Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kitchen Tip - boy is it hot!

Temperatures are starting to soar here- in the 90s! And my kitchen is starting to feel more like a smokehouse than part of our living quarters!
Well, I'm trying to remind myself and plan carefully so that when I use the oven- I REALLY USE THE OVEN!
Like a day or two a week to be 'baking day'. (Yesterday, I made 4 loaves of french bread, 2 loaves of breakfast bread and 2 dozen chocolate chip muffins, and baked a couple of roasts.)
I've also drug a small box fan into my kitchen area and placed it where the closest vent is to help circulate the air, as there is NO vents in the kitchen area (I think it should be law that women do the floor plans of ALL kitchens! ;-).
These two things , along with trying to plan more "summer-friendly menus" (salads with chicken, flat-breads, tacos, tortillas with all sorts of stuffings, etc)will help me keep the kitchen more tolerable- more of the time, and help my air conditioner be a little less over-worked!
Oh and one more thing, I also have a small ceiling fan in my tiny kitchen which can help too!


Snow White said...

Great tips! We are in a small apartment and boy does cooking with the oven when it's warm heat up the place! I try to really use the oven too -- ad try to do the baking in the morning when it's cooler :)

Donna said...

Baking in the morning! Good idea to add!
Or at night too!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

We only have one vent in our kitchen - and it's the only one on that side of the house! If I ran things - there would be vents! :>) Thanks for the tips - anything to help keep things cool.