Top Summer Cooking Tips | What to Know

With each new season of the year comes a whole new set of cooking tips and rules. The stews of a cold winter night have no place on a blazing hot summer day, just like a bowl of ice cream feels out of place in the winter. Part of becoming a good chef is understanding what is seasonally appropriate and matching the feel and vibe of a season with the current taste profile. With the heat and relentless sunshine, summer can be a tough season to cook in, and that is why we provide you with our top summer cooking tips.

1. Grill Everything

It is BBQ season, and you should use your grill as much as possible. Grill your meat, grill your veggies, grill your entree, grill your dessert. No matter the occasion, use the good weather as an excuse to get outside and fire up the grill. You will regret it when the nights suddenly turn cold as fall turns to winter.

2. Try Some No-Cook Dinners

When you have been baking in the heat all day, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stovetop or near a hot oven. Summer is a time to experiment with a no-cook dinner, keeping the temperature of your food and your kitchen as low as possible. Make big salads for dinner, experiment with cool drinks, and get your cold desert game on point.grilled-vegetables-on-bbq

3. Preserve Your Fruits and Vegetables

Summer means an explosion of fruits, vegetables, and herbs available to purchase fresh for consumption. If you stocked up too much, don’t throw your leftovers away. Turn any leftover fruit into a delicious jam you can enjoy in the coming months. Also, take fruit that is about to go bad and throw it in with some wine and soda for a delicious sangria. For vegetables, try creating a sauce that can be preserved in a can, such as a tomato sauce, pesto, or hummus. Also, try taking all of your herbs and freezing them in olive oil, allowing you to cook with them when the weather finally turns cold.

4. It’s Salad Season

All of the available vegetables means it is salad season. This goes hand in hand with tips 2 and 3, as a salad uses all of the ripe fruits and vegetables while also avoiding the use of the oven. Not only is it a great way to get fresh and delicious vegetables in your diet, but salads also are a cold meal to enjoy on a hot day.

5. Make Homemade Lemonade

Summer and lemonade go together like peanut butter and jelly. While store bought lemonade or lemonade powder can be refreshing and delicious, it does not compare to homemade lemonade from scratch. Buy some fresh lemons and make some delightful lemonade to enjoy on the next hot day.

6. Dabble in Desserts

Ice cream can cure all wrongs. On a hot day that has left you in a puddle of sweat for the majority of the day, break out the ice cream and get creative in making a sundae. Add some delicious fresh fruit to the sundae to get a truly decadent dessert.

Learn Seasonal Tricks at the National Culinary Institute

If you want to be a master of all months when it comes to cooking, sign up for the National Culinary Institute today. At the National Culinary & Baking School, you will learn everything you need to thrive as a chef, including which foods are appropriate in certain seasons such as summer. To begin your culinary journey towards being a chef, contact us at our San Diego location today by calling (619) 249-5180.