Cooking Tips for Hot Weather

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When temperatures are high, it’s hard to keep your cool in a hot kitchen. The refrigerator is working overtime, and cooking on the range or running the dishwasher just adds more heat to the room.

But with a few tweaks to your routine and your appliances, you can keep the kitchen comfortable—and even save energy. Here are some hot-weather cooking tips from the experts at Consumer Reports.

The Refrigerator

In our refrigerator tests we crank up the heat in our test lab, but those aren’t the ideal conditions for a fridge. To keep your refrigerator humming but not running overtime, make sure the front grille is free of dirt—keeping it clean will improve airflow to the condenser. Likewise, clean the condenser coil with a brush or vacuum, and make sure the door closes tightly by washing the door gasket

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Chefs share 7 breakfasts you should cook in an air fryer and 5 you shouldn’t

Side by side pop tart and pancake

Breakfast dishes made in an air fryer can be a hit or miss. Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock; George Dolgikh/ Shutterstock

  • Air fryers can be used to make great breakfast meals, but not every dish should be cooked in one.

  • Chefs recommend making air-fried bacon and breakfast burritos.

  • They don’t suggest you make pancakes, frittatas, or omelets in the air fryer.

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Air fryers are handy countertop appliances that cook food with rapidly circulating hot air using little or no oil.

They’re a popular way to whip up snacks, but your air fryer can be used to make some tasty breakfasts.

Keep reading for the best and worst breakfasts to make in an air fryer, according to chefs.

The air fryer is great for breakfast burritos

Breakfast Burrito

Get crispy breakfast burritos in an air fryer. Brent Hofacker/ Shutterstock

Professional restaurant and catering chef Christina Musgrave

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