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Keeping a Green Kitchen

posted Apr 7, 2017, 10:39 AM by Tracy Ducker, MS, RDN
Earth Day is April 22nd, so this month our blogs will focus on; How we can be green in our own kitchens?  Most of us probably recycle papers, plastics and cans; donate old clothes and shoes; and toss old electronics in the recycle bin at the store. But did you know you can also be green in your kitchen? According to the EPA, 30% of edible food goes to waste! That is a lot of money down the drain. We all hate to waste food and money so this month we will discuss ways to decrease the amount of food thrown out, how to use the inedible parts of foods, how to cook without a recipe and eating more plant based proteins. A few tips to get you started are: 
  1. Run your dishwasher only when it is full, you’ll use less water than if you ran two loads;
  2. If you are cooking a small meal use a toaster oven or slow cooker instead of the full size oven; 
  3. Use the smallest pan you can when using the stove top and put a lid on it, without a lid you use up to 3 times more energy according to the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative; 
  4. Consider composting-next week's blog is all about composting; 
  5. Plan meals ahead of time to minimize trips to the grocery store and help you purchase only what you need so you won't have spoiled food.