With Thanksgiving right around the corner a lot of us are looking forward to time with friends and family and the classic holiday feast! This year, try to challenge yourself to prepare your big holiday meal in an energy-wise way. This can be as simple as using your microwave to steam your veggies instead of your stove top or as daring as BBQ-ing the star of many meals, the bird. Whatever it is that is on your menu, here are some tips to consider when trying to find ways to prepare your meal and keep wasted energy low.
– Always match the size of your pot or pan to the size of the element. Although it may seem faster to heat a small pot on a large element, a significant amount of energy is wasted that way.
– When baking or roasting, turn off the oven before the recipe suggests as the residual heat will continue the cooking process without using more energy. Just make sure not to peek into the oven! This is a great tip for finishing up your casseroles this holiday weekend.
– As is the case with microwaves, toaster ovens are a great substitute for larger appliances in terms using energy and preheating time. If you are having a smaller meal, try cooking proteins such as chicken or fish or even baking your potatoes in one.
Lastly, when you are ‘stuffed’ after your big Thanksgiving meal, let your leftovers cool before putting them into the fridge. This way, your fridge doesn’t have to work harder to cool everything back down like it does when hot food is placed in it. You can use this time doing other important post-holiday meal things… like digesting! Have a great holiday weekend!