The Summer Kitchen

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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.

We use the summer kitchen to demonstrate colonial cooking techniques on colonial Craft Day in September and at various times during the year.  Here, one of our re-enactors is preparing apple pie in the beehive oven.


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