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How To Save Energy, Resources, The Environment -And Money- In Food Preparation

 

How To Save Energy, Resources, The Environment
- And Money- In Food Preparation


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Feeding the family can create quite a "footprint" throughout its whole cycle, however, there are lots of ways we can lessen this impact, and save money at the same time.



BUYING TIPS

Buy locally produced and locally sold items where possible.  This can save a substantial amount of fossil fuel use, as your food doesn't have to travel sometimes hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres to reach your table.

Buy in bulk, using your own containers if possible, to save wasteful packaging and money too!

Buy only the amount you know you can use during the items "shelf life".  Savings on large quantities aren't really savings if you throw a lot of it away.

Get together with family, neighbours and friends to take advantage of bulk savings, but split the amount so you aren't over-supplied with it.

Buy thoughtfully.  Try where possible to purchase organic produce, fair trade items and unprocessed healthier foods.

Buy in-season foods- otherwise you know the only way you have them is either by shipping them in, or growing them under artificial conditions, probably using extra fossil fuels to heat or light them.

Buy only what you will actually eat, and appropriate amounts.  Super sales on an item no-one likes or is difficult to use, is not really a saving.

Don't buy... instead, grow your own for many kinds of produce!  Or exchange with other people. 




STORAGE TIPS


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Keep a notebook with a record of what food items are stored in what area.  Also, record what date they should be used by.  Cross them off when they are used up, or make a note of what needs replenishing.  This notebook will help you decide what to use when, find things more easily and what to include on your shopping list.

When you buy more of something, make sure that you rotate your stock, so that the older items are outermost and will get used first.

Store foods in appropriate conditions for that item.

If you have an abundance of something, either bought or grown, consider the various options for longer term storage, such as freezing, smoking, drying, canning, jam making etc.  This can save you a lot in the future, as well as providing you with healthy tasty food out of season.



PREPARATION TIPS

A great way to save lots of cooking energy is to just prepare a lot of foods raw.  Most fruits and veggies are safe, tasty and healthy to eat rawBursting with vitamins and other nutrients that often get diminished or destroyed by the heat of cooking.  

Use hand kitchen tools rather than powered ones, such as a whisk or egg beater rather that a powered mixer, and an ordinary carving knife and can opener etc. rather than an electric one.

Thaw food in the fridge for the next day, rather than microwave defrosting.  This saves energy, often gives a better result and helps keep your fridge cold too.

Only cook what you know you will use within a day or two- unless you are bulk cooking to freeze deliberately.

Rather than adding store bought packaged herbs, pick some fresh from your own garden.





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COOKING TIPS

Use smaller appliances such as pop-up toaster, toaster oven, electric kettle etc. rather than your normal oven/stove.

Pressure cookers can be a great energy and time saver.

Remember to put lids on saucepans to retain as much heat as possible.

Only have the heat turned up as much as is needed.  Flames that go up the side of saucepans, or frantically boiling saucepans, is just wasting energy.

Only preheat your oven when it's really necessary.  Most foods can go right in.

Especially with electric hotplates and stoves, you can turn them off even several minutes early and they will continue to cook.  Gas ovens will also retain heat for quite some time.

Bulk cook and freeze away meals to have on hand.

Pressure cookers can be a great energy and time saver.



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CLEAN-UP TIPS

Don't waste your food scraps- especially fruits and veggies.  These are a valuable raw material with several uses.  

Meats, bones, dairy and fats should be dealt with appropriately, using methods such as the Bokashi bin/bucket.

Add your fruit and veggie leftovers to your compost heapLots of great nutrients there!

Pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens will help you clean up your leftovers... but make sure you know what is appropriate for each type of animal, as some foods can adversely affect some animals.

Run dishwashers only when full, or on small load cycles if they have one.

Set dishwashers to operate at off-peak times, if you have varying power charge rates.

Most modern dishwashers don't require plates to be pre-rinsed- just give them a good scrape off.

Use earth friendly washing up products.

Don't just wash dishes under the running tap, as it can waste a lot of water!

Start a worm farm and feed your fruit and veggie scraps to the worms.  Be sure to research what worms should and shouldn't eat.



How to be a good parent to your worms - Sustainable Gardening Australia




Using these tips will help you to do your part towards not wasting valuable resources, while saving on your food, water, and power bills as well!

 
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