Did you know that after heating, cooking is one of the most energy intensive activities within your home. During the colder months it's important to ensure that you and your family have at least one hot meal a day; which with a little bit of planning and imagination, you can achieve whilst still saving money and keeping everyone healthy.
In addition to slow cookers, air fryers, batch cooking and microwaving, you could also try using low carbon thermal cooking. Have a look at the Ecopot below to fire your imagination!
Watch this Youtube video on how to use Ecopot for Sustainable Cooking!
There are a variety of different ways in which you can make healthy hot meals for half the price using eco-friendly appliances that are designed to cook using thermal energy.
10-15 minutes on a heat source can produce amazing meals such as casseroles, soups, roast dinners, rice dinners and more.
- Ecopot Thermal Cooker: The Ecopot thermal cooker allows for food to cook with just a few minutes of heat using thermosteam technology. This energy traps heat in the base of the inner pot and when placed in the Ecopot, it creates thermosteam that cooks your meal slowly and gently.
- Sew Fab Thermal Cooking Bag: This innovative thermal bag allows your meals to continue slow cooking even on the go. With a fully insulated bag, all you need to do is begin your meal on high heat and place it into the Sew Fab thermal bag which will hold the heat up to 8 hours. The bag will keep the heat trapped inside so you can ensure your heat is pipping hot for when you come home or if you are on the go! Each bag is also made of up to 5kg of textiles saved from landfill material!
- Cook in Bulk: batch cook meals for the week and store portions in your freezer. Cooking this way will save the amount of energy used, as you will only need to reheat.
- Eat as a Family: Whether you're living with friends or family, eating a meal together saves on energy as you are not cooking different meals at different times of the day.
- Buy Frozen: Buying frozen food rather than fresh not only lasts longer, but can also be used to make multiple meals at half the price. Frozen vegetables can also help you hit your 5 a day.
- Consider a Meat-Free monday: Go meat-free once a week, you can save money and substitute meat for pulses, vegetables and other meat free products.
- Shop late for Food Reduction: Most supermarkets start adding yellow stickers in the late afternoon. Visit at 7pm when you are likely to bag a bargain.
- Food Waste Movement Apps: More than a third of food is wasted, sign up to food apps that allow you to collect food nearing its sell by date at reduced prices. Click here for 'Too Good To Go' and see if you can grab some bargains today.