Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Art of Cooking Efficiently

Have you ever thought about the amount of energy "traditional" or "conventional" cooking requires? Well, as you guessed it, I have.

Most people have either explicitly or implicitly learned that they should only place items into the oven once the oven is fully warmed up and to only turn off the oven after the food has been fully cooked. I have argued, however, that placing items into the oven as soon as it is turned on and turning the oven off approximately 5 minutes before the items are fully cooked is a good way to save a lot of energy while only negligibly affecting the taste of the food.

Another way to save energy (and effort!) in the kitchen is to eat as much raw food as possible, as in raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts (which I guess means that vegetarians likely use a lot less energy in the kitchen). Finally, another advantage of eating raw foods as much as possible, is that you'll save energy from not having to clean as many dishes, and again save yourself a lot of effort!

Follow these tips and you and the planet will be healthier, and you'll save yourself some effort in the process!

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