Save Energy in the Kitchen: 10 Cooking Tips

These 10 tips are worth their weight in gold, especially with energy bills being what they are! And they are so brilliantly simple that you’ll find them easy to incorporate without feeling put-upon or strained in any way.

Find out the ten simple cooking tips that will save you some energy in the kitchen, right here:

1. Cover pans while cooking to prevent heat loss.

2. Make sure your pan covers the coil of your range. If you can see coil peeping out from the sides of your pan, you are losing energy and you need a bigger pan!

3. Try one-pot cooking. Stews, soups, and other great peasant meals only take one burner to cook and they are so nourishing and satisfying! We have lots of great one-pot recipes in our Care2 Green Kitchen channels.

4. Just before your food is cooked completely, turn off the oven or burner and allow the heat in the pot or pan to continue the cooking process for you.

5. The less liquid and fat you use, the quicker the cooking time.

6. Always make more food than you plan to use and freeze it for your own “fast food.”

7. Leftovers take less energy to reheat on top of the stove rather than in the oven.

8. Most of us eat a lot of pasta. Make extra, toss with olive oil, and keep in the fridge so you don’t have to heat an entire pot of water to the boiling point every time you want some.

9. If you have one, use a pressure cooker. It really saves on energy.

10. Try using a solar box cooker.

Inspired by The Green Kitchen Handbook, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Harper Perennial, 1997).

129 comments

Debra C.
Debra C2 years ago

I heard about cooking your turkey on the outside grill. I wonder if more items could be cooked on the grill. It would save on your electric bill.

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Thanks for information :)

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Irene S.
Irene S4 years ago

Really good tips! In winter I use my oven to heat and to cook.

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Bill and Katie D.

Thank You! All are good tips!

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Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for the tips

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Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Thank you for info.

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Jane H.
Jane H4 years ago

Yes--more info. on solar cooking---I want to cook beans in the summer on my side porch!!

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Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

watched a few solar boxer cookers, looks like lots of fun but scared I might burn myself

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Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

thanks

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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