How to Save Time and Energy in the Kitchen this Holiday Season

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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s safe to say that the kitchen is the room in your home that gets the most attention. In order to maximize the amount of time you spend with your family and loved ones, we’ve come up with a list of kitchen tips that’ll not only save energy but save time, so you can focus on celebrating.

Use Modest Power Consumption Appliances
Did you know that a crockpot, even with its extended use time, will use significantly less energy than a stove or oven? Not only can you prepare classic soups and stews, but a no-fuss, set-and-done crockpot can be utilized to save time with casseroles, meats, and other side dishes.

Prepare Appetizers, Sides, and Desserts without an Oven or Stove
Some of our favorite recipes for the holidays require no cooking at all! Indulge in hefty side salads and slaws to compliment heavier mains, whip up easy charcuterie and dip trays, or mix up desserts such as no-bake pies, trifles, and mousses.

Take the Slow Route when Using the Oven or Stove
We understand that low to no energy options do not work for all mains or sides when preparing a feast. However, utilizing lower temperatures will not only save energy but greatly reduce the chance of burning. Cooking at a lower temperature will also allow flavors of your food to deepen and develop. Other options to save energy here include properly fitted lids and glass cooking containers to reduce heat loss. Lastly, keep the oven closed as much as possible and take advantage of multiple racks to cook multiple dishes at once.

The holidays can be a hectic time that are full of cooking, entertaining, and thankfulness. Not only will our tips help save energy and money in the kitchen, but the additional time available means you can better enjoy that important time and celebration with loved ones.


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