Eco-Friendly Cooking: It’s Not Just About Cooking Green

People who’ve embraced a ‘green’ lifestyle pride themselves on their recycling habits, organic food purchases and low household consumption of water and energy. That’s great! But leading a green lifestyle in the kitchen entails more than serving fresh green vegetables with every meal. There are numerous energy-saving tips, which the diligent cook can easily adopt to transform her kitchen into a truly green arena.

1. Use The Right-Sized Burner. 
Small pot = small burner. It’s a no-brainer.

2. Boil Water In An Electric Kettle, Then Pour Into A Pot For Boiling Rice,Pasta or Tea.
Electric kettles are twice as efficient as boiling water on a stove.

3. Cook With Residual Heat.
You can turn off the oven a few minutes before the recipe indicates; the oven will remain hot enough to finish cooking. You can also place side dishes alongside the main course in the oven instead of popping them in the microwave.

4. Eliminate Paper In Your Kitchen.
Use cloth napkins, absorbent towels and natural sponges.

5. Don’t Overwork Your Refrigerator.
The optimal temperature range for your refrigerator is 35–38°F (2-3°C) & the freezer should be 0°F (-18°C).

6. Select ‘Smart’ Appliances.
Toaster ovens can handle small items, pressure cookers zap beans/meats in a fraction of the time while retaining flavor and moisture!

7. Allow leftovers to cool down before placing them in the fridge.
Don’t stress your fridge unnecessarily.

8. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
Learn to stack it efficiently to maximum capacity.

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