If you want to cook delicious meals while staying eco-friendly, there are a few ways to do this to make your kitchen more sustainable.
If you’re an environmentally conscious individual, you’re always looking for ways to make your kitchen more sustainable. Eating natural local ingredients will keep you healthy, and will also reduce your carbon footprint.
Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can achieve sustainability in your kitchen.
Use Materials Built To Last
Reducing the number of items you waste will make your kitchen much more sustainable. For example, instead of using nonstick pans, which often don’t last very long, try using stainless steel or cast-iron pans instead. Although these items might cost more up-front, they’re much wiser investments in the long run because you’ll rarely need to replace them.
The same rule applies to your utensils, so investing in high-quality silverware, knives, and cloth towels will save you money long-term and will also make your kitchen more sustainable. If you like grilling outdoors, investing in your grill for the long term is one way to make your BBQ grill more eco-friendly. Protecting the grill from the elements is another important consideration. Rust can cut short the life of the kettle, a tray or legs.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances
There are countless energy-efficient appliances on the market today that weren’t always available in years past. By upgrading to modern appliances, your kitchen will minimize its carbon footprint by using less energy overall.
The best part is that the advances these appliances offer will save you the time and effort of dealing with an inefficient machine while also reducing your environmental impact. For instance, an energy-efficient dishwasher will wash your dishes for you and use much less water than cleaning them by hand. If you’re looking for appliance upgrades, be sure to look out for an Energy Star rating, which designates appliances that use their energy most efficiently.
Many people don’t like the new low pressure water-saving faucets that have been regulated into our lives. If you want to hang on to your old faucet, be attentive to minimize running water when it doesn’t need to be running. Use a material-safe scrubber in place of running water at high pressure for a prolonged period.
Practice Cooking Sustainably
Some of the most well-known cooking techniques use wasteful energy practices that are unnecessary for creating a delicious meal. For instance, modern ovens can heat up very quickly, which means that preheating is virtually obsolete. Use a meat thermometer to make sure your food is safe, and experiment with cooking at a lower temperature, and leaving food set in the oven longer with the energy turned off. You’ll need to be concerned with the dryness or hardness of food that is cooked with a variety of techniques. You might find that longer, slower oven cooking tastes better, taking advantage of an oven that stays hot while it’s turned off. Cooking more sustainably means that you must remain aware of your habits, so take an audit on your energy usage while you cook and start practicing better habits if you want to make a difference.
Overall, if you want to make an impact, there are countless ways to make your kitchen more sustainable. Taking the time to cook more efficiently will truly make a difference and help you feel better about your cooking.
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