Here are some easy ways to "green" up your kitchen.
- Cut foods into smaller pieces; they'll cook faster and require less energy.
- Use your toaster oven to cook single-serving or small portions of food; they use a fraction of the energy of a full-sized oven.
- Thaw frozen foods before cooking, to shorten cooking time and save energy.
- Keep pans covered with a lid during cooking, to retain heat and shorten cooking time.
- Don't use the garbage disposal; it requires large amounts of water and energy to get remaining solids from the wastewater plant to the landfill. Invest in a small home composter instead.
- Use the electric kettle for more than tea; it boils water faster than stovetop, and you can also use it to boil water for pasta and other foods.
- Use a pressure cooker for grains and beans to speed cooking time and reduce energy use by as much as 75 percent.
- During baking or roasting, turn the oven off during the last few minutes of cooking; the residual heat will finish the dish.
- Don't preheat the oven for foods with long—more than 40 minutes—cooking times.
- Glass and ceramic dishes conduct heat more efficiently than metal, so you can lower cooking temperature by 20—25 degrees.
via Better Nutrition