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Saving Energy When Cooking

To save energy while cooking, try to cook more than one thing at once in the oven. For example, when I'm cooking a casserole at 400 F, I also put in the oven a batch of muffins. The muffins just come out of the oven earlier.


I also will put the lid on a pot once it boils to retain the heat. when cooking pasta, I just put the pasta in the boiling water, put on the lid, then turn the burner off. The retained heat will cook it. It just takes about 3-4 minutes longer. You can also add frozen veggies to your boiling pasta water to cook 2 things at once! Happy cooking =)

Cindy B. in PSL FL

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By Jennifer B (Guest Post)
August 25, 20040 found this helpful

It also saves energy to put that lid on your pot while the water is heating up to a boil--saves time too, as it will come to a boil sooner with the lid on.

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November 22, 20040 found this helpful

You use extra energy if you use too large a pot to cook on stove top. Always choose the pot nearest the size of what your cooking. The larger the pot the more metal that needs to be heated. Also, you can often bring food to the boiling point, reduce to simmer, cover with a lid and let the trapped heat do the remaining cooking.


By Gladys Hill

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

Don't use the biggest burner if you're just cooking something in a small pot.

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February 9, 20050 found this helpful

To save on your gas or electric, bring your water to a boil then add your pasta. Bring it back to a boil then shut off the burner and cover. It will finish cooking the pasta without the wasted energy in about twenty minutes. Don't uncover often or your heat will escape.

By Reta

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By Anne C (Guest Post)
October 24, 20080 found this helpful

When heating water for a drink, we use either one or two mugs in the microwave or a gas stove top kettle instead of an electric kettle. Either way is a big saving on fuel.

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By Sharon (Guest Post)
October 24, 20080 found this helpful

If you are a coffee drinker, after your coffee machine is done brewing don't leave the coffee in the carafe to stay warm as this uses a lot of energy. Instead , put the coffee into a thermos. Result- the coffee stays hot and you do not have to use all of that extra electricity to keep it that way.

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

when boiling water if you put a pinch of salt in the water it makes the water boil quicker because it reduces the boiling point of the water

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