Kitchen Ideas that save environment & stop Climate Change

(Numbers indicate order in which each idea was added to website.)

In General

8 Compost  Read more    And More

38 Reduce food waste  Read more  And More

39 Learn to manage expiration dates on food  Read more  And More

57 Use only sustainable palm oil if any at all Read more  

88 Use paper cups not plastic cups at parties or cookouts  Read more 

237 Use reusable cotton bees wax wraps instead of cling wrap  Read more  And More

268 DIY Use lemons for removing stains on counter tops instead of chemicals  Read more

302 Grow food indoors using compost

322 DIY Use baking soda as a scouring powder  Read more  And More

328 Use whetstone to sharpen knives

329 Buy knives with wooden handles

381  Choose a glass blender instead of plastic

384 Don't buy water filter cartridges unless necessary for your water  Read more 

We have become paranoid about clean water and not without reason.  Fresh water is less than 1% of  the world's total volume of water.   Even in areas of the globe with modern filtering and monitoring processes there are often problems.  So let's go out and buy additional filters for our home.  Many refrigerators have such filters.  The home water filtering industry is booming.  However, before spending money on expensive filters it might be sensible to see if you need them.  How?  Just get your water tested.  Most communities will 

394  Find toilet paper not wrapped in plastic

563 Use the garbage disposal less  Read more And More

579 Under-the-counter fluorescent lights in the kitchen give great energy savings

580 New LED under-the-counter fixtures give great light and a big savings

667 Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap 

678 Keep oils, fats and grease from going down kitchen sink Read more 

697 Research the safety of your plastic food containers  Read more  And More

703 Cook for friends. Takes less energy and less packaging

955 Consider using dish water for plant insecticide  Read more

1051 Buy reusable coffee filters for the coffee pot

1076 Use tea strainers instead of tea bags Read More

1077 ditch the cling wrap Read More

1141 Use water filter pitcher instead of other filters DEBATE Read More

1168 Use the five mantras when shopping Read More

1208 Wash dishes with cleaning cloths and scrubbers instead of plastic

1209 Use reusable swiffers cloths Read More

1210 Use rubber gloves instead of plastic gloves

1239 Chick out your tap water on EWG's Tap Water Database Read More

1240 Research before buying any water filtration system Read More

 

Cooking

160 Use metal and ceramic baking dishes instead of aluminum foil  Read more   And More

163 Use ripe bananas to make banana bread and fruit for smoothies

170 Check your oven through glass door without opening it  Read more

257 Use the correct burners on your stove  Read more

259 Which is more energy efficient: microwave or stove?  Read more

260 Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need

295 Use energy efficient under cabinet lighting  Read more

364 Bake several dishes at a time if you can  Read more

393  Bring your own containers for bulk food purchases

546 Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals instead of stove or oven

547 Use pressure cooker whenever possible. They cook quickly use less energy  Read more

548 Foods and vegetables will take less time to cook if they are cut into small pieces.

549 Foods will cook faster & use less energy if you put lids on the pots and pans Read more

550 Preheat the oven only when the recipe calls for it  Read more

551 Bake an extra dish or cook entire meals in the oven at the same time

552 You don’t have to preheat the broiler

553 Clean self-cleaning oven immediately after use. Because it’s already hot

797 Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean so they radiate better  Read more

888 Things cook faster in real convection oven  Read more

969 Use cast iron skillets instead of teflon coated ones  Read more

1012 Turn off oven early and cook with residual heat

1013 Air thaw your foods

1026 Heat leftovers with micro wave or toaster not oven

1027 When preparing meal with lots of ingredients take all out of fridge at same time 

1028 Copper bottom pans heat more quickly

1060 Heat water in micro wave rather than on stove

1066 When boiling eggs turn off a little earlier and let hot water finish job

1202 Measure proper amount of water for your coffee pot or tea kettle

Dishwasher/Refrigerator

709 Clean the coils on your refrigerator  Read more

117 Only wash full loads in the dishwasher

168 Don’t pre-rinse your dishes before washing in dishwasher  Read more   

261 Fill up you’re your refrigerator & freezer use water bottles/cardboard  Read more   And More

283 Using the rinse hold setting on your dishwasher  Read more

289  Don't put stuff in the fridge that doesn't need to be there  Read more

290 Stop washing dishes by hand  Read more

293 Keep your refrigerator out of the sun

380  Choose stainless steel ice trays

592 Some DIY dishwasher detergents are easier on environment than standard detergents  Read more

554 Let hot foods cool before putting them in your refrigerator or freezer  Read more  Debate!

555 Do you really need that extra refrigerator or freezer in garage/basement?  Read more

556 If cold air is escaping around the refrigerator door seal, adjust or replace the seal  Read more

557 Remove old items from refrigerator regularly

558 Set the temperature in your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees F.

559 Keep the temperature on the freezer between 0 and 5 degrees F.

560 Turn off the "heat dry" feature of your dishwasher and open door to dry  Read more

663 Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously

747 Don't waste time in front of an open refrigerator  Read more   And More

789 Don't oversize your refrigerator

790 Top-mounted freezers are more efficient

791 Icemakers and water dispensers use more energy  Read more   And More

792 Cover liquids and food so they don't give off moisture in fridge  Read more  

889 Reuse food jars for other things  Read more

1010 Use power save mode on refrigerator if you have it

1065 If you have older freezers keep defrosted

1067 Replace any refrigerator made before 1990

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