With the holiday season upon us, many are getting ready to prepare and share large meals with family and friends. So, how can you stay comfortable while slaving away in a hot kitchen? Here are some steps you can take to ensure you’ll enjoy cooking your holiday meals as much as you enjoy eating them.
#1 Clean Your Appliances
Cleaning your appliances is not only going to make your house look more presentable, but could also reduce the temperature in your kitchen. Appliances such as refrigerators must work harder when vents are blocked by dust or coils are covered in food debris. When preparing family feasts or baking holiday treats, look out for food splattered on the inside of your oven as this can disrupt the oven’s sensors from getting an accurate temperature reading. The harder these appliances must work, the warmer your kitchen will be. Any measures made to keep your cooking environment neat will make for a comfortable kitchen and happier cook.
#2 Start Prepping the Food Early
You should prepare and cook as much as you can the day before a large meal. Not only will this limit the amount of time that you’ll need to spend in the kitchen, but you will also be able to carry out the prep work, such as cutting produce, while the oven and stove are off. Running the burner and oven simultaneously can increase the temperature of your kitchen by a few degrees, so use them only if necessary.
#3 Avoid Using the Range
Your range is perhaps the biggest offender when it comes to increased temperatures in your kitchen. So, to stay cool, avoid using the range and cook with other appliances whenever possible. Alternatives such as slow cookers and convection ovens can do the same job without adding heat to the air.
#4 Stay Hydrated
Even with all of these tips, your kitchen can still get hot when you are in the middle of making a meal. Keep a cup of ice water nearby at all times and take a sip at regular intervals. This will allow your body to regulate its internal temperature as you move around.
In addition to the helpful steps listed above, here are some more tricks on how to stay cool in the kitchen this holiday season.
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