Energy Saving Cooking Tips
With Thanksgiving preparation, and whirlwind of cooking plans underway, you may be wondering how to reduce energy use in the kitchen. Here are a few green living tips for saving energy while preparing your Thanksgiving dinner….or any dinner!
Scrub, Baby Scrub: A blackened cooktop on your kitchen stove absorbs heat, and causes you to consume more energy, but a shiny stove top efficiently reflects energy into the cooking pan. Now’s the time to clean your cooktop, and get ready for the Holidays.
Join the Hoods: Range hoods can help you quickly whisk away the extra heat in your kitchen, before you’re prompted to turn on the air conditioner!
Ugh…Clean the Oven: The last thing you wanted to hear, right? Just like a dirty stove top, a grimy oven steals energy, and can cause foods to cook unevenly. Ahem…just do it.
Double-Down: Cook 2 things at once whenever you can. Staggering the pans, and rotating oven racks will help with heat circulation.
Chill Out: Defrost foods in your refrigerator in advance. This prevents having to defrost in the microwave, and reduces cooking time.
Convection Perfection: If you have a convection oven, put it to work! Convection ovens are quicker, and use less energy than traditional stoves.
The Frigidaire gas stove above includes a convection “Speed Bake” cooking option. The convection stove is available at AJ Madison.