You know the basics of saving water throughout your household- shorter showers, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, checking your bathroom for leaks, etc – but this week, we’re narrowing it down a little bit and focusing on how you can save water while cooking. After all, eating is one of our favorite things to do, so if we can combine that with saving water, that just makes a good thing even better. Read on for our favorite ways to keep water usage down when heating up the kitchen.
Wash Fruits and Veggies in a Large Bowl
Instead of using your faucet as a de-facto power washer, wash fruits and veggies in a large bowl in the sink. You can buy a special brush to scrub the skin thoroughly, or, for items like carrots and potatoes, skip washing altogether and just peel the outer layer off. Bonus points if you recycle the dirty water by watering flowers and trees in your yard.
Steam Veggies, Don’t Boil
Steaming veggies takes much less water (only an inch, instead of multiple cups or quarts); plus, steaming is generally a healthier cooking method.
If you’re already boiling something (like pasta, rice, or potatoes), only use enough water to submerge whatever it is you’re boiling. Then, place a vegetable steamer on top of the pot to steam veggies and kill two birds with one stone. This method is especially helpful if you hate doing dirty dishes, since it saves you from using an extra pot.
Plan your menu a day in advance so you can thaw all frozen foods in the fridge overnight, instead of using warm water to defrost frozen foods.
Become a One-Pot Wonder
One pot meals are beloved by busy professionals everywhere, and for good reason. Cooking everything in one pot is much easier than multi-tasking your way around a hot stove. Plus, when you’re finished, you only have one pot to wash, which makes your life way easier AND saves a ton of water!
Invest in the Right Appliances
A low-flow faucet and an ENERGY STAR dishwasher will save you gallons of water (and hundreds of dollars) over the long run. Use the low-flow faucet to fill your insulated water bottle or your home water filter that you keep in the fridge, instead of letting the faucet run until the water cools to your preferred chilled temperature. In general, dishwashers are more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand, as long as you only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
What other ideas do you have for how to save water while in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments!Back to Blog Home