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Recycle the Heat From Your Oven

If we have been using the oven during the winter or cooler months, we leave the oven door open after baking. The heat is turned off of course but my goodness, all the heat you can "recycle" by simply leaving the oven door open for a few minutes.

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I refer to it as "recycled heat" because we've just paid for it to cook/bake with and now we can use it for additional warmth to the kitchen area. You don't want to do this during the summer or hotter months because it will make your kitchen even hotter. However, during the cold winter months, it sure feels good to feel it rolling out of the oven.

By Marsha Fleenor from Greenville, NC

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

I purposely bake and roast during the winter for the heat, lol! My husband loves it when it snows because he knows a baking spree is about to give him lots of chocolate chip cookies and banana bread-his favourites.

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When I lived in the States (Deep South, wowsa those are hot climates!), I froze a lot of what I baked and roasted in the winter for microwave warm-ups during the warmer months. I found that saved a lot of money. Running the oven in warmer months not only overheats the house but then costs more to cool the room if the AC is working.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

"I purposely bake and roast during the winter for the heat, lol! My husband loves it when it snows because he knows a baking spree is about to give him lots of chocolate chip cookies and banana bread-his favourites".

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That is about the wildest thing I ever heard. I love it!

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

Have a pan/kettle of steaming water, from the oven or stove-top, to disseminate that precious heat and then the moisture holds it longer.

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March 19, 20121 found this helpful

A small investment in a toaster oven can save time and electricity, besides the kitchen heat. It can cook anything that will fit in it.

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

I have done that for years. It's "almost" like standing in front of a fireplace....although not nearly as romantic as a fireplace! *L*

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March 22, 20120 found this helpful

I have always done this, but instead of leaving the door completely open i put a couple of potholders to "wedge" it open and the heat lasts a long time. I once read that a hot, turned off oven can heat up to 1000 cubic feet (slightly larger than a 10 x12 room) for almost 3 hours!

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January 30, 20130 found this helpful

Well it's obvious that everyone's been doing this for decades. It's a good OLD idea.

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March 9, 20151 found this helpful

I thank you for writing about recycled heat. It's really a great thing for heating our homes and reduces cost on heating equipments.

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