By Kate Heyhoe
Making a choice on neighborhood, natural meals advantages your healthiness and the planet’s. yet the way you prepare dinner is as vital as what you cook dinner: cooking itself is an under-reported but huge greenhouse fuel author. Now, Kate Heyhoe indicates you ways to imagine like an environmentalist within the kitchen. with out altering your politics or thoroughly disrupting your regimen, you could lessen your influence in the world via rethinking the way you cook dinner, store, and eat meals. utilizing your favourite recipes, you could bake, broil, and grill in greener methods, saving fossil fuels and shrinking your cookprint.
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With the chopping and whisking attachments, a handblender can chop, pulverize, granulate, mince, puree, and whip—everything from soup to nuts, or salsa to stir fry, and whipped cream to coulis. The best immersion blenders perform powerfully, yet draw far less energy than full-size blenders or food processors. Rinse out the hand blender in seconds, and stick it in a drawer when not in use. You can’t say that about stand mixers, powerful hunks of metal that weigh more than most toddlers (about 25 pounds), with nearly enough horsepower to steer a boat.
So use them as efficiently as possible, even if they’re Energy Star–certified. Don’t turn up the thermostat on your refrigerator or freezer just to make things colder, but do keep in mind that when fresh foods are stored properly, at their specific optimal temperatures, they stay fresh longer, meaning fewer gas-guzzling trips to the store. Use some inexpensive refrigerator and freezer thermometers and check them seasonally; you’ll likely need to adjust the thermostats every winter and summer. Greener by Degrees In general, 37 to 40 degrees F cools sufficiently without wasting electricity, even though 35 to 38 degrees is a better range for extending the freshness of foods.
Pick the right setting: light rinse, pot-scrubber, or whatever’s most appropriate. When buying a new dishwasher, opt for an Energy Star model and: • Consider soil sensors: this feature automatically adjusts water according to how dirty the load is. • Pick the right size: compact or standard capacity (too large a machine wastes fuel and water, and too small may require multiple loads). • Install the unit away from the refrigerator: dishwasher heat will cause a fridge to work harder. • Recycle your old unit: working energy-efficient units can be offered to charities like Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill (contact your community recycling program for older units).