The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. The room acts as a laboratory for culinary adventures and a gathering place for family, so it is important to protect your appliances. Use your kitchen and its appliances wisely to get the most out of your cooking and energy use. Check out these five kitchen smart strategies:
1. Use Glass or Ceramic Dishes in Oven
Glass and ceramic dishes transfer more heat than dishes made out of other materials. Use these dishes and turn down the temperature of your over 25 degrees when cooking. The food will cook just as fast, but your oven will use less energy.
2. Plan Ahead With Frozen Foods
Instead of defrosting frozen food in the microwave, place them in your refrigerator several hours or a full day before you plan to cook them. This does two things: conserves energy and gives you more evenly defrosted food to work with.
3. Use the Appropriate Pots, Pans, and Utensils
Using the appropriate pot or pan for a particular task often makes cooking easier, saves time, and may even make the food taste better. It also saves you from washing a dish that’s unnecessarily large. Be smart about your cooking strategy and cook multiple items in the same vessel if possible.
4. Keep an Eye on Your Fridge
You’ll want your refrigerator to be working properly at all times to keep food at a safe temperature and to conserve energy. Make sure it’s not set below 35 degrees Fahrenheit and clean refrigerator coils regularly to maintain the appliance’s peak energy efficiency.
5. Use Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Option
A clean oven heats up faster, cooks cleaner, and uses less energy. Use the self-cleaning option on your oven about once every month if you cook regularly. Start the cleaning cycle right after you’ve cooked a dish to take advantage of the heat already generated.
Protect the vital appliances in your kitchen with a coverage plan from Colonial Home Warranty. You can gain peace of mind with our affordable and flexible warranty programs. Learn how you can start protecting your home by calling (888) 481-3941.