How to Use Your Kitchen When It’s Too Hot to Cook With Your Oven

You don’t need the heat in the summer. When turning on the oven seems like it’s going to be a bad decision, you don’t have to.

There are plenty of kitchen gadgets and ways to make food without tampering with heat in sweltering summer temperatures. Here are some of the best kitchen accessories to have in unbearably hot weather.


A microwave is the perfect way to heat up some leftovers quickly. A high-quality microwave allows you to nuke a meal without any hassle and makes it possible to feed the whole family if you’ve not the patience to stand around a hot oven.

Make Salads

Salads don’t have to be cooked. They just have to be cut. A quick fruit salad of lettuce, 1 apple, 1 pear, and a handful of nuts is a great protein-friendly meal. A veggie salad can involve any number of ingredients, as you see fit.

Instant Pot

When you have an Instant Pot pressure cooker, you can set it and let it do its thing without any intervention. A pressure cooker can cook some foods up to 70% faster. No more waiting around the oven.

Make A Smoothie

Another nice way to avoid the hot part of the kitchen but still enjoy something sugary, blend a smoothie up in a blender or food processor as you see fit. Like salads, you can mix all sorts of vegetables or fruits together and make something absolutely stunning. A nice cheat meal!

Air Fryer

If you like the thought of those summer-ready crispy foods, an air fryer uses minimal oil and produces restaurant-like food without any hassle. It’ll save you having to cook around oil, with some air fryers having surprisingly large capacities.

Have A BBQ

A BBQ outdoors is a lot different from being in a hot kitchen around the oven. Grill up a feast atop your favourite grill. With lots of cooking area on a BBQ and high heat, you don’t have to be overseeing it for long to make a household’s worth of food.

Dish Drying Rack

Use your dish drying rack instead of running the dishwasher. Unfortunately, the dishwasher also adds a ton of heat to your kitchen. At least, by doing dishes in the sink, you can control the temperature and do things at your own pace. The drying rack is there to quickly dry all the essentials you need for a meal.

When it’s too hot to cook, try these gadgets and dinner cheat meals instead. For even a night, believe us when we say, it can help get your mind off the heat. Shop small kitchen appliances, accessories, gadgets, and more at

*Image from our collaboration with The Unstoppable Mama, Sara Ballantyne.

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