Today’s challenge from Reduce Footprints is about saving energy in the kitchen. This is so interesting that this is the topic of today because I planned to share my current kitchen related thoughts.
Several years ago my husband came home from work and said “we are getting rid of the microwave”. He had seen a video at work on health issues related to the microwave and he wanted it gone. After I calmed him down a bit, I convinced him that I really needed it in the kitchen. Today, instead of heating up dinner in the microwave I used a small saucepan and lid on the stove. It worked great! In fact, I think the food actually tasted better. The microwave tends to make meat come out like rubber, but on the stove, it was nice and juicy and so easy to chew.
My goal is to try to live without the microwave and if after a month I’m able to pull it off, out the door with the microwave!
Now on to ways to save electricity in the kitchen.
- Use air dry on the dishwasher.
- Use the light over the sink to wash the dishes instead of the main light. The light over the sink tends to be just one bulb, that is bright enough to wash the dishes, but uses less electricity than the main one on the ceiling.
- Make extra. I do this every time I cook. I make extra and then we enjoy the leftovers. This works great if you have a crockpot. Fill your crockpot with whatever you are making, instead of just making enough for the evening. If you don’t like leftovers, freeze the rest and reheat it a week or two later and it won’t seem like a leftover anymore.
- One day a week do the dishes by hand. I really like my dishwasher, but when I have a light cooking day, I do the dishes by hand and dry them on the counter on top of a towel.
- Try one pot meals, where you cook the entire meal in one pot. This cuts down on using multiple burns.
- Eat raw and fresh. Instead of cooking the veggies, try them raw and fresh. The fresher they are the better they will taste. This will save on electricity and also be good for your health!
- Go manual. Do you use an electric can opener? Try a manual one. Do you mash potatoes using a mixer? Try a masher and work those arm muscles.
Do you have a way to save electricity in the kitchen? I would love to hear it!