The Energy Efficient Chef – Home Tips

By on February 3, 2016

There are many ways of saving costs on your energy bills. Let’s have a look into our kitchen as this is where the most energy is consumed! A lot of energy goes into preparing your meals and we are going to see how we can make a difference while cooking.

Did you know…

Do you know how long it takes to bring a pot of water to boil on an electric stove? Full blast, boiling water can use up to 2400 watts per hour. Crazy! So don’t use cold water straight from the tap, for example. When you need to bring water to the boil to cook pasta for example, boil the required water in the kettle first? It uses less energy to heat, it is faster and quite handy when you are in a hurry. This will definitely save you money on your energy bills in the long run.

Same thing goes with frozen foods – make sure frozen foods like meat come to room temperature before cooking. That will speed up your cooking time. The only thing is that you just need to be a little bit more organised. Think of what you could cook the night before and take that frozen turkey breast out of your freezer to defrost overnight in your fridge. Simple!

Other home cooking tips

When cooking vegetables, cut them into smaller pieces so you will reduce the cooking time. It works wonders when roasting those delicious potatoes for your Sunday dinner. Since we eat with our eyes, having more small pieces of vegetables on your plate will make you feel like you’ve eaten a lot!

When baking, opening the oven to check that fish or cake will not benefit you at all. Every time you open the door, the oven temperature drops 25 to 30 degrees and will cause the oven to reheat itself, which means it will require more energy. Why waste so much energy? Refrain from opening the oven while it is still cooking. Another smart tip is to turn off the oven just before your food is completely cooked, and allow the heat in the dish to continue the cooking process for you.

Smart buy and smart cooking

If your oven is 10 years old or more, then it might be time for you to head to the stores and get yourself a more energy efficient appliance. Look for A-rated ovens and other appliances as they are proven to save more energy than lower-graded appliances. So by investing in A-rated appliances, you will be more energy efficient and you will also be aware of how these appliances might affect your energy costs.

Even if you have an energy efficient oven, sometimes your other appliances provide a less expensive way to cook. A toaster oven or microwave may be a more economical way to cook small- to medium-sized meals. So, if you do not have a microwave oven yet, you should consider investing in one as this is the most energy efficient appliance you can use for cooking. Microwave ovens can cook your food in a much shorter time and even require half the power needed for conventional ovens.

You can also use a steamer. You can cook more food and make the food tastier and healthier. There are cheap food steamers on the market (2 or 3-tier steamer). Using ceramic or glass when cooking would also be your ideal cooking allies as they do not need very high temperature for cooking.

Make a wise choice by becoming more energy efficient and spend more time with your feet up than standing in the kitchen. BON APPETIT!

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