Do you bake in the humid heat of Summer?

United States
May 1, 2007 11:37am CST
I love to bake goodies all year round. The one time that I do not bake much is in the summertime. If I need to bake I will do it in the cool of the evening when the fans are going full blast. This helps to keep it cool when the oven is going. Do you bake in the summer or buy what you want at the store?
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@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
1 May 07
Hi Elusive, In regards to baking on humid heat in our summer I still do bake but not as much as I do during the winter season. I do not like to buy food already cooked from the shop I prefer to cook our own or have salads instead.
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• United States
2 May 07
I hate store bought baked goods. Hubby will occasionally buy a roasted chicken from the grocery store, but it is usually very greasy.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
5 May 07
I think that we do cook more in the winter. We get all the hot stuff that we can find, and make that so out tummies are nice and warm, and we can vision something Warm!! LOL :) Salads are a great idea for the summer. They are light, and do not make you hot. They are also easy to make!! :)
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
1 May 07
In the summer, I bake at night too. There are only a few times during the summer when it becomes too hot to bake if I want to. I've also baked corn bread and biscuits on the gas grill.
• United States
1 May 07
I have tried to bake a pie in our Big George because you can use it to bake in as well. It didn't work as well though. It was a waste of good berries.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
1 May 07
That's too bad. I hate to waste berries.
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• United States
8 May 07
Baking on the gas grill is something that I would like to try. There is a guy who lives in the south that cooks everything on the grill. I will have to ask our roomie about it again. He told me about it.
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
1 May 07
I don't bake that often anymore at all, but my daughter enjoys it, so she'll likely do some this summer. I do use the oven all year long, but we have two window air conditioners, one on each floor. We live in a townhouse complex, and the heat becomes trapped inside, because we're in the middle of two other units. Most times, we buy store bought baked goods ... but it's just not the same.
• United States
2 May 07
You also have the additives and perservatives that they put in the baked goods that you buy in the store.
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• United States
1 May 07
I try to stay away from baking in the summer because it gets way to hot. I might if my daughter wants cookies but then I make sure that my air is on. We are usually to busy in the summer to even cook inside. We do alot of grilling outdoors when it gets really hot.
• United States
1 May 07
My husband flips if I turn on the oven in the summertime. I may take the toaster oven outside and bake a small batch of cookies or other things this summer. I wish I had a larger one that would accomodate a pie.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 May 07
I dont like to bake in the summertime. It makes the house way to hot. I usually buy all the goodies.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
2 May 07
I agree, I do not like baking during the day. My kitchen faces the sun in the afternoon and evening. So, it really warms up my kitchen. Then to baking during that time...it can get really hot and spread to the den where the main traffic area is in the house. So, I rather wait until the evening when the sun has long gone down and the kids are usually going to bed. That helps also to either have a late snack or time for them to cool of for morning. :)
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• United States
2 May 07
I have baked turkeys late at night with the fans going. When I took my neices and nephew in for the summer, the rugrat total was 7. I would stay up late, pop the turkey in the oven, fans going full blast. When it was done I would let it cool for about an hour. Then strip if off the bone and put it in the fridge. I left the fans in the windows to finish cooling off the house. We woke to a cool house and had turkey for the next 5 days.
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
2 May 07
How big was your turkey? Were any of the seven children teens? :) I have only been able to make a big turkey last 3 days in this house. ha ha But I also have boys that seem to be bottomless pits! LOL You are right! Putting fans in the widows really do help! Have you seen or tried those fans that will allow you to close the windows on the fans? I wonder how well those work.
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• United States
3 May 07
I have the fans that you can close the windows on. But, they are the least expensive ones. They work adequately, but nothing beats the large box type fans.
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• United States
2 May 07
No I very seldom bake or cook stews or anything that heats up the kitchen. I will spend more on buying this from the store but that evens itself out in what I save on eletricity.
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• United States
2 May 07
We use our gas grill in the summer. It has a side burner so I can make stews or one pot meals.
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• United States
2 May 07
That is really neat. I'm lucky I have a sharing neighbor who grills a lot. I cannot grill worth a darn. I really think that Americans are born knowing how to grill better than any other people.
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• United States
1 May 07
I love baked goods too and will sometimes do the microwave versions of cakes and such. There's even some microwave versions made by Betty Crocker that are awesome. Here's one recipe I make in the microwave and my kids love. I haven't made it in a long time. I think it's time again! LOL MICROWAVE CHOC-PEANUT BUTTER CAKE Printed from COOKS.COM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 pkg. Pillsbury snack chocolate microwave cake mix 2/3 c. water 1/4 c. oil 1/4 c. peanut butter 1 egg Grease pan provided with mix with solid shortening. In medium bowl combine all cake ingredients. Beat with spoon 75 strokes or until smooth. Pour into pan. Microwave 6 1/2 minutes on High. Cake is done when it pulls away from the sides. If not done, bake more at 30 second intervals. Watch carefully, immediately invert on serving plate. GLAZE: 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 tbsp. peanut butter 1 tbsp. butter In small bowl mix glaze ingredients, microwave 45-60 seconds on High. Stir until smooth. Spread on top and sides of cake. Serves 6-8. I have a microwave cheesecake recipe that I use all the time too. I'll post it as a discussion.
@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
2 May 07
This looks like it would be great if it weren't for two things. first I don't have a microwave and to I can't get thingslike Pillsbury snack chocolate microwave cake mix here in Portugal. Other than that I sure would love to try it. +
• United States
2 May 07
I will have to see if any of our stores carry such a product. I haven't tried baking in the microwave. I usually use a toaster oven for small batches of cookies or a quick one layer cake.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
2 May 07
I keep trying to lose weight, so I try not to bake. I will use the bread machine to bake bread in summer. I will use a toaster oven and bake up small batches of cookies. Otherwise, it will be late evening baking, or better yet, very early morning. I have baked cornbread on top of the stove in a covered cast iron skillet. I think one of our friends posted a cobbler in a crockpot recipe. I have baked biscuits in a covered skillet as well.
• United States
2 May 07
I will be putting the crockpot to good use this summer too. But, I prefer the gas grill. Once tag sales are in full swing I am searching for the larger toaster ovens. Mine is moderately sized, but the tops of pies tend to get a bit darker than I like for them to get.
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• United States
4 May 07
I bake all year around. It is always hot out here, I have the air conditioner on, so I just bake. I love cooking and baking. I will sometimes cut corners by using the range top to avoid extra heat from the oven.
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
2 May 07
Actually Elusive I have to admit that I am useless at baking lol I have never been any good at it
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
2 May 07
Well, since my oven doesn't work it really doesn't matter to me.lol. But when it did work, I very seldom made anything during the summer, but like you, I did it at night when it is a little cooler. I also have a toaster oven that doesn't throw out much heat so thats what I will probably use if I get the urge to bake something.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
2 May 07
I only bake if I have to in the summer- I hate a hot house in the summer- We keep the blinds drawn and the curtains closed during the day to keep some of the heat out- Nothing worse than having a fan blowing hot air at you. I’m not a huge baker anyways- But if I have to bake a desert in the summer heat- I too wait until the evening when it cools down outside. I never cook a meal in the oven in the summer heat. I prefer to grill out or do something cold! Often times I have ordered desert from my friend – she is ac certified baker- if I need to take something somewhere!
@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
2 May 07
I don't do baking a lot regardless weather. Still whenever I do I like to go with weather. So, in the summer time like you I also do bake in the evening. In that time you can just sit outside enjoying the fresh air and leave the house with the heating comes from baking.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
1 May 07
I wait at night also. The heat drives me crazy if I get over heated I get sick.
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
1 May 07
I don't like to do much goodie baking in the summer. Too hot! It's already hot outside and with running the a/c alot already, I don't want to add to it by having the oven on too. I do more baking in the winter and when the weather is cooler.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
2 May 07
I do bake in the summer. I try to do it at about 1 Am. It is usually cooler then and I turn on the exhause fan to get the heat outside. My husband loves treats in his lunch all year long and I try my best to have them onhand for him. We try to not purchase much prepared foods from the store.
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• United States
2 May 07
That is the best time to bake. Using the fans to pull the hot air out is helpful. When my kids were little I wanted to have some goodies around for them to snack on. I wasn't much into store bought goods.
• United States
15 May 07
I try to stay away from baking in the summer time. As a matter of fact I try to stay away from cookin at all in the summer time. If there is something that I am really craving and I can't get it at the store then I will bake or cook it in the summer time but other than that, I try to stay away.
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@draconess (651)
• Canada
15 May 07
I don't bake as often in the summer- the heat and humidity has me craving more cold foods, fresh fruits and veggies. I make desserts with fruits and ice cream or no-bake desserts more often than baking cookies or squares. I do still make bread, but I do it in the bread machine so it doesn't heat up the house.
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
8 May 07
the climate i live in is hot! all year round temperatures range from 25-35 degrees! sometimes that in the shade! so yes, I do bake in the humid heat. there is no other climate to bake in. guess it's more for our comfort right? doesn't affect the baking product if we do so in the heat of summer.
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