Using your kitchen during the summer can lead to devastating results. OK, that is a bit overstated but during the hottest days of the year, the last thing you want to do is turn on a hot stove or oven. Many times that leads to eating out or getting food delivered but those costs could quickly skyrocket.
Grilling out is an excellent idea but if you live in an apartment or don’t actually have a grill then that isn’t an option.
So the question is, what can you do in your own kitchen during the summer to save electricity and avoid adding any unnecessary heat to your home? Here are some cool tips that you have perhaps never considered or heard of.
Cook With Your Dishwasher
Did you know that there are certain foods and meals you can cook using your dishwasher? Some examples include:
- Green beans
- Butter poached lobster
- Lemon garlic shrimp
- Boiled vegetables
- Buttered dill carrots
- Lasagna Florentine
- Soft boiled eggs with creamy yolks
- Vegan ribs
- Strawberry cinnamon compote
- Thanksgiving Day turkey
Simply google “cooking with a dishwasher” and you will find some fantastic meal ideas.
Make a DIY Air Conditioner
If you absolutely must heat up your kitchen to make a special meal, consider this air conditioning tip. Take a small fan (or whatever size you’d like) and place a small bowl filled with ice in front of it. As the fan blows, the air will both evaporate the ice while cooling the air at the same time.
Get Some Cool Modern Specialty Appliances
When you look around your kitchen, do you only have an oven, stove, toaster, coffee maker and blender? There are various devices available today which can totally take the place of your oven or stove. On top of that, these some of these devices can cook food in half the time.
For example, the NuWave Oven can cook foods from frozen such as whole chickens, ribs, fish, shrimp, scallops, lobster, corn, root vegetables, potatoes, baked apples, pizza, quesadillas, beef, pork turkey and much more. This device sits on your countertop, cooks in record time and doesn’t heat up your kitchen like your oven would.
Another device to consider is the Instant Pot. This is another device that will use less electricity than your stove or oven while being able to perform more functions easily like slow cooking, pressure cooking, rice steaming and more.
As time goes on, purchasing devices like these will cause you to use your stove and oven less and less. This will keep the kitchen cooler while saving costs on electricity.