‘LPG prices shoot up again’
‘Government cuts down the number of subsidized LPG cylinders’
Do you often get mini heart attacks just by reading newspaper headlines like these?
Does the excessive cooking gas usage in your house drain your pocket?
So how do you reduce LPG consumption?
If yes let me make it clear that with a little planning and adopting efficient cooking methods, we can reduce the usage of LPG and save our wallets.
Why saving LPG is important? Come on, do I have to really discuss this?
All of you know why it is important 😛
Limit the usage of LPG because it is a nonrenewable fuel and we have to leave at least some fuel for future generations to come.
Again LPG doesn’t come cheap and the prices get increased every now and then.
On top of that the occasional shortage and unavailability of cooking gas can again be a headache.
So save LPG, save money.
21 Tips to reduce the usage of LPG in kitchen
I have always heard my father say,”The man of the house can only earn money, but to save money the woman in the house should be smart and wise”.
So ladies let us prove we are smart, wise and well versed in tips and tricks to save our wallets. For that let us start cutting down expenses from the kitchen itself, as this is one area where we have the full control 🙂
Here are 21 things you will have to strictly follow if you have to reduce cooking gas usage and thus reduce your LPG bills.
#1. Keep things ready before hand
Cut all veggies and collect all spices and everything before you switch on that stove. Never put the cooking utensil over the stove and start collecting the food items thinking that by the time you cut veggies/collect food items the utensil will heat up.
No you are doing it wrong. Actually the utensil gets overheated and lots of cooking gas is lost in the process. So keep everything ready before you start cooking.
#2. Use the right sized cookware
Always choose the right size of utensil for cooking food. If you are cooking small portion of food use a small utensil.
For example – cooking a cup of dal in a 7-liter capacity utensil is mere waste of fuel. Most of the energy will be utilized to heat up the large utensil that you use.
So always choose the right size of cookware.
#3. Wipe the utensils clean
If you are keeping any pot or pan on the stove, make sure it is wiped clean to remove any water content.
Often I have seen people keeping pans that have been just washed and have water in them. They will switch on the stove and wait for water to evaporate from the utensil so that they can start cooking.
If you are one among them, stop that habit right now. Wipe clean your cooking utensils before putting it on the gas burner.
#4. Cover and cook
Cover the cookware or the pan with a lid while you cook. When we close and cook the energy is used more efficiently and so cooking becomes faster. Saves time and saves fuel.
#5. Use pressure cookers
Use pressure cookers whenever possible. Since food is cooked under pressure inside a pressure cooker, it gets cooked really fast (70% faster than conventional cooking techniques) and thus uses less fuel.
Also you can put separators in the pressure cooker and cook 2 to 3 dishes at a time. In short a pressure cooker saves energy and time.
#6. Use just enough water
Use only the right amount of water to cook a dish.
Don’t pour too much of water into the pan thinking that you will cook and evaporate the water to get the correct consistency for the dish.
#7. Avoid overcooking
Overcooking reduces the nutritional value and also wastes LPG. So avoid overcooking the food.
#8. First soak, and then cook
Soak dals, pulses, etc in water for varying intervals depending on the product before you cook. Soaking softens these food items and hence soaked items gets cooked really fast.
#9. Use wide shallow utensils
Use utensils that cover the flame entirely when placed on the burner. This helps all the heat energy to be absorbed by the vessel.
Wide shallow cookware is best to cover the flames well and avoids loss of heat energy. Shallow utensils also ensure uniform cooking.
#10. Use clean cookware
It is common that in the long run the outer surface of some types of cook wares gets coated with oil, grease, soot or undissolved salts.
Using such vessels will increase the fuel consumption by around 10%. So always keep the cooking vessels shining and clean.
Scrub of the grease or soot before you use it for cooking.
#11. Clean your stove and burner
A burner coated with soot or food spills will not burn properly and will lead to wastage of fuel. So take care to clean your burners and stove tops regularly.
If the flame is bright blue in color and is steady it means your burner is clean.
If the flame is yellow or orange in color and is non-uniform, it means your burner is chocked with soot or food residue. Give a thorough clean up for your burner in such cases.
#12. Use the small burner
You will have small as well as a big burner for your stove. Use the smaller one whenever possible. This considerably saves energy.
#13. Reduce flame once boiling starts
You can start cooking at a high flame, but once the contents in the vessel has started boiling or the water used for cooking has reached boiling point, turn the knob to simmer.
Once the food items are hot enough, low flame is enough to keep it boiling.
#14. Switch off before the dish is done
When cooking veggies, pulses, cereals or non-veg items you can turn off the gas stove a few minutes before the dish is done. The heat retained by the vessel/pan is enough to complete the cooking process.
#15. Bring frozen items to room temperature
When cooking frozen food items, first bring them to room temperature and then cook. Cooking frozen food as such using a gas stove will use up a lot of those precious fuels.
You can keep the frozen items out of the refrigerator at room temperature or immersed in water and defrost it. This will take time, but saves energy.
You can also use the defrost option in your oven to defrost the frozen food.
#16. Buy thermo flask and insulated containers
If you have the habit of drinking hot water or beverages many times a day, then invest in a good quality thermo flask. Boil water once in a day, fill the thermo flask with boiled water and use it throughout the day as and when you need.
Also storing food in good quality insulated containers that retain heat will keep food hot and reduce the need to reheat before you eat.
#17. Cook one-pot meals
Opt for one-pot meals whenever possible. Saves time and saves fuel.
#18. Eat together
Get the whole family to have meals together and try to serve meals immediately after cooking. This will reduce the chances to reheat the food every time someone comes to the table.
#19. Use ISI marked gas stoves
We all know that ISI marked products will be having good quality and efficiency. So opt for an ISI certified gas stove.
It is said that the ISI certified LPG stoves will have a thermal efficiency of more than 68% and this saves up to 15% of cooking gas.
#20. Use biogas
If it is possible invest in a biogas plant to produce own fuel. Initial expenses will be high but in the long run biogas plants can be a blessing. It will give an efficient solution for waste dispose and also a supply of your own cooking fuel.
#21. Monitor the usage
Record the number of days that you took to consume a single gas cylinder. For the next cylinder installed, try to use it for more number of days. Estimate gas usage and use wisely.
So these are the simple practical ways to reduce the usage of cooking gas.
Hope these pointers will help you especially when there is a hike in LPG price.
What methods do you use to minimize cooking gas utilization? Are you a smart housewife who gives importance to energy conservation?
Share with me in comments please.