My Kitchen is too HOT to Cook In!

United States
June 6, 2009 3:36pm CST
We just recently moved to a new place and our kitchen is small and very hot. It seems as if the AC vents are not blowing enough air into the kitchen. We just replaced the fridge and I am hoping that will help too. I did buy heavy duty thermal curtains that are helping cut down the sunlight into the area. I am hoping that all of these changes will make my kitchen tolerable so that I can start cooking more. Have you ever been too hot to cook?
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@rusty2rusty (6769)
• Defiance, Ohio
6 Jun 09
Yes, I have been to hot to cook many many times. I live in Florida and sit and suffer the heat because most days we can't afford to have the AC on. On thoe days I don't try to do much.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I bet you do get hot! I love Florida though. I would be satisfied with a sandwich every night but I am afraid my meat and potatoes men would not.
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@imsilver (1669)
• Canada
6 Jun 09
Normally my kitchen isn't too bad, but we're in the middle of a heat wave and my entire house is way too hot to do much of anything. We've been living on leftovers that I can just throw into the microwave and heat up and even then it's not until 9 at night or so by the time it's cool enough to actually eat. Thankfully I've got lots of leftovers. We just had a big grad dinner for both of my sisters-in-law and I brought home almost everything that was left so we should be good for a couple more days yet before I actually have to turn on my stove and cook a meal.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I don't blame you for bringing home as much as you could! Sounds like a great idea to me!
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@zackn87 (345)
• United States
6 Jun 09
yeah small hot places are hard to be in when its the summer. you could try to find a cheap air conditioner. that could help.
• United States
8 Jun 09
We got the new fridge installed and it is proving to be much cooler because of it. We do have a small window unit that we could put in if it becomes necessary. My fiance is not wanting to do that but if it gets too hot I will boycott cooking if he does not.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Here in Oklahoma, the hottest part of the day is between 5 and 7 pm, just when you would normally be cooking. Our A/C works fine, but cooking still heats up the house too much. During the summer, I use my crockpot more, and of course we cook out and eat a lot of salads. When I do have to cook. I try to do it early in the morning, and then we reheat in the microwave at meal time.
• United States
8 Jun 09
Yes I love to use my crockpot too. I need to look up more recipes and try them. I am getting tired of the same old things. I would love to live off of salads and sandwiches during the summer but the rest of the household would die of hunger.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Jun 09
There's getting to be more and more crockpot recipes online. I guess with more households with 2 working people, it has seen a resurgence in popularity. Good thing for us, huh? I agree about the salads and sandwiches. Life would be so much easier.
• United States
9 Jun 09
Yes life would be much easier with just salads and sandwiches during the summer. My family would revolt though. I love finding all sorts of new recipes though!
• India
8 Jun 09
Hi shellyann..... firstly congratulation for your new house.......since your kitchen is small you should install a good exhaust system......this will help in throwing the hot gas and steam generated while cooking......an A/C doesn't work well in a kitchen.....it gradually effect your A/c also.....you can install a chimney which will extract all the hot gases and smoke which come out while cooking........these chimneys are fitted right on top of your cooking range and will not have any effect on your A/C......you can just try this out as i have myself used to face this same problem.......
• United States
9 Jun 09
We do have a decent exhaust system. Our problem was an ailing fridge that we just replaced this past weekend. The kitchen has cooled down quite a bit since it was replaced. Thank you for your suggestions!
• Lithuania
7 Jun 09
i use a condicionier sometimes when is too hot and is no choice to open a window. Most time i am cooking with open a window.
• United States
8 Jun 09
The humidity here is a real kicker. I would cook with the window open if it were not so humid outside.