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Sustainable Cooking

Updated on March 29, 2011

Sustainable Cooking

Change, the change that needs to take place if our society is to thrive, involves: how we are governed; how we pay for the goods and services (health care and education, for example) we need, and how we express our connection to Nature, can, in fact, must begin on a small scale and spread outward.

Each one of us has the means and ability to embrace change simply by taking a look at our relationship to food; where we buy it, what we buy and how we prepare it, all three are venues for personal and social change.

Reduce the amount of meat you eat, or buy that meat that is raised and slaughtered locally and you are changing your behaviour. Start a local food buying club and engage others who are willing to make the same or similar change and the personal change begins to take on social dimensions.

Buy as much of your food from local growers and producers and you help to strengthen the local economy.

In the kitchen, reduce waste through composting, even if you do not garden, a friends, neighbour or family member may appreciate your compost and be happy to pick it up when it is ready. You may even be able to trade the compost for another item.

When it comes to energy use, solar cooking may be the best way to go and in the summer months, maybe you can set up a solar cooker for weekend gatherings. For conventional cooking be sure your stove is an energy efficient model.

Stove: Tips

 Use the burner which is the closest match to pot size. Heat is lost and energy is wasted if burner size is larger than pot size.

 Use lids on pots and pans so you can cook at lower settings.

 Make sure the oven door seal is tight. Avoid opening oven door while baking - each time the door is opened, about 20% of the inside heat is lost.

 Turn oven off a few minutes before food is ready and let oven heat finish the job.

 Gas stoves: electronic ignition will use about 40% less gas than a pilot light.

Your choice of cookware can also make a difference; a good stainless steel set will get the job done and use less heat while doing so. I recently bought a new set of pots and pans and this was one of the reasons I choose the set I did. It does work; I am cooking my meals, on a lower setting in the same or less time.

The place where you purchase your food can be the beginning place for positive change, closely followed by your food choices and how you cook what you buy.

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  • Bob Ewing profile image
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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

    Great idea, Bob! Thanks for the informative hub:)

  • Bob Ewing profile image
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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thanks for dropping by.

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    Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

    Well thought out hub, Bob. Small changes made by many, add up to a big change overall.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Reducing consumption is a sound strategy, thanks for dropping by.

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    William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

    Good ideas! These are the sorts of changes we are going to have to make. Reducing consumption beats so called "green energy".

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    A very good hub with very good advice. Thank you very much.

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