A few days back I went to a nearby farmer there I saw a poster on the wall of one of my favourite booths. The farmer had decided to let his famine struggles be known to his consumers by placing his recent water bills and an incomprehensible note of what he’s doing to reduce his water usage. I took this image, bought 3 grapefruits, and came back home.
Later next day morning, as I was putting water from my salad turned into the hand basin, the note from the farmer came to mind and it made me think: What can be some ways I can save water when I’m cooking? (Which isn’t the same as “when I’m in the kitchen,” because I would hope everyone knows how to operate a dishwasher only when it’s completely full.) What I mean is, while I’m actually washing, chopping, and cooking dinner, what can I do to save water? I sat down and made the note of all the things we can do while cooking in the kitchen.
Here are few points according to me can help you to save water in the kitchen while cooking washing and chopping.
1. You can steam vegetables rather than boiling.
While steaming only an inch of water is used, rather than a half a litre or one, and it is generally healthier too. In our kitchen, we like this steamer because it’s cheap, takes up very little space, and is tough enough to last a few years even in our small kitchen.
2. Use a bowl instead of a colander.
Since a bowl is only so big, using one automatically limits the amount of water you run. Put the vegetables around in the bowl and pull them out—you can rinse a few more things in the same water if it’s not too dirty and you’re carefree about cross-contamination (cooking solves that issue).
3. Reuse the water.
You can save that water you used to wash the vegetables (or boil your pasta) and use it to water your plants and bonsais. (Drain it to eradicate any floating food bits that might decay or attract rodents.)
4. Peel the dirt away
Now whenever you are rinsing vegetables like carrots or potatoes, grab the vegetable peeler in its place. It’s a speedy and easy way to clean off the dirt without turning on the tap.
5. Defrost in the fridge.
When frozen food is put under running water it helps them defrost quickly, but on another hand, it consumes a lot of water. What we can do we can plan ahead and put frozen food in the refrigerator the day before you need it. Your food will defrost slowly and safely without using a drop from the tap.
6. One-pot meals.
It is easy to cook and clean if you are cooking in this new one-pot. It is easier to cook it all together. This will help you to save water for cooking as well as when you are washing the dishes.
7. Soak the small stuff.
While cooking in Kitchen, we have a vessel that we put all our silverware and small utensils into to soak all day. By doing this, all those tools are almost clean (with no rinsing needed) by the time we put them in the dishwasher. There are no brittle neglected utensils to scrub later, and we’re not pulling peanut butter–coated spoons out of the dishwasher when it’s done the washing. And when you’re done soaking, you can dump the water in the toilet to force flush, saving you another gallon or so.
If you have some more robust ideas to save water in the kitchen you can add to this.