In our language, cooking is the term for preparing your hot meal. But specifically with cooking, you cook your food in boiling water. On this page, you will find tips on how to cook in a healthy and energy-efficient way.
Cooking can be combined with steaming. Everything you cook can also be prepared in the microwave. Suitable for everything you want to cook but not brown and crispy, for example, potatoes, rice, pasta, and vegetables. Cook in a pan with lid.
Healthy Cooking Tips
- Bring vegetables or potatoes to the boil with 1 to 2 centimeters of water with a lid on the pan. Vegetables and potatoes do not have to be completely submerged in water to be cooked! No leafy water is required for leafy vegetables such as spinach. When you put leafy vegetables in a pan with the lid on it, enough moisture comes out quickly. Cooking in it is enough.
- When the water boils and a plume of steam escapes, set the fire to its lowest. The cooking time starts at that moment. If you use exactly enough water, all the water will be absorbed (as with pasta and rice) or evaporated (as with vegetables and potatoes) as soon as your dish is cooked.
- Only heat vegetables from a can or glass to the boiling point and do not let it boil.
- For rice and pasta, for example, follow the instructions on the package.
Retaining Essential vitamins
Vitamins and minerals are better preserved if you cook vegetables and potatoes as little as possible. Vitamins on the inside are less likely to escape into the cooking water. Use as little water as possible and do not boil longer than necessary. The water from which you boil the vegetables (with all its vitamins and minerals) is used to make gravy or sauce.
Cooking tips for the environment and your wallet
- You save energy (and therefore money) if you put a lid on the pan. That alone ensures 2 to 3 times less energy consumption.
- Choose a smaller pan. With that and with a lid on the pan you lose less heat. Continue cooking no longer than necessary. That also benefits the taste.
- Use a pressure cooker, because then the preparation will be 3 times as fast as normal. Do not set the fire so high that the flames wrap around the pan.
- The outside of the fire is the hottest, so energy would be lost. Bring food to the boil on half gas or low gas (with a large burner). It may take a little longer before your food is cooked, but it still results in an energy saving of 45 to 80%.
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