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Home Economics - How to Save $'s.

Updated on April 3, 2012

Greetings from Chez Rodney's Kitchen

Well this was going to be about making a cake ......... What happened, it was one of those mornings, in which Serindipity, Fast track Neurons and the arrival of our Electricity Bill started to hijack this hub.

The other thing that was spinning around in my mind was

Utilising wasted energy, save $'s in our cooking and kitchen!

Utilise that preheat phase for a useful purpose, other than getting ready to do your baking!
Utilise that preheat phase for a useful purpose, other than getting ready to do your baking! | Source

Chez Rodney's Economic Gastronomics

We are Cooking, well almost, we are actually preheating the oven to get it to the desired temperature so that we can start the cooking.

A normal situation and one of the most common sites in any kitchen!

This is great in autumn and winter, the kitchen is the warmest place in the house, the cats, dogs and the whole family congregate in there!

Yet in Spring, Summer and even early Autumn, everybody shuns this "Mom's Sanctity" like the proverbial plague.

Hey even the cats and dogs, skulk around outside, in case some edible spills land on the floor, then a quick dart in, hasty retrieval and then beat a hasty exit, to the outdoors.

The only trouble is that this is an energy source that is being wasted across the world on a daily basis. Yes and in terms that everybody who is Eco-aware, is our personal CARBON FOOTPRINT.

What we really need to do is utilise that heat, so that our culinary endeavours are actually a more economical proposition, and the preheat phase is serving some useful purpose at the same time.

It occurred to me that in an average household during the course of a month, that we chefs, cooks, housewives/husbands, are guilty of wasting costly resources.

In Order To Produce These -Banana Muffins

Another Batch of Muffins -  Total cooking time = 25 minutes. Plus 10 minutes preheat therefoe 35 minutes of electricity used.
Another Batch of Muffins - Total cooking time = 25 minutes. Plus 10 minutes preheat therefoe 35 minutes of electricity used. | Source

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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks Ruchira, appreciate your comments, it is important that we are aware of this. We need to plan around this when we need to do a lot of coking.

      Thanks fore the votes and support.

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      I agree with you Rodney. The amount of heat we consume to cook is amazing. Got to ration on this 'cause eventually we are creating more carbon footprints.

      good topic to hub upon. many votes as interesting and sharing it across!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Candie, as always my friend, I know you will. :-)!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Felina, no you are not hijacking my hubat all, and thanks for the added value of the physics comment I well remember our headmaster at highschool, subbing for our science teacher explaining that to us, all those years ago.

      In order to effectivly save we do need to use our resources to its fullest.

      I only use the water trip if I am doing a large run of cakes, for the rest of times, my left over bread and rolls go in on a baking tray to dry out for crumbing purposes, catch my chicken schnitzel hub.

      From when I was small, my grandparents and my parents, always taught me through there methods of cooking, to firstly make what you can, yourself, secondly, throw as little as possible away.

      I, in my "childhood recipes" have written about a fair amount of them, in my own later cooking hubs, I have tried to follow their examples.

      Thanks for your valued comment.

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      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Good ideas! I'm gonna give them a go!

    • Felina Margetty profile image

      Felina Margetty 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Sorry for butting into your hub Just Rodney, but James Shank is a silly man only noticing the part about wasting energy preheating an oven.There were a lot of other vital tips in this hub. Perhaps he can microwave all of his food. Energy is not actually wasted if you understand the laws of thermodynamics. The law of conservation of energy states that "Energy can neither be created or destroyed. It may only be converted from one form to another but the total amount of energy in the universe remains constant.Perhaps he is talking about the bandits that charge him for his usage of electricity.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Felina, thanks for the comment, it is great to have comments on ones hub.

    • Felina Margetty profile image

      Felina Margetty 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Just nice, just rodney, thanks

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Candie, i have never made a sourdogh anything, sorry abought trying out my fatcakes, but that is a normal yeast dough. However if you used selfraisingfkour and added a level teaspoon of baking powder you could make a lighter version of the fatcake, that might give you something you could work with

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      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hey Rodney!! Long time, no visit.. but here I am!! Ok.. you drive me nuts. I should NEVER read your hubs when I'm hungry! So.. have you a cookbook/recipes for sourdough? I'm brewing some starter.. waiting for your inspiration!!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Indeed in the Northern Hemisperes so far from the equator, the kitchen definatly would be the best spot.

      Yet strangely enough the majority of South Africa's culinary 'gene pool' has its origons centered mainly in and around Europe.

      Have a great day.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Jameshank, Thanks for the comment.

      Yes there are a lot of things that you do not to preheat the oven for, for example: if anything is cooking at a high temperature for longer than an hour, it is quite safe to start cooking without preheating.

      Great to have comments like this.

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      Hawkesdream 

      6 years ago from Cornwall

      Quite right, Rodney. When my oven is on, the outside door is shut. My kitchen becomes the warmest room in the house. Lovely

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      Jameshank 

      6 years ago from Japan, NY, California

      Now that you have mentioned it, the energy used in pre-heating the oven is sort-of wasted. Maybe cooking something that does not need a pre-heated oven while waiting for the oven to heat-up to a certain temperature could be a way to minimize this situation.

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