How to Keep Your Kitchen Cool in the Summer

When I got in the car today to run an errand the thermometer read 95 degrees. I am sure if you live in the south it is even hotter. I know that when my house is hot I don’t feel like cooking and there is a huge temptation to eat out or get take out.

how to keep your kitchen cool in the summer


When I have to turn my oven on in an already hot house, I am ready to give up. Limiting your oven use in the summer can save you money.

Here are some tips to keep your kitchen cool during this hot summer.

  • Use the grill– During the summer time plan meals that use the grill instead of the oven. Hamburgers, hotdogs, kabobs, chicken, fish, steak, potatoes, vegetables, you can cook almost anything on your grill.
  • Use your crock pot– Here is a little crock pot trick. If your crock pot is heating up the kitchen put it outside (in the shade) or in the garage.
  • Make skillet meals – Pasta, rice, and beans are all made on the stove top. Cook these items and throw in some meat from the grill. Quesadillas and grilled cheese are easy meals and can be served with fresh fruit.
  • Once a week baking – I try to have one day a week that I use my oven for several hours. I make bread, muffins, bagels, cookies, and make ahead any meal items for the week. That way I only heat up my oven and my house once a week.
  • Use your breadmaker- If you don’t do a lot of bread baking, bake your occasional loaves in the bread maker.
  • Consider the where the sun sets on your house – Use your oven either in the morning or the evening, depending on when your kitchen is cooler. In our old house, the sun set on a huge bay window in our kitchen. I tried to use my oven in the morning to minimize the effects of the afternoon sun.
  • Solar Oven- I think we all made one of these in girl scouts, but this has become one of my husband’s dream projects. From what I have read they really do work, and the food tastes pretty good. My only complaint, what will the neighbors think? I mean we already have 7 bikes, 3 scooters, 4 nerf guns, 2 soccer balls, a pair of shoes, one glove, and a crock pot in our front yard. Do we need to add an oven?
  • Eat salads, smoothies and cereal– It is okay to get creative with dinner. On really hot days make a hearty smoothie and pop some popcorn. This is much healthier than eating out, and you will probably win mom of the year.

Here are some recipes to help you get started.

Our meal from last night was oven free…

Grilled chicken legs, steam broccoli, sweet potatoes (on the grill) and rice. This meal was easy, healthy, and the kids loved it.


  1. I’m going to check out those recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    I also make the most use of my crock pot, electric skillet, indoor grill, and my GT Xpress when it is really hot outside. We are going to try homemade corndogs on the GT Xpress today.

  2. Great Tips! A Crockpot in the front yard! Laughing! Ours goes in the back on the grill. Its shady in the evening there. Recipes look awesome! thanks for sharing.

  3. A toaster oven is also great! Sometimes, you need to bake. But a toaster oven generates MUCH less heat than a full size oven. I got one that holds almost all my 9×13 pans (pyrex with handles don’t fit). I do 90% of my cooking in this now, winter and summer, as it uses a LOT less electricity. 🙂

  4. Thanks for all the recipes and tips for staying cool in the kitchen.

    I try to not use the oven on hot days too by using my crockpot and grill.

    Who cares what the neighbors think….you have kids and you have to eat despite the heat! LOL

  5. Good Morning, Toni!

    Thanks for the tips and recipes. A lot of these tips I already utilize, but there were one or two that I didn’t, and isn’t great when those are pointed out? 🙂

    I really need to get a breadmaker…

    Going to check out your smoothie recipe – have a great day!


  6. Me too – I need to start making bread. Thanks for the great tips. Those chicken legs look awesome. I really love when my husband smokes meat – No kitchen use at all!!

  7. We use our grill regularly through the summer. I’ve even learned how to start it myself!! I’ll have to check out the grilled pizza! I bet my kids would love it!!

    Thanks for sharing,

  8. Sunday I baked a Chicken Ring, Brownies, Baked Poatoes and 2 mini meat loaves. I figured while the oven was hot, I should put it to good use 🙂

  9. Great tips! Our crockpot currently lives on our back porch to avoid heating up the house.

  10. Good ideas! 🙂 Thank you!

  11. Great tips! I talked about this back in May but you’ve got a few I didn’t think of.

    It’s canning season here in Arkansas and we’re considering buying a small stove so I can do that outside as well as baking.

    Lately I have also been considering using my big roaster oven (like you use at Thanksgiving) out on the porch. It can sit out there and because of how hot the outsides get…bugs and critters should leave it alone.

    Great post and I love your blog! Keep it coming!

  12. We like to do a lot of easy salads with protein to make a meal or different kinds of healthy wraps. Both are fresh and light and usually require little to no cooking. Thanks for sharing the great ideas.

  13. Thanks for the suggestions. For Thanksgiving we always use our oven roaster on the porch to save room in our kitchen oven. Never thought to put a crock pot out there to cook a meal. You just opened up a whole new world for our summer dining.

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