eco friendly cooking – 10 tips
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We take daily meter readings here at Chez Green and despite having an A rated cooker, our energy use from making meals is undoubtedly one of the biggest aspects of our energy usage.
There are many things you can do, however, to reduce the amount of energy you use.
Here are our tips; please add your own to the comments!
If you don’t mind using them from a health point of view, a microwave oven uses a fraction of the energy of a conventional oven. Typically, a microwave will use 70% to 90% less energy than ovens.
Keep is slow
Using a slow cooker is a bit like using a candle to cook by! The energy usage is minimal, yet you get a warm, satisfying meal at the end of the day. Slow cookers are great for the time-poor cook too; simply prepare the meal in the morning, switch on the slow cooker and 8 hours later everything is cooked to perfection.
Keep the pressure high!
A pressure cooker is another way to reduce electricity usage. These cook foods in a fraction of the time and are great for batch cooking pulses.
If the oven is on, fill it! Don’t just cook one dish; add some cakes, biscuits, casseroles or soups – all of which can be frozen for later usage. The same with bread – don’t bake just one loaf, make four and freeze.
If you bake bread but don’t eat too much of it, then a breadmaker will pay for itself in no time. They use around 800 watts of power and you cook just the amount you want.
A tight fit
Make sure you use the right sized pan with a well fitting lid so that you retain the maximum amount of fuel where you need it most.
Keep it closed
Like lids on pans, keep the oven door closed as much as possible. Resist the urge to peep and your food will cook much quicker!
Hot and steamy
Unless you have a gas or induction hob, it’s probably more energy efficient to boil up cooking water in the kettle first, rather than on the hob.
Another ‘must have’ gadget is the steamer. You can cook an entire meal in a steamer which means you only need to use one hob ring instead of two or three.
Ensure your oven is in good working order. Periodically check the temperature with an oven thermometer and make sure the seals around the doors are in good condition.
Find out how turning off the ring can reduce your carbon footprint, discover how to save 20% on your cooking bill with this one simple step, and find out whether gas or electricity is more eco friendly.
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