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November 1, 2016



Water Saving Cooking Tips

Since the invention of fire and agriculture, humankind has used ingredients and resources from their local environment to make edible meals. Clean water is a resource used globally for cooking. It is becoming more and more of an important resource that should be conserved when cooking.

Some of the easiest things to do to conserve water while cooking are to install low-flow faucets and to not let the faucet run needlessly while prepping ingredients. Instead of using a faucet as a power scrubber, you can use a bowl and a vegetable scrubber to clean fruits and vegetables without wasting as much water.

Some of the easiest things to do to conserve water while cooking are to install low-flow faucets and to not let the faucet run needlessly while prepping ingredients. Instead of using a faucet as a power scrubber, you can use a bowl and a vegetable scrubber to clean fruits and vegetables without wasting as much water. By some accounts, a family of four uses 100 gallons of water a year to cook pasta. Considering that on average, a resident of sub-Saharan Africa uses two to five gallons of water per day, 100 gallons is an excessive amount of water to dump through a colander.

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One method that has been found to save water while cooking pasta is to simply add the pasta to the boiling pasta sauce and adding just enough water to cover. This method has been found to yield delicious pasta without the wasted energy and water to boil a separate pot for cooking the pasta. If you do have to boil items, put just enough water to cover them as less water means more flavor; you can even reuse the water for plants once it has cooled down.

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Planning ahead and defrosting items in the refrigerator instead of a bowl of water can also avoid wasting water to prepare meals. Hand washing one load of dishes can use 20 gallons of water, whereas water and energy-efficient dishwashers use as little as 4.5 gallons. If available, use an ENERGY STAR water and energy-efficient dishwasher. It is important to remember that every last drop matters and incorporating these water-saving cooking tips can help conserve water and lower your water bill.