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Tips for a Green Kitchen

Easy Tips
  • Be a Smart Shopper - Plan ahead to avoid additional trips and bring your own reusable bags!
  • Look for 'Green' Products - Buy products that are either organic or sustainable.
  • Pick it Local - Consider shopping from local farmers and orchards first.
  • Compost when Cooking - While baking, save your egg shells, apple cores and fruit peels to add to an outdoor compost pile. Then use as a super fertilizer for your garden.
  • Be Oven Wise - Use a timer to figure out how long it takes for your oven to preheat. Going forward, only preheat the time necessary for your dish to bake.
  • Avoid Fridge Follies - Pull out as many refrigerated items as you can at one time when gathering ingredients.
  • Pick the Right Pans - Using glass, ceramic, silicone or stone bakeware helps to conserve energy; some warm up quicker or retain heat longer than metal pans.
  • Don't be Wishy-Washy Washing Dishes - Many newer dishwashers have a catch for food or built-in garbage disposal, so pre-rinsing is unnecessary. Fill your dishwasher as much as you can before you run a load.
  • It's Cool to Start Canning - Canning is a fun, eco-friendly hobby that will give you fresh fruits, jams and preserves during off-seasons.
  • Bake a Bunch from Scratch - It costs far less than purchasing ready-made foods, and you cut down on consuming foods that are processed and need transportation. Double up recipes so you can freeze some.