Save Energy With One Simple Step #1

Something I’m really passionate about is saving energy.  Saving energy is such a win-win for everyone – it saves you money AND helps the environment at the same time.  What’s not to love?  Even if you don’t consider yourself green in any way shape or form, then saving energy is still relevant to you as it will still benefit you and your purse.  Hooray for egalitarinism!

I know a fair bit in saving energy (I even did a course in it once), so I guess I could say I’m a qualified energy saver.  It’s no good if I just keep all that knowledge to myself, so I thought I’d start a little series in how to save energy, really really simply.  And so, every Thursday for the next little while I’ll be showing you how to save energy in just one step, without the need for any fancy equipment or the need to spend any money whatsoever.

Tip one is as simple as they come:

potlid

Yes, use a lid when cooking on the hob.

Putting a lid on your pots or saucepan when you’re cooking speeds up the cooking time, as the lid keeps the heat in the pan, where it’s needed, rather than escaping into the air.  This reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food, and stops you unnecessarily heating your kitchen rather than your food.

Simmering vegetables, cooking pasta, rice or potatoes, making soup or sauces, and boiling eggs will all benefit from a lid, and so will your pocket!

Come back next Thursday for the next easy money and environment saving tip, or better still, sign up for free to get each post delivered straight to your email inbox.  Look for the box in my sidebar, to your right.

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kitchen staples for vegetarians

Vegetarian Kitchen Staples

vegetarian kitchen staples

I’ve been full on vegetarian for about seven years now, and before that mostly vegetarian for 8 years.  I’ve never been a big fan of meat, and luckily my other half isn’t either – he’s vegetarian too.  In our years of vegetarianism we’ve really honed down our vegetarian kitchen staples, and know the most versatile and useful items to have to make any meal.   Even when we’re down to not very much food, we can pretty much always whip up a stew or chili with what we’ve got left.

After the jump you’ll find my list of vegetarian kitchen staples: