Tips to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen

Tips to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen


Whether you are looking to save money or adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, ‘eco-friendly cooking’ is both easy and delicious.

Kate Heyhoe, founding editor of GlobalGourmet.com and NewGreenBasics.com, is something of a seasoned professional when it comes to learning how to cook greener. Her recently released bookCooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen has some helpful tips and advice for those wishing to live greener.

10 Easy eco-tips for a green kitchen 
According to Heyhoe,howyou cook is just as important aswhatyou cook if you want to achieve a more sustainable way of living.

1.      Eat more plant-based meals. 
2.      Cook with less fuel and water. 
3.      Let foods thaw in the refrigerator as opposed to using a microwave. 
4.      Use sustainable bamboo chopping boards or those made of recycled materials. 
5.      Use grains that require the least amount of cooking time (quinoa, couscous or bulgur wheat are all delicious alternatives). 
6.      Cook with noodles that soften with soaking (i.e. bean thread noodles and rice sticks). 
7.      Use propane or electric grills to reduce emissions and avoid the toxins released from charcoal and lighter fluid. 
8.      Cook with a convection oven (it cooks food faster and reduces greenhouse gases). 
9.      Choose lentils for a vegetarian-friendly source of protein because they cook quicker and don't need to be soaked in water overnight. 
10.  Cook with organic foods. 

Energy-saving and eco-friendly recipes 
Eco-friendly food does not have to lack taste or be expensive to cook. Even if you adopt a greener way of cooking or a meat-free diet just a few days of the week, you will be reducing your overall energy consumption. This in turn can help you to offset your carbon footprint. Small steps, such as these, can make a big global impact. 

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