How to manage cooking during a heatwave: Essential summer 'do's and don'ts'

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As the scorching sun beats down and temperatures soar, managing cooking during a heatwave becomes more of a challenge than ever. With our essential summer cooking tips, you can breeze through mealtime without breaking a sweat.

From light and refreshing recipes to smart kitchen strategies, discover how to keep your cool while cooking during even the hottest heatwaves.


  • Lighter foods: Embrace refreshing salads, chilled soups, and light, quick-cooking meals that won't weigh you down in the heat.
  • Plan ahead: Beat the heat by preparing meals in the cooler hours of the day or even the night before. Utilize slow cookers, instant pots, or meal prepping to minimize cooking time during peak temperatures.
  • Keep hydrated: Stay hydrated while cooking by sipping on water or other hydrating beverages. It's essential to replenish fluids lost through sweat during hot weather.
  • Use appliances wisely: Opt for energy-efficient appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, or induction cooktops that generate less heat compared to traditional stoves and ovens.


  • Overuse stove and oven: Minimize stove and oven use during a heatwave as it can quickly heat up your kitchen. Save heavy cooking on flames, baking and roasting for cooler days or evenings.
  • Forget about food safety: With soaring temperatures, it's crucial to practice proper food safety measures. Keep perishable foods refrigerated promptly and avoid leaving them out in the heat for extended periods.
  • Neglect ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in your kitchen to help dissipate heat and improve air circulation. Use exhaust fans or open windows to let hot air escape.
  • Elaborate meals: Simplify your cooking routine during a heatwave. Focus on quick, easy-to-prepare meals that require minimal time and effort.
  • Ignore signs of overheating: Pay attention to your body while cooking in hot conditions. If you start feeling overheated, take a break, hydrate, and cool down before continuing.

By following these simple tips, you can navigate cooking during a heatwave with ease, ensuring that delicious meals are served without turning up the heat in your kitchen.

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