Chris' Corner: Eco-friendly Kitchen Tips - Part One

Eco-friendly Kitchen Tips - Part One

The following tips might help you reduce the energy you consume (and save you some money) while cooking in the kitchen:

  • Use a toaster oven/infrared cooker/microwave - these appliances use a fraction of the energy that a full-sized oven consumes and often is a perfect size for heating/re-heating/cooking a meal
  • When Boiling Water - use the electric kettle first, it can be up to twice as efficient as boiling a pot of water on the stove. When hard boiling eggs, making pasta, cooking vegetables etc, use your electric kettle to boil the water first.
  • Cook using residual heat - this is not as tricky as it sounds... Reduce your energy use when roasting, making casseroles or baking by turning the oven off a few minutes before the recipe indicates and use the heat of the oven to finish the dish (if you are cooking a meat, use a meat thermometer to ensure you reach the correct temperature),
  • Use the Right-Sized Burner - Do Not put a small pot on a large burner / When using a gas burner, ensure that the flame is completely below the pot
  • Skip Preheating when you can - A general rule of thumb is that any dish that needs to be in the oven for 45 minutes or more (such as casseroles, lasagna, baked potatoes, baked beans, winter squash, roasts) can be started in a cold oven. And keep the oven door closed, opening it can reduce the temperature in the oven from 25 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, if you need to look, look through the glass window in the door. *** Breads and baked cookies require a preheated oven for better results.
  • Use a Pressure Cooker - Can save up to 70% of the energy consumed by cooking on a stove. Added benefits are that it keeps the kitchen cooler, retains more nutrients, and the super-heated steam tends to intensify flavour, which can help you reduce the amount of salt and/or fat that you add.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsChris Smith • September 29 2011 04:17PM

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HI Chris,

Excellent tips to conserve a bit of energy, and not loose a beat, you have provided some very useful and practical energy savings tips.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris - Lots of great ways to save energy in the kitchen.  Another way to save money on electricity in the kitchen is to do your cooking during offpeak electricity hours when the rates are less expensive - like in the middle of the night.  However, that will get more into a political discussion best suited for other venues.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, these tips help you Save Our Planet and your pocketbook easily

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

With time of use pricing, off-peak use is definitely the way to go, Marc

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris this is a great series of AR posts, I have read all three of them already. Thanks

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

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