Beat-the-Heat Strategies for Summer Cooking
A few tips for keeping cool in the kitchen
With temperatures soaring we've got just what you need to satisfy your hunger (and keep your oven off) during this sweltering heat. Here’s our guide to our favorite beat-the-heat strategies: explore salads, make the most of your ice box, get grilling, and plug in your slow-cooker.
Enjoy raw or lightly cooked summer vegetables with a little bit of pre planning—always have a great salad dressing ready to go. Make a batch in a recycled jar or bottle to take the work out of rustling up a last minute salad or use it to dress leftover blanched and grilled vegetables such as steamed leeks or grilled asparagus for a summery side dish.
Add some interest to your salads with new flavors. Look to the Italians and follow the principles of agrodolce pairing sweet and sour elements: pair summer’s ripe melon with salty Prosciutto, tear off chunks of buffalo mozzarella or creamy burrata to pair with some ripe nectarines or peaches, or try big wedges of sliced of watermelon with salty feta crumbled over the top.
Keep your kitchen cool by cooking al fresco on the grill. Prep your food the evening before, marinating meats and veggies overnight. All you’ll need is a quick flash on the barbecue to finish your dish.
Make the most of your ice box
Ice cream, gelato and granita offer the perfect antidote to the oppressive heat. Churn your own and keep your freezer stocked with a wide array of these icy delights.