Outside of eating all of your food raw, the greenest way to actually cook your food is in a crock-pot (a.k.a. slow cooker). A slow cooker uses only about as much energy as a traditional light bulb. Seven hours of crock pot cooking uses 0.7 kilowatt-hours of energy, whereas baking the same meal in an electric oven for one hour uses 2.0 kWh. While cooking this way is much more time consuming, it does appear to be the most energy efficient means of cooking a full dinner.
Well if you are looking for a way to cook dinner a bit outside of the box you can use non-conventional kitchen appliances such as solar cookers to use the energy of the sun to heat your food. There are solar cookers that can act in a similar way to a crock-pot as well solar ovens. Both of these cookers work by concentrating sunlight to produce enough heat to cook food.
When making things such as soup or stew, you can just cook it until it is steaming and then turn the stove off. By then covering the pot, the steam will finish the job and tenderize your veggies. This is a good way to save a substantial amount of gas or electricity cooking every year!
Making salads doesn’t require any heating, so that’s an easy and green way to make dinner.
steaming foods like veggies, tofu, eggs is a quick and neat way to cook. You won’t have to spend a lot of time and energy scrubbing the pots, pans and stoves.
both methods save a lot of time and energy in comparison to baking, stir-frying, braising, etc…
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