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How To Prepare Your Kitchen for Summer Cooking

How To Prepare Your Kitchen for Summer Cooking
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How To Prepare Your Kitchen for Summer Cooking

Summer is coming, and with all the sunny days and excitement, you can bet you’ll cook quite a bit for your friends and family. This is completely natural, especially if you have an outdoor kitchen where you want to take advantage of the beautiful weather. That said, there are some things you must do to prepare your kitchen for cooking during the summer. We’ll examine what you can do to the entire kitchen and what you can do when you’re cooking a meal. Enjoy our examination below.

The Macro:

There are a few things you should do when summer is approaching. For most people, that includes cleaning in spring. However, for many individuals, summer is a great time to do seasonal decluttering on a macro level. What do we mean by macro level? Well, we’ll discuss things you can do in your kitchen as a whole rather than just when cooking meals for your family. Don’t worry, though. Below, we’ll dive into the micro changes you can make in meal prep. For now, let’s get started with the big picture.

Add Flowers

Setting flowers on the counter is a great way to introduce color into a room. The scent of fresh flowers is generally also pleasant and light. You can get many great bouquets from your local flower shop that include a myriad of summer seedlings, such as sunflowers, roses, and tulips. Why not mix and match? Flowers are relatively simple to take care of; they require very little upkeep and add to the room’s overall ambiance. Don’t forget to place matching flowers in the dining room as well. Your guests will be pleased that you took the extra step.

Rearrange and Declutter Your Counters

Spring cleaning might be a thing of the past by summer, but you should rearrange what’s on your counter at least seasonally. This means you should declutter during the fall and winter months as well as summer. But decluttering is especially important for summer, as you’ll be more likely to have guests over and want to make a good impression.

The best way to do this is to arrange your smaller appliances logically by type. Your coffee appliance should go next to your packets of tea and coffee. You should flank your blender with fresh fruits like bananas and apples or appliances like a food processor or slow cooker. The possibilities are endless, and that extra space will make the room seem more expansive once you declutter.

Deep Clean

Deep cleaning is an extension of decluttering, and you should do it during and after the decluttering process. Deep cleaning isn’t just part of spring cleaning. You should do it once a month to keep your kitchen spick and span. Remember, you’ll likely have guests over at some point, and who wants to see dirt and grime on the countertops where you’ll be making their food?

Make sure you clean the inside of your oven or switch on the self-cleaning option and sweep it out. Wash down your walls and baseboards and treat your counters. Ensure you get under the counters as well if there’s an overhang, and if you have a gas stove, clean around the burners. Wipe off any smudges from your fridge, especially if it’s stainless steel. Then, wipe your dishwasher. Ensure you clean off any backsplashes, especially above your oven, since that section is the most visible.

Create an Herb Garden

What’s better than a garden of fresh herbs and spices on a windowsill? Not only are they fragrant, but you can incorporate them into your food. Your food will taste better because the ingredients it contains are fresher. You can pick up all the herbs you want in the summer because so many are on the market during the season. Bay leaves, chives, oregano, rosemary, and even basil are all excellent choices for summer herbs. For a fragrant, sumptuous meal, you can place them in hamburgers, soup, and spaghetti sauce.

Get a New Oven

This suggestion may seem strange initially, but why not get a new appliance if it’s time? Rather than forking out money on continuous repairs, you could purchase a modern oven that’s energy efficient. This investment is far more likely to save you money on your energy bill in the long run. Furthermore, they’re self-cleaning, so you’ll spend less time maintaining them overall. If your stove is at least 10 years old, it might be time for a replacement. This is a great way to prepare your kitchen for summer cooking.

The Micro:

Let’s say that it’s time to cook for friends. There are a few things that might make the experience uncomfortable. First, it’s exceedingly hot in the summer and even hotter when you’re cooking. Additionally, there will likely be a ton of bacteria and grime in the air and on your surfaces. Because of these things, you need to be prepared. We’ll give you some ways you can better prepare yourself for summer cooking below.

Avoid Turning On Your Oven

Many people, when they buy an oven from their home appliance store, want to use it. That’s pretty obvious, right? It’s natural to use your appliances, but in summer, we suggest you give them a break when possible. You can easily cook on the stovetop instead, which might be a better choice than making your entire kitchen feel like the inside of a pizza box on its way to delivery.

Choose the Proper Meal Prep Time

Even in a heat wave, you can expect temperature fluctuations throughout the day. You can avoid a ton of sweat by looking at the weather channel and planning what time you will cook. Perhaps it’s easier for you to cook in the morning and at night, though those may not be traditional times to do dinner prep. For example, on Sunday morning and evening, you can do any necessary cooking and freeze the food for later.

Try Simple Recipes and Avoid Overheating

Cooking can involve quite a few moving parts. You might find yourself going to the fridge, chopping board, sink, and back. The legwork and stress will surely take a toll on you. You can heat up relatively quickly with all this activity, so simplify it and opt for recipes with only a few steps from start to finish. Ensure the steps are simple, and you’ll spend less time in the kitchen.

If you’re looking to get some appliances for your kitchen, now is the best time! Shop here at Town Appliance. We have many appliances for you to enjoy.

How To Prepare Your Kitchen for Summer Cooking

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For the past five years, he has dedicated his expertise to the appliance industry, becoming well-versed in the intricacies of home appliances, their cutting-edge technology, and ever-evolving features.

As a passionate mechanical engineering enthusiast, Daniel keeps a vigilant eye on emerging trends and innovations in the appliance sector. With a profound understanding of both the engineering principles and the consumer demands, he brings a unique blend of knowledge and practical insight to his blogs.

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