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Unread 10-22-2003, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default What is a 'summer kitchen'?

I never heard the term before coming here. What exactly is it?
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The purpose of summer kitchens were to keep the main house cooler in the summer by putting the cooking and cleaning duties in a separate building.

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Cooking in an open fireplace in summer can cause the kitchen to become extremely hot, so in Early America it was common for people to build a separate building called a "Summer Kitchen" where much of the food would be prepared during the summer months. The summer kitchen would contain a large fireplace with an oven, and usually a large table which was used as a work surface.

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Michelle, Aussie mamma has given some great information.

A summer kitchen is a small building, usually away from the main house, where the canning/preserving, washing of clothes, etc was done in the extremely hot weather, so has not to heat up the main house. At times, the summer kitchen was attached to the house, but was situated so that it didn't warm up the main part of the house.

Nowadays, there are very few summer kitchens, because we have a/c, but I've always wanted one. Its a wait and see game as to what the town will allow us to build, although I have found a small building that I would like to have moved on our property. If it sits on ties, then we don't need approval from the town.
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ahhh ok thanks for the information
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