Eating what you have at home, no matter what your skill level may be, is a money saver. But it can be a more environmental saver too by making a few modifications to your habits, methods and style. We’re going to look at a few tactics for Green Cooking that will help you minimize waste, use less energy and water and even make less noise in the process.
Your Oven: If you are only cooking in small quantities, the full size oven is wasting a lot of energy. One train of thought is the smaller the meal, the smaller the appliance. Get a toaster oven for those one or two person meals.
Keep Clean: Keeping your appliances and cookware clean, you will get the most of the energy your appliance puts out and it will cook you food evenly and quicker. After you turn off the electric burner, you can keep cooking on it for a few minutes. Again, get the most from your appliances.
Upgrade Appliances: If you haven’t upgraded your appliances in 5 years or longer, its time. They come more energy-efficient today and while they may be an expense to purchase, the savings you’ll see on the utility bills will noticed. Replace them one at a time and the impact of cost won’t be so much.
Use The Surface: Use a pan or pot that fits the burner. When you use one too small, there is wasted energy escaping around it, this is especially so with electric stove tops. A 6” pan on an 8” burner wastes as much as 40 percent of the heat output. And when using gas stove tops, keep the flame at the same size as the pan or pot.
Preheat Not Needed: Very few recipes need really the oven preheated. Exceptions are breads or pastries. Otherwise, you are wasting energy. And quit opening the oven to check what’s going on. Use the timer and the window. Staggering the dishes will allow proper air flow, which makes things cook faster and evenly.
Piggyback Dishes: By using the same heat for more than one pan or pot, you’re saving energy. Multitask when possible and use cookware like a Chinese steamer that can cook a variety of dishes on multiple levels at the same time. Choose ceramic and glass cookware for better heat conduct and retention.
Heat And Thaw: Use the microwave to heat up left overs will save energy and get the meal on the table faster. When boiling water, keep the lid on and it will boil faster. Thaw you frozen foods and they’ll cook faster.
Under Pressure: A pressure cooker will use 50 to 75% less than other cookware making it not only easy but fast way of cooking. Buy a kettle to boil water instead of a pan and use less energy.
There are many other ways to go green with your cooking habits and styles. Surf the internet and use your common sense.