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December 10, 2009

Green Your Cooking: Size Matters

Quiche What you eat and how far your food travels to get to you are important considerations, but it’s also a good idea to think about how you cook your meals; by doing so, you can reduce your energy use -- and your meals will taste great too.

Tip #4: Size Matters

Generally, the larger your cooking appliance is, the more energy it consumes. So make sure you choose the appropriate size of appliance each time you cook. You may have used your oven to cook that quiche, but when you reheat a single slice, use the toaster oven or the microwave, which is very efficient at cooking small items (because of its speed). Despite rumors to the contrary, most studies show that microwaves do no affect nutrients more than other cooking techniques.  When using an electric stovetop, choose the right size burner for the pan you're cooking with. Using a large burner with a small pan wastes heat and energy.

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