6 Rules of Saving Energy When Cooking

Do you love cooking? We do too and here are the rules that you can use to save energy when cooking:

A Lid for Every Pot: you know the saying. This not only fits well with a person and his partner but also with the proverbial kitchen appliance. This allows water to be heated faster and food to be cooked more quickly if the lid fits on the pot. That saves up to 25% of energy.

Pay Attention to Pot Dimensions: the assumption that food (e.g., soups, sauces) can be heated faster in a wide, large pot than in a portion- sized pot is wrong. Heat and steam always rise, which is why even a small saucepan base can heat all ingredients quickly. Too much heat is lost with a large base unless you are using an induction hob. You can save about 20% energy with the pot rule.

Select A Cooking Zone: the induction cooker scores point here, too, because it does not heat the cookware itself but only heats the ingredients at the contact points on the bottom of the pan. If you use a conventional ceramic or electric hob, please ensure the correct relationship between the saucepan and cooking zone not to heat the surrounding area. The new full-surface induction hobs are even better than an induction hob, with which you can place a pot or pan anywhere on the hob and start cooking. The induction coils only strike at the intended point.

Use Residual Heat: applies again to ceramic and electric hobs. Simmering food does not need any additional heat 10 minutes before the end of cooking, as the residual heat provides enough energy.

Steaming Instead of Cooking: Many foods can not only be prepared more gently and healthily but also significantly more energy-efficiently if they are prepared with a steamer insert. For potatoes, broccoli, and other vegetables, only a little water needs to be brought to the boil to steam the food on medium heat.

Small Appliances: Many everyday helpers in the kitchen are besieging the worktop and are increasingly falling into disrepute. The preparation with toaster, egg boiler and kettle are not done faster, but also saves energy. Tip: plan a pocket cupboard with a pull-out sideboard in your kitchen, in which small kitchen appliances can be stored permanently without blocking the work area.

Also have in mind that while in the Kitchen, it is advisable to have a kitchen matting in your kitchen for dusting off your legs before entering the kitchen to avoid dust while cooking

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