How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Summertime in Georgia is HOT and most days I have no desire to sweat over the stove to cook dinner for my family. Since feeding them cereal every night of the week leaves me slightly guilt-ridden, I have had to learn how to keep the kitchen cool while still feeding them real food. Preferably something with a vegetable or two…. Finding ways to keep your kitchen cool in the summer will go a long ways towards reducing your air conditioning bill, not to mention help keep you sane. Anyone who has had to deal with children, pets, and a ringing phone at dinner time knows it is 10 times worse if you have sweat dripping in your eyes while you stir boiling pasta!

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How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

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How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Learning how to keep the kitchen cool requires two key factors. Create less heat and improve air flow. The tips below are mainly ideas on how to create less heat in your kitchen during the summer. However, if you are looking for a new DIY project, installing kitchen ceiling fans is one easy way to improve air flow in the kitchen. You can also put UV film for windows in your kitchen or just go ahead and install new windows that are better insulated to help reducing air conditioning costs. If you aren’t up for a DIY project this summer, here are a few easy ways to generate less heat in the kitchen.

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Get creative with pasta salads:

Pasta salads are a great way to keep your kitchen cool this summer. Cook the pasta first thing in the morning when the temperature is cooler. Just rinse and throw it in the refrigerator to make into a pasta salad at dinner time. You can throw in tuna, bits of leftover steak, veggies, or whatever else you find in your pantry. Check out a few of my pasta salad recipes for inspiration!

Learn to love your slow cooker:

Slow cookers are a great way to have a hot meal ready at dinner time without sweating over the stove. They allow you to set up dinner in the morning and then spend the day at the pool with your kids and not have to cook dinner when you get home. Look for a slow cooker that is big enough to meet your family’s appetite needs. I like slow cookers that have multiple heat settings.

Make a cold soup to go with a sandwich:  

Most people think of soup as a fall meal but there are many cold soups like Gazpacho or Cucumber Dill soup that don’t require any heating at all. And while soup and sandwiches may sound like a lunch time meal, I have found that they are perfect for a summer dinner. We are usually not as hungry during the hot summer months as we are during winter. That means we are happy to eat less and soup and sandwiches are perfect! Check out my Chilled Pear Soup if you want to try a cold soup recipe this summer.

Invest in a solar oven: 

This might seem a bit extreme but why not put the power of the sun to good use by letting it cook your dinner for you? Solar ovens are becoming much more popular and come in a wide variety of sizes and prices. If you have space on your patio, why not consider letting the sun cook your dinner for you this summer!

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Healthy no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and totally guilt free. If you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, these are gluten free and loaded with only healthy ingredients!

Make a no bake dessert:  

Nothing says desserts have to bake for an hour, right? There are a number of easy no-bake desserts that will keep your kitchen cool while still feeding your family’s sweet tooth. Try my  Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats or this  No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake. No bake desserts are usually quite simple to make and don’t create any additional heat in the kitchen.

How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Grill out:

You can throw meat, veggies, potatoes and even fruit on the grill so that you never once have to turn your stove on! Make sure to grill up extra that can be thrown into the microwave the next night. Homemade pizza on the grill is one of our favorite easy weeknight meals. Check out a few of my grilling tips to get started!

Learning how to keep the kitchen cool this summer means that you will end up spending considerably less when it comes to cooling your home. Remember, kitchen cooling requires that you create less heat AND improve air flow. Try to do your cooking and run your dishwasher in the morning while it is cool enough to open the kitchen windows for a bit. Then, fill up the crockpot and make a no bake dessert before heading out with the kids for a day at the pool.

 

Have any other tips on how to keep the kitchen cool?

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Comments

  1. Amber Edwards says:
    YUM! We do a lot of those tips for keeping our house cool in the summer. We grill all the time. I even got the Husband a Pizza Grilling kit for Christmas knowing we would be using the grill a lot this summer. So now it is time to pull it out and start grilling some delicious pizza!
  2. I'm in Florida so I can certainly relate! We just moved to a house that uses gas appliances, and I Swear it is even HOTTER with that oven than anything else. I need to grill more outdoors!
  3. These are great ways to stay cool in the summer without heating up the kitchen. I know right now we have had some dreary days in NH but there were a few stretches of hot weather and the last thing I wanted to do was heat up our home!
  4. Every summer we always end up grilling, using our slow cooker, and now our instant pot. These are all amazing options and definitely helps keep the kitchen cooler during those hot days. Grilling's always been the top favorite, because it's just great to be outdoors.
  5. I love pasta salads, thanks for the Chicken Taco Rance recipe, I will try that one. I love grilling and slow cookers too. Awesome ideas.
  6. Yeeesssssss. This is so me. I live in Miami, so summer is uber hot. This is getting bookmarked!
  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! Even here in New England, summers can get brutal, ESPECIALLY if we cook. The kitchen is like a freaking oven!
  8. I'm ALL about grilling out during the summer! It helps so much to not have to turn a stove or oven on in the horrid heat. Also, those shrimp and grits look divine! We may also build a solar oven that's disposable so that we can make pizzas outside.

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