Despite the crazy weather in some parts of the country – flash flooding and lots of rain – some areas are struggling with a drought where their water use is restricted. If you have never been without water, this probably seems foreign to you, right? What is the big deal, you can’t water your lawn or wash your car?But have you ever thought about what life would be like without water? You go to brush your teeth and suddenly the tap runs dry. Annoying, right?
Many people are making a conscious effort to conserve water. Many are doing their bit. Let us do ours too. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms where water is a necessity, be it cooking or cleaning.
Here are some ways to save water in the kitchen:
1. A sink full of dirty dishes to wash.
When you are washing dishes, don’t keep the water running. Make sure that you scrape the dishes clean before putting in the sink. Try and use the same pot or pan for cooking multiple dishes, one at a time.
2. Choose utensils wisely
When picking a pan for cooking, pick one that is the right size not TOO big. If it is too big for a smaller quantity or food, it will need more water to cook. I usually make this mistake when cooking pasta. What if you ditched the pans, and eat more of raw veggies and fruits. Feel healthy and save water!
3. Oops!! I forgot to thaw chicken for dinner.
Don’t throw frozen meat in running water to defrost it for dinner. Take it out of the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator for use, well in advance. Or use a crock pot and place all of your ingredients including the frozen meat in it to cook. Save time and energy with dinner preparation.
4. Steam away
Did you know that steaming food (especially veggies) instead of boiling is healthier. When steaming multiple foods, try to steam in one go, using separate sections in the steamer.
5. Washing the produce
Use a pan full of water to wash fruits and vegetables rather than using running water. This will reduce water use and the dirty water can be reused for watering house plants.
6. Choose your menu wisely
Try sautéed dry dishes, which will be more flavorful. Do you know sautéing in oil originated in arid regions of the world because of scarcity of water? Coconut oil is one of my favorite to cook with.
7. Measure me!
Put only required quantity of water while cooking food. Adding more water will consume more fuel and time as well as waste water too. It will also lead to more loss of nutrients. I am so guilty of this!
8. Gosh!! It leaks!!
This may seem like a no-brainer BUT get your leaky faucets repaired. Constant dripping wastes a big amount of water.
Remember, small adjustments can make a BIG impact. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. What do you do to save water in your house? Share your best tips with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!