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The Best Kitchen Gadgets for a Green Life?
What are the best kitchen gadgets to have in a really green kitchen? We would all like to save energy in the kitchen but we also don't want to add too much to our workload!
Here is a guest article on the best cookery equipment to have and some of the options for gadget-free living.
Article with thanks to Moms Kitchen Gadgets
Reduce Your "Cookprint" With These Energy Saving Solutions Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to make small changes in our home that could save energy, valuable resources and money all at the same time? Fortunately, there is and it all starts in the kitchen.
If you are anything like me, your counter top is probably cluttered with at least half a dozen appliances and countless more gadgets and gizmos stashed away in cupboards and drawers. But have you ever really thought about the "cookprint" or the amount of energy that these kitchen tools use to prepare food? You may be surprised.
The good news is there are some very simple changes you can make in your kitchen right now that will make a huge impact not only on the environment but on your pocketbook as well.
Best Kitchen Gadgets: Use What You've Got
Don't feel guilty if you have small appliances and gadgets that you use to make your life easier or more convenient - we all do. Coffee makers, toasters and kettles are everyday essentials in most kitchens but the trick is to use these tools in the most effective way possible. Here are a few hints:
When using your kettle to make tea or hot chocolate, only boil the amount of water you need to fill your mug. Most people boil double the amount of water they need and therefore use twice the amount of energy required.
When using pots on your stove top there are quite a few things you can do to help reduce energy consumption. Cut food up into small sized pieces to accelerate the cooking process, always put a lid on your pot when boiling liquids (also speeds up cooking) and use the burner that best matches the size of your pot to reduce heat loss.
When making gravy or stock, use the leftover water from previously boiled or steamed vegetables while it is still hot. This not only saves energy by not having to boil another pot of liquid but it will add an abundance of flavor to your dish.
Use the low-energy appliances you already own more often. Kitchen items like slow cookers, stove top steamers and pressure cookers consume far less energy than a conventional oven.
Best Kitchen Gadgets: Replace Older Appliances and Gadgets
If you want to rid your kitchen of old appliances and gadgets that are costing you money then it may be time to look into some of the new energy efficient models that are becoming more readily available. Here are a few of my favorites:
A pressure cooker can save a lot of energy
Toasters - what I love about these new eco-toasters is a feature that is so simple but also very, very clever - a lid! Once the bread has been lowered into the toaster a lid closes over the to...