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Conserving in the Kitchen

Many of us are working hard to reduce our ecological footprint, and the kitchen is a good place to start. Here are some techniques to save energy there.

Cover your pots with lids, and your energy use will be two-thirds less than if you let your food simmer lid-free.

Use the smallest pot or pan that will do the job effectively, and match the cookware size to the size of your element. When boiling, use just enough water to do the job.

Use your oven only when you’re cooking large amounts. Ovens are inefficient because they have to be preheated, and  food absorbs only a small part of the energy they put out.
Use ceramic or glass pans when baking. This will allow you to lower the oven temperature by about 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turn off your oven several minutes before your food is ready. It will still be hot enough to finish cooking your food. I’ll have more ideas for conserving in the kitchen next week.

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