What do you prepare when it's too hot to cook?

@kbkbooks (7030)
Canada
July 14, 2008 11:17am CST
I love to cook and fool around in the kitchen, but when the weather is hot, I can't bear to be near the stove. I will usually find some precooked meat in the freezer or something canned like tuna and make a vegetable plate with some sort of salad and the meat beside it or even in the salad. Do people eat aspic anymore? I love it but no one else in my family does. Boil 2 cups of tomato juice in your microwave and then stir in one package of lemon jello. Chill to set in the fridge. Great beside a salad like cole slaw, ceaser, or a nice tossed salad. With a little cheese or cold meat, it makes a great meal for hot weather.
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6 responses
• United States
14 Jul 08
Kbk, When it is too hot outside to cook my family does a few things. We opt to make sandwiches as it is lighter to eat and a lot cooler to eat. We will just eat Salads, throw together a few veggies (cucumbers, carrots, celery, tomato, lettuce) and throw on the dressing of your choice, which makes for both nutritious AND cool enough to eat. We will also barbecue outside and eat in the air conditioned house if it suits out fancy. I hope some of these ideas help out a little bit. Thanks for the post :D
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
These are all great ideas. I like the way you said cook out and eat in the AC. We don't have AC in the house but our kitchen is on the shady side of the house in the afternoon with lots of shade around it, so we can eat in the kitchen with the door open. Sometimes we eat in the livingroom or bedroom which both have ceiling fans.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
14 Jul 08
On really hot days I will make sandwiches or a nice salad for dinner or get out the crock pot and let it do all the cooking for me.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
I guess a crock pot would be ok because it doesn't heat up the kitchen, but I couldn't stand the thought of eating hot food on a hot day.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
we have frajitas with chicken that we have bbq'd outside. sometimes we just buy a cold chicken from the store or have home made subs. those are good too.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
Those bbq chickens from the store are so convenient. I also like the packaged precooked white meat strips for making salads or sandwiches.
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@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I don't know why some people don't like to cook in the summer. I guess some people don't have air conditioning. I don't know. I cook anyway in the summer. I just turn the fan on the kitchen. I don't mind sweating over the stove. It's good for me to sweat a little bit.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
15 Jul 08
You're right it's good to sweat a little and consider it all a labor of love. I think we are all pretty spoiled by fast food, frozen stuffs and microwaves. In the older days they didn't have any relief from the heat like air conditioning or even fans, and they still did all their baking and canning even in the heat. Surely it wouldn't hurt us a little, back in those days they were tough.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
15 Jul 08
Most of the time, we'll barbecue something on the grill, either steaks, or brochettes, or even hamburgers and hot dogs. We'll have that with a salad, either italian dressing or coleslaw salad, and some cut up cucumbers and some rice.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
15 Jul 08
Mmmm. Have you ever made cold rice salad? Take your cooked rice, refrigerated to cool. Dress with Italian or other vinegar style dressing. You can season it with teriyaki sauce or garlic and cheese or whatever. I like to add raw broccoli flowerettes, chopped carrots, peas, maybe some dried beans like kidney or chick peas, and adjust all the seasoning to taste.
• Canada
14 Jul 08
When it's too hot to cook, my husband and I usually enjoy a nice cold dinner of things like bread, danish cheese, smoked salmon, smoked oysters, shrimp, and raw vegetables. There's really very little "preparation" involved, and the heat doesn't bother us, because it's not the kind of meal that needs to be "cooked."
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
This sounds totally yummy.