Green Your Cooking

Regardless of whether you have a gas or electric stove, the biggest keys to green and efficient cooking are  your cooking habits and the cookware that is used.  On Planet Green, Josh Peterson offered 6 ways to green your cooking.

Turn off the Oven Early
There is no need to blast your stove on high the entire time your pizza is in there. You can cook the food in the oven’s residual heat. Turn off your oven about ten minutes early to save energy.

Bake Several Dishes at Once
Let’s say you have three dishes that need baked. Baking them all at once is a great way to conserve energy. You can cook three dishes for the electrical or gas price of one.

Clean Your Oven the Eco-Friendly Way
Don’ t clean your oven with crazy, killer chemicals that can quash the quality of your indoor air. Here’s an eco-friendly recipe for an oven cleaner by Natural Blends:1/4 cup of borax, 1/4 cup hot water, 1/4 cup bicarb soda, 5 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 drops of lime essential oil. Apply elbow grease as needed

Match the Pan to the Burner
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a 6 inch pan on an 8 inch burner wastes 40% of the energy produced by the burner.

Use Sturdy and flat-bottomed pan
A warped pan can use up 50% more energy than a flat-bottomed one.

Buy pans made of copper and cookware made of glass
Copper heats up faster than other metals and reduce the amount of energy that you need to cook. Glass and ceramic cookware heats faster than other materials in the oven.


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