Do you ever have “duh” moments in the kitchen? I do.
My latest involved a should-be-obvious kitchen tip: Keep the lid on while your food is cooking.
Earth-shattering, huh? For over a decade, I’ve happily cooked away while letting all that steam escape into the kitchen.
Now I’m scratching my head wondering why it took so long to grasp this simple time & money-saving tip! [Especially since Joshua has several times asked, “Don’t you want the lid on that, babe?”]
No wonder my kitchen got so hot before!
Summer is right around the corner. Avoiding unnecessary heat in the kitchen is a big money (and comfort) saver. Here are a few other ideas:
- Fill the grill. Grill dinner, but also grill the meats you’ll need for the coming week. (See Amy’s example here!)
- Maximize the oven heat. If the oven has to be on, don’t just bake one item. Slip potatoes in while your bread is baking. Slide a couple loaves of quick bread for the freezer next to dinner, etc.
- Leave the oven door shut until you need to open it. Once you’ve made a recipe and know how long it takes to cook in your oven, jot down exactly how many minutes it takes. That way next time you don’t have to check it multiple times (and spill hot air into the kitchen!)
- Turn off the oven and let things finish baking while the oven cools. (Easy way to cook granola. Another brilliant idea from Amy! It must be hot in Texas, or something.)
- Do the same thing with the stove.
- Use the crockpot. If you can safely plug it in on the porch or in the garage, all the better!
- Use the freezer: fry up a big batch of hamburger, double/triple dinner, etc. Freeze the extras
- Plan ahead. Frozen food heats up much faster when it’s thawed…. especially if you don’t have a microwave.
- ….and don’t forget to put the lid on when you’re cooking!
What about you? How do you keep your kitchen a little less hot during the summer?
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