Adopting green cooking methods will lower carbon emissions and also save you money on your utility bills. Small changes can have a big impact, and there are loads of creative ways to make your cooking habits more eco-friendly. With this in mind, here are some suggestions on how to become an energy-smart and savvy cooker.
Use a slow cooker
Slow cookers are a great energy-efficient alternative to ovens. They use almost the same amount of electricity as a traditional lightbulb, according to uswitch.com. You can use a slow cooker to create a wide variety of tasty meals, including curries, tagines, stews, and risottos. The best part is, slow cookers are hugely convenient as you can leave your food to cook slowly while you’re busy studying, at uni or getting ready for a night out. You can then return to a freshly prepared meal that your mum would definitely be proud of. If you keep cracking out slow cooker food, you’ll quickly become everyone’s favourite housemate!
You can also use a slow cooker to prepare healthy meals in bulk and then eat them throughout the week, or even freeze them for several months. Preparing your meals in advance is much more eco-friendly as you won’t need to cook as often (more time for meeting up with your mates!), and you’ll save lots of money by not ordering pizza every night. You can find a fantastic selection of easy slow cooker recipes by reading cooking blogs and articles online.
Make microwave mug cakes
Baking is a fun activity, but it can also be time-consuming and requires large amounts of energy. Luckily, you can easily make baking more energy-efficient by using your microwave to create tasty treats. Mug cakes are so tasty and are super easy to make – you can create delicious cakes in literally minutes. Mug cakes also allow you to make a single serving, meaning you can easily satisfy your sweet cravings without needing to get out all of your baking equipment or wasting any. You can find plenty of easy mug cake recipes online. You can also buy pre-made mug cakes that you just mix with water and heat in the microwave – ideal for those late-night sugar cravings.
Heat water in the kettle
Heating water in the kettle is a lot faster and more energy-efficient than waiting for it to boil on the hob. For that reason, you should always try to heat water in the kettle, then transfer it to your pans where it can be used to steam vegetables or cook pasta. You should also reduce energy waste by only using as much water as is needed to cover the food you are boiling. There is an excellent range of energy-efficient kettles available that offer almost 70% energy savings over standard kettles.
Cook all of your food in one go
You can easily reduce your energy consumption by cooking as much food in one go when using your oven. Try to cook all of your lunches at the start of the week, keeping any leftovers in the fridge.
You can make your oven as energy-efficient as possible by putting food into your oven while it’s heating, and keeping the door closed while cooking. Opening the oven door causes your oven to lose heat, which wastes energy and extends the cooking time – not ideal when you’re hangry. As boring as it is, you need to make sure your oven is clean, so you can check on food through the door while it’s cooking. This way, you won’t need to open the door every five minutes.
Experiment with energy-saving recipes
Green living has become a popular way of living and there are loads of cooking blogs specialising in eco-friendly recipes that require minimal energy. You could even try a raw food diet. This popular, healthy diet offers numerous health benefits, such as weight loss and an increase in energy levels. Following a raw diet will also lower your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills. Some of the best recipes include overnight oats, salads, and raw stir fry. These are so easy to make and are 10x cheaper, so it’ll help that student loan stretch. Some of these meals may sound plain and basic at first, but there are so many recipes out there that’ll help you channel your MasterChef and create something exciting.
As you can see, there are countless ways to make your cooking and recipes more energy-efficient. Switching to green cooking habits will reduce environmental harm and could save you lots of money, maximising your student loan. Try using some of the above suggestions to become a more energy smart and savvy cooker today!