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Cooking is not a large part of most people’s day. But it is one of those things we can do to make a difference. We can save energy simply by getting in the habit of cooking with the most efficient appliance possible for the food being prepared.

In general, the higher on the following list, the less energy the appliance will cost:
Microwave
Slow Cookers ("crockpots")
Frying Pan
Toaster Oven
Gas Oven
Electric Convection Oven
Electric Oven


Putting a lid on the pan when you’re cooking. If you don’t need direct access to the food, having a lid on the pan means it will cook faster. This is particularly evident when you’re boiling water before adding your pasta. The water boils much sooner with a lid on. Make sure your pan covers the coil of your range. If you can see coil peeping out from the sides of your pan, you are losing energy!


Another factor to consider is how long you preheat your oven, or if you even really need to. Make an exception for anything that is more sensitive to temperature, such as baking bread. But meats and casseroles don’t need to start out at that perfect temperature



A slow cooker, on the other hand, despite how long it spends cooking, it can use less energy than the oven (depending on the type of oven you have). It’s also very easy to have just about the entire dinner in one pot. Throw in a roast and put the potatoes alongside it.


The chopping takes extra time, but that means the meat cooks very quickly. The fact that everything only needs a little cook time really helps. If you need a little more intense cooking time, throw a lid on for a little while and decrease the heat so things don’t burn.


Meats generally don’t cook up too well in them, but for reheating leftovers or giving vegetables a quick steam they’re very efficient.




Thawing food in the fresh food compartment of the fridge befor cooking might teke longer, but it is the healthies and most economical way!
As you build up your cooking habits to use energy more efficiently, you may come to appreciate how fast many of these methods are. There’s nothing like doing something that saves you both money and time.
Cooking in quantity saves cooking energy, cleaning resources, and time. Succession cooking using an already heated burner will save energy but, the real savings is succession cooking with ovens from regular to toaster to convection; putting one item in as soon as the previous is done. In the full sized oven, sometimes you can maximize the energy use by baking more than one item at once.

 

 


Advanced Technology and many willing manufacturers give us just what we want: food that is uniform, abundant and convenient. Organic foods are obviously far better for us than chemical-rich convenience foods and fast foods, but an organic diet – like any other diet – should include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Topics that will be discussed on the show:

  • Why go organic?
  • What is organic food?
  • Where to shop for organic food.
  • Organic products.
  • Growing your own organic fruit and vegetables.
  • Organic drinks.
  • Organic tea
  • Organic Minerals
  • Organic baby foods
  • Preparing your organic dishes.
  • Fresh or dry?
  • Packaging

  • Animals
  • Bacteria
  • Coffee
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton
  • Drugs
  • Fish
  • Food crops such as maize and soya
  • Livestock feeds
  • Trees, lawns, plants and seeds
  • Vines
  • Vitamins
  • Biological weapons
  • Contraceptives
  • Humans (germ-line therapy on embryos, which is still in its infancy)
  • Plastics, starches and industrial chemicals