If you’re looking to save energy at home, starting in the kitchen is a smart move, especially when it comes to your stove and oven use.
It’s easy to save energy if you use your stove and oven correctly:
Keep both your stove and oven clean. Dirt and grime interferes with proper cooking time and may waste extra energy. Clean the interior of your oven, the stove top reflector pans (or glasstop), and the fan regularly.
Keep the door shut. It’s irresistible to peek inside your oven as food is cooking, but you shouldn’t. Peeking into your oven won’t make that cake rise any faster. It will waste energy though each time you open the door. Use the light instead and look through the oven window.
A little pot on a big old burner allows heat to escape easily, thus wasting energy. Always use appropriate sized pots and pans that fit the burner size.
Toaster ovens and microwaves use less energy than your oven. When possible, use one of these options instead?
Did you know that you can turn your oven off about ten minutes early, and your food will still cook through. Leave your dish inside the oven with the door closed for the last ten minutes to save some energy. You can also do this with some stove top foods, like pasta. Allow the water to boil, but turn off the burner before your noodles are all the way cooked. Place a lid on the pot to keep heat inside.
Thaw foods in the fridge before you cook them as frozen foods take longer to cook.
Check your oven door seal. A broken, loose or dirty seal doesn’t let your oven door close properly and allows heat to escape.
Preheating is overrated. I will preheat for baked goods that are testy – i.e. homemade bread, cookies, etc. However, many food items don’t really need the whole preheated treatment. For example, frozen tator tots for the kids or baked yams.
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