Comments on: How to Save Cooking Energy and 90% Reduction Reminder http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Sun, 20 Jul 2008 00:51:57 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1308 Anonymous Mon, 04 Jun 2007 21:23:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1308 Worth pointing out that electric kettles are far more energy efficient than heating on a gas stovetop. I would think even if your electricity is 100% produced from coal, there'd be less total emissions from using an electric kettle, and certainly so if your electricity is from hydro/renewables. Worth pointing out that electric kettles are far more energy efficient than heating on a gas stovetop. I would think even if your electricity is 100% produced from coal, there’d be less total emissions from using an electric kettle, and certainly so if your electricity is from hydro/renewables.

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By: BoysMom http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1307 BoysMom Sat, 02 Jun 2007 17:18:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1307 Deb g,<br/>I believe foods that rely on beaten in air for expansion have to go into a preheated oven so the air doesn't escape before the food sets, such as soufles, popovers, and angelfood cake, for example. Deb g,
I believe foods that rely on beaten in air for expansion have to go into a preheated oven so the air doesn’t escape before the food sets, such as soufles, popovers, and angelfood cake, for example.

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By: Deb G http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1306 Deb G Sat, 02 Jun 2007 13:15:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1306 Great tips. I read somewhere that the only foods that need to go into a pre-heated oven are foods that contain baking powder. That the baking powder won't work right without the pre-heat. Great tips. I read somewhere that the only foods that need to go into a pre-heated oven are foods that contain baking powder. That the baking powder won’t work right without the pre-heat.

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By: Correne http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1305 Correne Sat, 02 Jun 2007 07:35:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1305 Another idea that I use often: use the toaster oven instead of the big oven. I can cook chicken breasts or potatoes or fish or lots of things in the toaster oven. It heats up faster, and I'm sure it uses waaay less energy. Another idea that I use often: use the toaster oven instead of the big oven. I can cook chicken breasts or potatoes or fish or lots of things in the toaster oven. It heats up faster, and I’m sure it uses waaay less energy.

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By: mimulus http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1304 mimulus Fri, 01 Jun 2007 16:20:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1304 excellent list! I cant think of anymore to add. I use my pressure cooker almost daily...I highly recommend everyone invest in one. excellent list! I cant think of anymore to add. I use my pressure cooker almost daily…I highly recommend everyone invest in one.

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By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1303 Anonymous Thu, 31 May 2007 17:34:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/31/how-to-save-cooking-energy-and-90-reduction-reminder/#comment-1303 Excellent ideas! I'm inspired to put more of these into practice. Here are a few more things I've done:<br/><br/>*Warm up a tortilla (or some such) by putting it in a damp, dark-colored cloth and placing it in the sun for a few minutes. You don't even need a solar oven.<br/><br/>*Use your car as a solar dehydrator. I put some black cloth down and set sliced strawberries over it on a "cooling" rack raised up on supports for air circulation. After 2 days, the berries were nicely dried (and the car smelled like delicious strawberries!).<br/><br/>*I "cook" my oatmeal by putting oats in hot water, turning off the stove, and waiting 20 minutes. Nice, warm cereal with no watching and stirring! A similar thing can be done with pasta, though I've not tried it yet.<br/><br/>Thanks for all the suggestions!<br/><br/>Judith Excellent ideas! I’m inspired to put more of these into practice. Here are a few more things I’ve done:

*Warm up a tortilla (or some such) by putting it in a damp, dark-colored cloth and placing it in the sun for a few minutes. You don’t even need a solar oven.

*Use your car as a solar dehydrator. I put some black cloth down and set sliced strawberries over it on a “cooling” rack raised up on supports for air circulation. After 2 days, the berries were nicely dried (and the car smelled like delicious strawberries!).

*I “cook” my oatmeal by putting oats in hot water, turning off the stove, and waiting 20 minutes. Nice, warm cereal with no watching and stirring! A similar thing can be done with pasta, though I’ve not tried it yet.

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Judith

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