Posts Tagged ‘energy efficiency’

Energy Efficiency In The Kitchen

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Here are some of our own tips to help you save pennies and electricity!

  • Use a microwave instead of the oven as much as possible.
  • Use a pressure cooker, which saves loads of heat.
  • Simmer instead of boiling – less steam means less need to ventilate the room.
  • Cut food into smaller pieces in order to speed up cooking time.
  • Make one-pot meals, stir fries and stews save energy on cooking and washing up.
  • Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring.
  • Take any shelves you don’t use out of the oven, and don’t keep opening the oven door while you’re cooking.
  • Use a kettle to boil water for cooking instead of boiling water on the hob.
  • Turn the oven off ten minutes before you serve the meal – it will retain plenty of heat for that time.
  • If you’re saving food in the fridge or freezer, let it cool down to room temperature first to save energy cooling it.
  • Cook plenty at once and freeze what you don’t need that day.
  • Cooking to Conserve

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    We all make an effort to minimise our carbon footprint, be it re-using bags, flying less or turning off every plug known to man; however we use considerable amounts of energy in cooking alone without realising. With this in mind, our good friends at the University of Bath set us a challenge to create 3 meals all using limited/no energy. Initially we thought this would be quite difficult as everyone knows microwave food is for weirdos, but we were in for a bit of a surprise.

    As Rachel discovered, there are lots of ways in which we can save electricity in the kitchen without compromising the taste of our food. Chris cooked us up 3 fantastic dishes using a few simple ingredients that required little to no energy. I personally never knew you could create such amazing foods in the microwave as Chris managed to knock up. The Tagine tasted absolutely fantastic and barely used any energy, while Chris’s microwave Sponge Pudding was out of this world. I think my absolute favourite, however, was the salsa Chris made using a few simple ingredients, orange juice and absolutely no energy at all.

    The University of Bath is something of a beacon uni when it comes to leading the way on energy efficiency. The Switch-Off Challenge, which takes place every year, gives students a fantastic opportunity to take a good look at their energy usage and how they can minimise their carbon footprint. Cooking with care is one way we can look after the environment – check out the video and our top tips for making sure you keep your energy emissions down.