Kitchen Tips

1. Buy locally
Check out local markets for great locally grown produce. Buy in bulk - This is one of the greatest ways to shop. Amazingly, ten cents of every dollar you spend pays for product packaging. If you buy larger quantities, your eliminating the need for much of that packaging and saving money.

2. Store foods
If food is stored properly, it will last longer and taste better. Grocery stores arrange older foods in the front of their coolers and newer items in the back. Do the same in your fridge. You won't forget something you bought, and you'll be more apt to use it before it expires and you have to throw it away. And wash, dry and store your greens right away, so they stay fresh as long as possible.

3. Try Composting
You can start small, if you aren't quite sure of the process, with a bin for scraps like egg shells, coffee grounds, and fruit and vegetable skins. You can then fertilize your garden and ornamentals with this compost.

4. Use Eco-Friendly Equipment
Your cookware and appliances affected your green quotient. You may not have considered that quality cookware is more efficient in the consumption of energy. But good quality pots and pans distribute and retain heat better, so less energy is used for both. And they last longer, so you're not contributing to the landfill as often.

5. Try using eco-friendly cleaning products
Many stores now offer green products for cleaning. look products that use natural ingredients, are sustainable, and cut down on damage to the environment.

6. Tasting Eating
A squeeze of lemon juice in your sautéed vegetables will brighten them up. A dash of vinegar can alter you soup or stew from heavy and leaden to fresh and flavorful. Keep several different types of acid on hand at all times - lemons, limes, white vinegar for starters - and use them judiciously when the occasion calls for it.

7. Peeling Ginger
Ginger can be tricky to peel with all its bumps and irregularities. Rather than using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, use the spoon. Scrape it against the skin and it'll come right off, following every contour and minimizing waste.

8. Immersion blender
An immersion blender is very useful in the kitchen. It can be used for pureeing soups directly in the pot, getting rid of ugly lumps in a cheese sauce, or making mayonnaise or hollandaise in under two minutes.

9. Onions
If you have several onions to peal, start by cutting off the end and splitting all of the onions. Next peel all of the onions. Then make all of your horizontal cuts, followed by all of your vertical cuts. Finally, transfer all of your perfect dice to the bowl and clean down your board and countertop before you move on to next task.

Apply this kind of thinking to all your tasks and you'll find that the time spend in kitchen will not only be more efficient, but also neater, cleaner and more organised.

10. Freezing
Freezing things in small batches. For example, make a large batch of stock, freeze it in convenient portion sizes in the freezer in ice cube trays or small containers and then place them in a plastic freezer bag and use whenever you need fresh stock.

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