Home Cooks: Wasting Time, Money and Energy in the Kitchen

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American Cooks Unknowingly Throwing Money Away With Every Meal. While Home Cooking Grows In Popularity, Misuse of Kitchen Appliances and Poor Cooking Habits are the Norm.

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Americans waste hundreds of dollars per year when cooking because they are unaware of the opportunities to save energy and time in their home kitchens. Based on ongoing research and kitchen observation, most cooks use inappropriate appliances, misuse kitchen tools and select the wrong methods for their cooking tasks.

According to KitchenetteCookware.com Chef and Founder Sara Hohn, these seemingly minor decisions made when cooking result in countless hours lost and energy wasted every day. "A lot of progress has been made in making the public aware of conserving energy throughout the home," said Hohn. "but the kitchen, with its many appliances and high energy usage, is often overlooked."

Hohn has developed the concept of "Green Cooking." Green Cooking pertains not only to the appliances cooks use, but the habits practiced when cooking. Some ways to reduce a household's energy consumption through Green Cooking are:

1. When cooking or reheating small meals, use a small toaster oven. In general, the smaller the appliance, the less energy used, so choose the smallest appliance suited to your cooking task.
2. In the oven, stagger dishes at different rack levels to ensure proper air flow. Good air flow helps the oven work more quickly and efficiently.
3. Pressure-cooking is the easiest and fastest green cooking method. A new, efficient pressure cooker can reduce energy consumption for cooking by more than half.

In general, using Green Cooking tactics, cooks can reduce waste, use less energy, less water and make less noise during the cooking process.

About KitchenetteCookware.com:
KitchenetteCookware.com was founded in 2008 to provide consumers with cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools and small appliances. They specialize in high-quality, compact goods for cooks with small kitchens.

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