Going Green In the Kitchen

Going Green: In the Kitchen

In order to maintain a truly eco-friendly kitchen, it is necessary to think beyond just the food. By following these simple tips outlined below, you will be well on your way to becoming greener.eco friendly kitchen

Tip #1: Choose Quality

For a green kitchen, be guided by the motto “Quality over Quantity”. Simply put, choose kitchen implements built for the long haul. Invest in a sturdy cast-iron pan which, once seasoned, will offer the functionality of a teflon-coated pan without the iffy health hazards that go along with it. In the same vein, select sturdy utensils that won’t rot or melt- silicone is a good choice here. Take the plunge and buy high quality knives that can be hand-sharpened.

Tip #2: Choosing an Energy Source

The debate between electric stove and gas rangescan get, well, heated. In the long run, gas powered stoves will offer the most energy efficiency for the money. Although gas is considered a fossil fuel, gas stoves are relatively efficient and offer a constant heat source, as opposed to the electric coil stoves which take time to heat up. Those on the electric stove side of the fence swear by the induction-element cook-top, which transfers energy to the pan while remaining relatively cool, but since it’s a fairly new technology, only the higher priced models offer induction heat. Whether you go with gas or electric, be sure to stick to Tip #1 and choose with one you can live with for the long term, in order to manufacturing resources.

Tip #4: Use your appliances wisely

To get the most out of the appliances you use, cook more than one dish at a time. For smaller dishes, the use of toaster ovens or microwaves can save a huge amont of energy. Use close-fitting lids on pots when boiling water, which drastically reduces cooking time. Pressure cookers offer another energy-efficient cooking method, and may reduce cook time by 70 percent.

Tip #5: Do It Yourself

Instead of purchasing frozen prepared meals, make them yourself and freeze them for later use. Knowing what goes in your food will go a long way towards limiting your family’s exposure to chemicals and preservatives. Where possible, grow as much as your own fruits and vegetables as you can, using kitchen waste as compost fertilizer. Effective, safe and natural cleaners can be made using simple ingredients you already have on hand, such as baking soda and vinegar.


Instead of purchasing frozen prepared meals, make them yourself and freeze them for later use. Knowing what goes in your food will go a long way towards limiting your family’s exposure to chemicals and preservatives. Where possible, grow as much as your own fruits and vegetables as you can, using kitchen waste as compost fertilizer. Effective, safe and natural cleaners can be made using simple ingredients you already have on hand, such as baking soda and vinegar.

Tip #6: Buy Local, Buy in Bulk

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that it’s better to cut the distance from food source to the table. Whenever possible, choose a CSA (community supported agriculture) co-op or buy from a farmer’s market. When possible, buy and cook in large quantities, so long as you can use what you purchase. Buying in bulk means less packaging, fewer grocery store runs, and as a bonus, offers serious financial savings in the long term. Planning meals ahead and portioning out to freeze saves time and the dinner-time scramble that so many of us fall prey to.

There are so many other ways to promote a greener lifestyle, stay tuned for more tips and tricks!