The Okanagan has it all: lakes, vineyards, mountains, and the summertime sunshine it’s become known for. While the Okanagan sun is what draws in an abundance of tourism, it can be tough to battle for those of us with homes here, especially when cooking indoors.
Avoid the summertime swelter by avoiding the kitchen appliances indoors and utilizing these helpful cooking tips instead:
It’s no surprise that generating heat outside instead of inside can help keep your kitchen cool. When possible, avoid firing up the range inside and use the barbecue outside instead.
If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, discover all the reasons why you should in our previous post: Kelowna Appliances: 7 Reasons to Have an Outdoor Kitchen in the Okanagan.
If you have to use your oven and stove, cook first thing in the morning instead of later in the day. Since the morning is the coolest part of the day, your home will have more time to cool down again before the heat of the afternoon sun sets in.
Instead of turning on your full-size oven, use a toaster oven instead. It’ll generate less heat. The same can be said for that air fryer you got for Christmas last year too.
If you have to do some cooking inside, don’t turn on the overhead lights. Use the range hood lights instead. You’ll generate less heat this way.
If your kitchen and dining area windows have blinds or window coverings, use them to keep the sun out.
If you’ve got an Instant Pot, you’ll want to make good use of it during the summer. Because it cooks food quickly, it won’t heat the room around it.
If you’ve got a range hood, be sure to use it if you do end up cooking inside. It’ll suck the heat out of the kitchen and swiftly deliver it outside.
If the thought of standing over the stove is making you sweat, order take-out or enjoy a freshly tossed salad. Both of these options will be just as satisfying as a home-cooked meal.
With more than 58 of the best brands available on the market, Genier’s in Vernon is the perfect place to shop when looking for new appliances. From beverage fridges to induction cooktops to double wall ovens, we offer it all.