5 Exciting Eco-Friendly Cooking Habits
Written by: Reneta Jenik
Published on 04/09/2020
A lot of the eco-friendly choices you can make revolve around what you choose to buy. But your cooking habits will also have an impact on how green and sustainable you can be. If you book a Foodom home cook, they could help you out by cooking meals for you and your family in an eco-friendly way. But if you want to go it alone, here are 5 exciting eco-friendly cooking habits to try:
Make Multiple Meals at the Same Time
Batch cooking is a great way to go greener and save money. Cooking more than one meal at the same time can save on energy, time and resources. For example, you could prepare a big pot of soup, stew or chili, and store additional portions to heat up when you do not have the time to cook again from scratch.
Explore Exciting Plant-Based Dishes
Other great eco-friendly cooking habits involve moving away from a meat-based diet. If you eat a lot of meat and dairy, your carbon footprint can be reduced significantly simply by exploring some exciting plant-based. Being adventurous when it comes to trying new meatless recipes can be one great way to go greener.
Consider Low-Energy Cooking Methods for Eco-Friendly Cooking
How much energy you use for cooking has a big impact on the sustainability of your cooking. Look into low-energy ways to cook your food. For example, you could consider:
- Making more use of your microwave, which can use less energy than a traditional oven.
- Investing in a low-energy halogen oven or another more energy efficient appliance.
- Using a pressure cooker or slow cooker to prepare batch meals.
- Using a solar oven to cook meals using renewable energy. Cooking meals in a low-tech ‘hay box oven’.
Preserve Fresh Produce For Later Use
Cooking should not only be about cooking meals that your family will eat right away. Consider getting interested in canning and other preservation methods. That way, you will be able to preserve your fresh produce to enjoy later in the year. There are plenty of amazing recipes out there to choose from to help you make jams, jellies, chutneys and more. So delve into the world of preserves to make your cooking more eco-friendly.
Make Full Use of Scraps
Ingenious cooks have come up with a range of different ways to help you make use of every single part of the food that you grow or buy. For example, one of the exciting eco-friendly cooking habits you could consider involves making vegetable stock from vegetable scraps. You might also, for example, cook up a storm with carrot tops, or the leaves from other root vegetables like beets or turnips. If you eat meat, you might use bones to make a nutritious broth.
These are just some of the many exciting eco-friendly cooking habits that can help you transition to a greener and more sustainable way of life.
Get More Out of Your Produce
Stop peeling veggies and fruits such as carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, apples, and eat them all the way through, even an orange! Orange peel actually has more fiber than the fruit inside, it also has flavonoids in it that contain nutritious benefits, you can add it to salads, smoothies or even to coffee.
Many vegetables have parts that might not be fully utilized in traditional recipe writing. Broccoli stalks, cauliflower and cabbage for example, are trimmed away though they’re arguably the more delicious part. Also, your herbs stems are very flavourful and nutritions, such as parsley and cilantro stems, beet greens, kale stems, celery leaves and more.