Cooking

8 ways to Green Your Cooking

Cooking green doesn't mean just collards: from saving energy to the food you serve to the way you clean up at meal's end, it's easy to whip up some eco-friendly goodness in the kitchen.

  1. Practice energy-saving cooking tips

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    Put a lid on it! Cooking with a lid on your pot—and other simple cooking tricks—can save energy, and maybe even get you out of the kitchen sooner.

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  2. Buy a gas stove

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    Cooking with a natural gas stove is energy efficient because, unlike electricity, the fuel is used directly for cooking.

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  3. Choose a self-cleaning convection oven

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    Convection ovens cook food faster and self-cleaning ovens have better insulation. Both features get you out of the kitchen faster and save energy.

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  4. Buy a flameless solar oven

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    Don't be a slave to your stove. Harness the power of the sun instead for healthier, emissions-free cooking.

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  5. Serve eco-friendly food

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    Check out these green food ideas for tonight's dinner or your next green party.

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  6. Buy eco-friendly cookware

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    Cooking with an eco-friendly pot might not save your Bérnaise sauce from curdling, but it can cut your kitchen energy use and ensure harmful chemicals don’t hurt you or the family pets.

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  7. Dispose of appliances according to your local regulations

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    After replacing your range with an energy-efficient model, be sure to dispose of the old one properly.

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  8. Recycle or reuse old pots and pans

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    Repurposing old cookware by using pots for planters and plans for crafting keeps materials from the landfill and saves you money.

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