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5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cool This Summer

5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cool This Summer 5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cool This Summer

No matter how much you love summer, there is one part of it that can drive even the most heat-loving person bonkers: cooking in a hot kitchen. When outdoor temperatures are high, cooking over a hot stove or firing up the oven can be the last thing you want to do. From making salads to blending smoothies, try these tips to keep you (and your kitchen) cool this summer.

 shrimp salad and a beet salad

1. Make Salads
Not only are salads healthy and delicious, they don’t require any heat at all to make. Instead of a hot supper, try a crisp cool summer salad on scorching nights. Whip up a fresh salad dressing in your blender to top a salad bursting with flavor or try spiralizing unexpected vegetables to make a colorful and tasty meal. Instead of cooking chicken or steak for protein, try adding chickpeas or other canned beans to a fresh Mediterranean salad. Another trick? Try adding your favorite summer fruits to your salad like cantaloupe or watermelon. Although usually reserved for lunch, a classic egg saladchicken salad or shrimp salad can be delicious on top of a bed of lettuce or served as a sandwich.

slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches and wraps

2. Turn on Your Slow Cooker
While you may be used to turning to your slow cooker in winter for easy soups and stews, you may be surprised at how helpful it can be in summer. Despite heating things up inside, slow cookers don’t radiate heat as much as other appliances making them perfect for summertime use. Avoid hot soups which can warm you up while eating and instead make barbecue chicken sandwichessweet and sour chicken or mango chicken with coconut rice. You can also try making slow cooker shredded chicken to add cold to wraps or sandwiches. Whatever you decide to cook in your slow cooker this summer, you’ll love how cool it keeps you and your kitchen.

peach toast and a salmon sheet pan supper

3. Get Toasty
Instead of heating up the whole oven (and kitchen), try using your toaster oven instead. Because most toaster ovens are smaller than ovens, they heat up (and cool down) faster, leaving your kitchen cooler. Make a quick and easy sheet pan supper like pork chops and Brussel sprouts or salmon with green beans. Try skipping a big heavy dinner and opt for fancy toast instead like peach toast with ricotta or blackberry and brie toast. A delicious meal doesn’t have to take up your whole evening or heat up the whole house — a quick and easy toaster oven recipe can fill your whole family up.

ice cream cone and a snow cone

4. Cool It Down
While it may not replace an entire lunch or dinner, the hot days of summer are the perfect time to try making your own ice cream, popsicles, snow cones or iced coffee. Using an ice cream maker to create your own ice cream is surprisingly easy and with great flavors like blueberry cobbler or strawberry cheesecake, you’ll want to make it all summer long. Homemade snow cones and popsicles are the perfect snack time or barbeque treat and by making them yourself, you can choose just how sweet to make them. Start each morning with a jolt of caffeine but leave the heat behind. An iced coffee can wake you up while keeping you cool. Use a BrewStation coffee maker, a cold brew coffee maker or just your regular coffee and put it in the fridge. Pour it over ice and add some flavors to make cinnamon mocha iced coffee or sweetened condensed milk for iced Vietnamese coffee.

smoothie being made in a blender and in a cup

5. Blend It Up
The easiest way to keep it cool at breakfast? Don’t heat anything up! Instead, start your day with a delicious smoothie made in a blender and perfect for upping your intake of fruits and veggies. Try filling your smoothies with superfoods like this green avocado power smoothie or watermelon chia smoothie or stick to classics like the banana nut smoothie or strawberry banana smoothie. You can also try freezing all your ingredients beforehand so you can grab them out of the freezer first thing in the morning and blend them up. Any way you blend it, you’ll keep your kitchen and yourself cool as a cucumber smoothie.

Whether swapping your hot breakfast for a sweet smoothie or turning to your slow cooker in lieu of your stove top, having the right appliance for the job always comes in handy. Leave the heat outside this summer and keep your kitchen cool with these simple tips.


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