Saturday, June 30, 2012

Take the Crock Pot Outside

Have you ever thought twice about cooking in a crock pot during the summer because you did not want to make your hot house even hotter? I have! During the hot days of summer, I try to limit my use of the oven and the crock pot, and sometimes even the stove. Obviously, cooking with the oven, crock pot, and stove will increase the temperature in your kitchen. I read a little tip on a eco-friendly forum about keeping your crock pot in the breezeway/mud room or even outside on the patio table. Basically, keeping the crock pot out of the house. Since we have a perfectly good (and hot) breezeway, I thought this would be the perfect location to leave the crock pot cooking all day long. The breezeway is right outside of the kitchen, so I could keep an eye on the crock pot, but not worry about making it hotter in the kitchen or smelling up the house. Additionally, I am sure that the hot temperature of the breezeway helped the crock pot stay at the right temperature. If you have electrical outlets outside your house, such a breezeway, deck, patio, or even garage, take the crock pot outside to keep the heat out of the kitchen. If you are worried about flies or bugs, place an old kitchen towel over the top surface area.

>> What are you tips for keeping heat out of the kitchen in the summer?
 


4 comments:

Angie said...

Great idea especially since as you said the idea is to not heat up the kitchen in the summer. I cook in my crock pot several times a week. I have outdoor outlets. This will work.

InezbyDesign said...

What a good idea! I don't often think of using my crock pot in the summer, but will have to do a rethink. I have been looking at baking recipes for the crock pot, especially bread and would love to try it out. Thank you for sharing.

Debra Lee said...

We use the Electric Roaster outside in the summer to keep the kitchen cool!

Courtney Tucker said...

Good idea, now if I could just get the oven outside! :/

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