This is Day 58 of the Green in 365 series!
By Sara Shay from Your Thriving Family
Drought Advisory. Be Water Wise. Don’t Waste Water.
You’ve most likely heard how much water we waste and misuse right?
Since moving to an older, larger house I have been watching an astonishing water bill. It has also made me aware of how much water has been going down the drain, along with our money and resources. So it has made me change my ways while standing at the kitchen sink.
9 Ways to Conserve and Reusing Water in the Kitchen
1. Wash your produce in batches. Instead of turning the faucet in preparation for every meal, wash when you get home from your shopping trip – once!
2. Use a lid. Not only will this speed up your cooking – or water boiling, it saves from all that water going up in vapor.
3. Cook twice with the same water. When boiling rice, potatoes, pasta, eggs or the like, place a steamer basket on top instead of a lid and cook your veggies all using the same pot of water. If the steamer basket doesn’t fit perfectly on your pot, use a splatter screen to set the basket on.
4. Water your plants. You can allow your cooking water to cool and water your plants with it. This actually benefits the plant because the water contains minerals from the food you cooked in it.
5. Rinse your dishes with cooking water. Some days when I think about setting water aside for the plants I realize it has been raining and they don’t need any more water. So try pouring the hot water over or into those dishes that need a good soaking.
6. Use the water while waiting for it to get hot. We’ve all ran the water waiting for it to get hot. Put a pot under it next time instead of letting it all go down the drain. Leave the pot covered on the stove to use later or go water some more plants.
7. Rinse Immediately. Rinsing or washing your dishes right after you have used them takes less water than letting them get crusty and requiring more water and elbow grease.
8. Cut out the pre-washing. If you use a dishwasher, try scraping off any large food particles and put them in! Most of your dishes will come out sparkly clean – the few that don’t you can then hand wash. If you get to them while they are still wet they can usually be wiped clean and don’t require much scrubbing.
9. Compost instead of using the garbage disposal. Not only are you going to get some good soil for growing your own veggies, but you won’t be running water when you turn on your disposal.
How are you limiting your water waste in the kitchen?
Sara from Your Thriving Family is a full-time mama to three beautiful, sweet & mischievous blessings. Wife of 8 years to a man who has an amazing heart for working with youth. She is a homemaker, gardener, chicken-raiser, doul
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