Eco Friendly Cooking

Here are some tips to help you protect the environment and eat better while doing it.

  1. Grow your own. Even if you do not have room for a garden, you can grow many vegetables and herbs in pots — even in the city. Benefits include lower food costs and the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food comes from.
  2. Buy local, seasonal produce - the next best thing to growing your own. Not only is local produce tastier, it saves on fuel by not having to be shipped great distances. Purchasing from local farmers also saves on packaging, processing and refrigeration.
  3. Always save vegetable, meat and chicken scraps and bones. These can be frozen and consolidated to be made into stocks and soups later. Follow the link for some recipe ideas.
  4. Double or triple recipes and freeze the extra meals. Buying food in bulk is less expensive, saves trips to the grocery store and cooking in bulk saves energy and time. An added benefit is that you will always have good wholesome food in the freezer and less temptation to eat fast food.
  5. Choose sustainable seafood. Help the fish and the environment by choosing seafood that either is raised in an environmentally friendly way or is not endangered. Here is a site to help you decide.
  6. Eat less meat. Raising meat-producing animals uses large amounts of water, land and grain. The added benefit of limiting your meat consumption is lower food costs and possibly lower cholesterol.
  7. Use a gas barbeque instead of burning wood or charcoal. Wood and charcoal produce polluting smoke, especially when lit by lighter fluid. Gas barbeques burn cleaner, are quick to start and produce great barbeque flavor.