For many people, a “green” kitchen typically means eating green, but there’s more to the phenomenon than what you put inside your body. From sustainable equipment to energy efficient eating habits, you can create a truly “green” kitchen. This can be achieved through a renovation, but it can also mean turning your kitchen into an innovative and environmentally-friendly space that you and your family can enjoy. Let’s look at how you can create for yourself a “green” kitchen.
Ways to Make Your Kitchen Green
Invest in Long-lasting Cookware and Utensils
Non-stick surface cookware and utensils have a limited shelf life, and there is the ongoing debate about the risk they pose as a health hazard. They are aluminium coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a synthetic polymer that produces fumes when overheated, which can lead to the “Teflon Flu” that has symptoms that include fever, shivering and sore throat. This means letting go of your Teflon, including bakeware, pots and pans. Invest in stainless steel or cast iron cookware such as a cast iron skillet and stainless steel knives that resist rust, stains and corrosion. Avoid wasting money on poor quality utensils that rot over time or is harmful to the environment or your health.
Cook with Energy Efficiency
Tired of preheating your oven before you bake? It would be much more convenient if your oven hit the desired temperature rapidly. Today, there are ovens that can achieve this, making preheating near outmoded. Maximize the use of your oven, cooking multiple meals at once and utilize a toaster oven to make small meals as a way to conserve energy. You may not think of it, but using the appropriate size burner on an electric stove can prevent heat wastage, and using a pressure cooker to make certain meals can be an energy-saving option that can reduce cooking time.
Going “green” in the kitchen also involves the kind of foods that you choose to bring into your kitchen and prepare. Buying your food locally can help you to make eco-friendly food choices. You want to reduce the number of food miles, which is the distance your food travels from the farm to the table. The shorter the mileage, the better the likelihood that your food quality will be more healthy. Most conventional foods tend to have many nasty preservatives and biocides compared to organic foods that are grown locally and has shorter transit. Your local farmers market is a great place to get fresh, great quality foods.
Clean Kitchen the Green Way
Dishwashing liquids, floor and surface cleaners and disinfectants, among other kitchen cleaning products can have a host of toxins. Some of these harmful agents can include phthalates, triclosan, 2-butoxyethanol, ammonia, chlorine and sodium hydroxide. Ditch products containing these toxins and make natural cleaning products that are biodegradable, non-toxic, plant-based your friend. They are good for your health and your kitchen environment.
Creating a “green” kitchen doesn’t require a magic wand or an elaborate makeover. It requires that you make a conscious decision to pursue more environmentally friendly choices and lifestyle practices. It involves conserving energy in the kitchen, buying local and organic, and using green products that reduce pollution and extends longevity. Magnificent Kitchens can help you to transform your conventional kitchen into a “green” space because they can provide the help that you need to take your kitchen to a whole new level. If you want more information on our services or to get started on your own green kitchen, contact us on our website or give us a call at 508-875-4004. You can also come into our showroom in Framingham, MA.