6 Tips To Cope With Summer Heatwave While Cooking And Eating
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The temperature has started making new records, and every day, it is hotter than before. During this time, it is unfathomable to stand near the stove and push oneself to cook food and eat it again. The whole experience of cooking food during this time not only kills one's appetite but also snatches away the joy of cooking food. However, there are a lot of easy practices that one can adopt in the day to day life that can make these blazing summer days more tolerable. 

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In fact, upon closer inspection, one realises that many parts of the world have been experiencing vicious and smouldering summers for a long time. Despite the high temperature, the locals remain oblivious and carry on with their days like any other person living in comparatively cooler parts of the world. Taking inspiration from these people, here are some amazing tips and tricks that one can adopt in their day-to-day life to make summers easier.

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* Avoid Contact With Heat

Avoid cooking food with any direct contact with heat. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different types of salads and indulge in innovative fireless cooking. Generally, people like to eat heavily cooked, fried, baked or barbecued meals. However, not only is it difficult to make this kind of food in the summer, but it is also equally difficult for the stomach to digest it as well. Try using seasonal vegetables like spinach, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, and cucumbers to make the meal extra refreshing and light.

* Avoid Food Wastage

One of the biggest downsides of the summer season is that everything starts getting bad quickly. Because of the frequent temperature fluctuations, most of the eatables that are stored in the refrigerator go bad before completing the shelf life. So an effective tip during this season is to only buy food items in small quantities. Avoid buying things in large quantities or family-size packages. Most people are often lured by discounts and end up buying food items in large quantities that often get dumped.

* Go Shopping At Night Or Early Morning 

Now, buying a small quantity of food means that one will have to stock up on the pantry essentials from time to time. This means that going to market will be more frequent and regular. Instead of going to the market during the daytime or in the afternoon, a person should choose a better time, such as early morning or late evening. The temperature is relatively better during this time and allows a person to shop more conveniently. Also, another important advantage of shopping early in the morning is being able to choose from the fresh produce that has just come to the shop in the morning. 

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* Hydration 

Hydration is the key to surviving the sweltering summer days. The only way one can go through such temperature rises is by keeping on sipping on something cold and hydrating. There are also a lot of other snacks that can provide a great deal of relief to the body during this time. This includes popsicles, ice creams, and some fruit yoghurt. One can simply store these different types of summer-friendly snacks in the refrigerator and keep on eating them throughout the day. A lot of fresh drinks such as lemonade, lemongrass juice, mint mojitos, and other such drinks can be made at home.

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* Don't Use Too Much Spice

A person should avoid using as much spice as they can. Hot weather can lead to a decline in the appetite of the person. At the same time, heat drains a person's energy. During this time, it becomes even more important for a person to eat healthy food that not only restores energy in the body but also makes a person feel hungry come time. Although spicy food is indeed delectable, having it on extremely hot days can be repulsive for the taste buds as well as for the stomach. Try making a concoction of different types of salads with some fresh meat or seafood during this season. Also, avoid using spices and go with some basic salt and pepper.

* Keep The Exhaust Fans On

Another essential tip that can come in handy while cooking food in the kitchen during summer is to keep the exhaust fan on most of the time. Even after a person is done cooking the food, they should keep the exhaust fan on for some more time. Just before a person is about to enter the kitchen, the exhaust fan should be switched on for 15 to 20 minutes before the cooking begins. These small steps help in ensuring that the temperature of the kitchen is optimal for cooking food.