Yes, it can be too hot to BBQ, especially this time of the year when the temps are constantly in the high 90’s and into the 100’s. It is also too hot to bake in the oven and even stove top cooking heats up the kitchen. The web is now covered with articles about cooking with a pressure cooker as a way to save energy and a cooler form of cooking. The process is quick and energy saving and also delicious and healthy. Did you know you can even cook bread in a pressure cooker in 5 minutes? This is much faster than the oven and much cooler.
When most people think of pressure cooking they most often think of one pot meals. While the pressure cooker is an amazing small appliance for producing delectable meals that are served in a bowl, there are recipes for almost anything you may want to cook that can be cooked in the pressure cooker.
The heat from cooking stays in the pot and doesn’t constantly release into your home. A savvy cook that uses the pressure cooker often to steam vegetables told me that she places the cooker outside when the steam is releasing to keep her kitchen cool. You can also do a quick release method for releasing the steam. But I actually have found that if you put the pressure cooker under the vent fan in your kitchen while it is releasing the steam the kitchen does not heat up.
So be adventurous and try using the pressure cooker to cook what you normally would on the grill and you will find BBQ ribs and chicken is falling-off-the-bone delicious but you also don’t need to stand outside in oppressing heat with the grill heat also baking you.
If you have any other ideas about how to stay cool while cooking in this heat we would love to hear from you in the comment box. SHARE this with anyone who complains to you about the heat–it just might help them out!