cook it all year long but it is perfect for hot days.
6. And lastly, this is a tip I learned from my mother in law. When using your stove, run your overhead vent. It helps to draw up the heat and steam from whatever you may be cooking. I swear this really works. Helps to cut down on the heat