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Five Ways to Cook Meals This Summer Without Using the Oven

As the weather gets hotter, your house will feel like an oven. When you turn the oven on to cook, the kitchen will feel twice as hot. If you can’t stand the heat, try something new in the kitchen. These alternatives reduce heat without sacrificing the foods you love.

1. Cook Meals With Small Appliances

Summer is the best time to use countertop appliances because they generate less heat. If you don’t have one, now is the time to buy one. Cook, bake, and broil in the air fryer, electric griddle, slow cooker, toaster oven, pressure cooker, countertop convection oven, waffle maker, or rice cooker. The blender can make soups, sauces, dips, and smoothies, and the microwave can heat TV dinners and a few food items.

2. Cook Outside

Cook meals outside in the summer using your outdoor kitchen. Use your indoor kitchen on rainy or cool days. If you don’t have one, use your grill or smoker. Grills are well-known for cooking meats but can also cook pizzas, vegetables, fruits, and desserts. Bring a cast-iron skillet or pot to cook more dishes on the grill. Pizza ovens and camping stoves are also great appliances for outdoor cooking.

3. Use the Stovetop or Cooking Range

Stove ovens have a range above the oven. In some kitchens, ovens and cooking ranges are in separate locations. While stovetops and cooking ranges produce heat, they won’t generate tons of it. To help food cook faster and produce less heat, cook them with the lid covered. Use the range hood vents or open a window to remove smoke and heat so it doesn’t linger.

4. Add No-Cook Meals to Your Routine

The only solution that’s heat-free is no-cook meals. Various cooking websites and blogs share sandwich, wrap, salad, coleslaw, and one-bowl recipes, so research them and choose the ones you like. You could also eat no-cook tacos and homemade sushi. In addition, lean on grab-and-go foods, fruits, carrots, and watermelons as snacks.

5. Cook in Bulk

If you must use the oven, cook tons of food. You’ll have some for today and leftovers for the next few days. Try to do this early in the morning while it’s cool or in the evening after the sun sets. When you heat leftovers, use the microwave, toaster oven, air fryer, or countertop convection oven. You can reheat leftovers on the stovetop or cooking range, but put a lid on top. Ventilate the house with a range hood or window during and after cooking.

There’s no reason to change what you eat in the summer just because it’s hot. By changing the appliance or location, you can cook tons of meals. Give your oven a break. An appliance technician can prep your microwave and cooktop for summer and the oven for autumn. Contact AJ’s Appliance Repair for more information on stove, oven, and microwave repair services in Sterling Heights, MI.

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