Sustainable cooking

Sustainable cooking: help the environment, be healthier, and save some money

If you want to be part of the generation that saves the planet, you have to start making some changes in your life. You needn’t completely turn around your lifestyle; you can contribute by making some small changes. See what happens if you get involved in sustainable cooking.

Did you know that over 7.4 million tons of food go to landfills every year? The number is outrageous, in a world where some people don’t have enough to eat, this is absolutely unacceptable and we need to stop it. Changing just a little bit of your lifestyle can have a positive impact on ending hunger, so getting involved in sustainable cooking is well worth trying.

What is sustainable cooking?

Sustainable cooking is a concept that involves making smart food choices in terms of the way we prepare the meal, how it benefits our health, the environment and the whole planet as a consequence.  

There are some small changes we can make at home that will have a long-term impact.

How to cook more sustainably?

There are some small changes we can make at home that will have a long-term impact.

Take the bull by the horns

The process starts outside the kitchen: the way food is produced is has a huge impact on the environment. If you are a meat lover, you are bound to live a bigger carbon footprint than a vegan person –because the meat industry is one of the most polluting industries. Even if you find it too difficult to go vegan or vegetarian, try to reduce the amount of dairy and meat you eat –you’ll not only be reducing health risks, but you will also be reducing greenhouse gases.

Try to reduce the amount of dairy and meat you eat.

Turn down the heat

Try turning the gas or electricity down a notch –if you are boiling water, use a pan with a lid. This will reduce the amount of energy you need and will reduce your bill as well!

Try turning the gas or electricity down a notch.

Don’t ever throw away food

Check your refrigerator regularly to see if something might go off soon, what can be frozen, what leftover can become your dinner. Don’t buy more food than you need, I prefer buying less amount of food and make a point of consuming everything I buy –I find throwing away food offensive: it’s a waste of resources and a pity for the environment.

Don’t ever throw away food and eat what you cook.

Choose sustainable food

Instead of getting your groceries from a food chain, support local markets, choose the products that are available in the season –I promise the food is tastier and much healthier! Opt for more fresh fruit, vegetables and grains. When you eat animal proteins go for products with a Fairtrade stamp and choose fish that has been farmed in a sustainable way.

Support local markets.

Do not waste water

Avoid overfilling your pans, it is much better to start with a small amount of water and add more if needed, rather than let it bubble away.

Don't let water boil away.

These are changes that I’m sure you can start to make; it is not only your choice but your responsibility as well. Our world needs help and it is within your reach –don’t turn your back on it.

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Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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