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Top 5 tips to keep a Texas kitchen cool

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Keep the kitchen from being fiery hot during the summer.

Your kitchen doesn’t have to be a heat trap during the sweltering heat of summer. Prep ahead, take it outside, or use those handy appliances sitting in the corner to maximize efficiency and minimize time spent slaving over the stove. Here are the top 5 tips to keep your kitchen #TexasCool.

5 – Get into the meal prep grind. Cooking in big batches is one of the best ways to save some money  and time in the kitchen this summer. Plan out your meals for the week and freeze them until you’re ready to use so all you need to do it reheat. Finally, an excuse to stand in front of the open freezer.

4 – Use a slow or pressure cooker. Both are energy-efficient options to minimize heat output. Set it and forget it or whip it up in minutes to enjoy a lot less time in the kitchen and a lot more time on the couch with a mini mister fan.

3 – Grill outside. It might be blistering on the patio, but it’ll stay nice and cool in your kitchen. Brave the heat to roast some burgers and veggies on the grill, then reenter the sanctuary that is an air-conditioned home.

2 – If you do need to use the oven (hello, cherry pie), plan to cook early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are, one can hope, slightly lower.

And the No. 1 way to keep the kitchen cool during a Texas summer … stay away from that oven. Summer produce means it’s the perfect time to try out some new no-cook meals. They’re healthy, delicious and, most importantly, require absolutely no heat source. As an added bonus, you’ll also be using less energy.

This week’s #TexasCool reader question: What are the Top 5 Texas musical artists? Give us your answers in any of the following ways: on Twitter and Instagram (using the #TexasCool hashtag), on our Facebook page (in a comment on any of our #TexasCool posts), or by email.

Plus, enter our weekly contest to win help toward summer electricity bills. See the full rules on #TexasCool.