Best Green Cooking Practices

The eco-friendly kitchen begins with eating green but doesn’t end there. Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials, and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen. Fortunately, making the right choices for your wellbeing is also good for the pocket and the planet.

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Using energy-efficient appliances with the Energy Star rating can help reduce the amount of electricity used to cook. Energy-efficient refrigerators can reduce energy consumption and a water-efficient dishwasher can also help to conserve water. Making as best use of the oven as possible, such as cooking more than one thing at once, is also wise. For small dishes, using a toaster oven or reheating in a microwave will also save energy. In fact, Energy Star estimates that you can reduce cooking energy by as much as 80 percent when using the microwave instead of the oven. Many newer ovens come to temperature so rapidly that they make preheating almost obsolete.

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By Efrain Esparza, GMC Writer

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