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Get switched on to greener cooking – hot tips for energy-saving meals

Grab a copy of the free cookbook designed to help you cut costs

A free recipe book has been created to help households slash their cooking times and make energy-saving meals without the need to splash out on complicated air fryers.

By tweaking ingredients and ways of preparing meals, clever cooking can reduce energy costs by up to 80% compared to traditional recipes.

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Dinner can be energy saving, a new study has shown (Credit: Unsplash)

Energy saving with clever cooking

Research shows it costs £208.93 a year to cook for an hour a day. So the free book compiled by cooking appliance brand Belling could save individual families £49.32 a year – and the nation as a whole tens of millions. With high fuel bills and the cost-of-living crisis a concern to most, every saving helps.

A roast chicken dinner traybake can be out of the oven and on the table in just 40 minutes – simply by swapping a whole bird for chicken thighs. This reduces cooking time by an hour and four minutes. As a result, it uses 62% less energy.

Or a Moroccan sausage and chickpea tagine cooked on the hob instead of traditionally in the oven could be ready a whole hour and 39 minutes sooner and cost 94p less. Baking orzo instead of constantly stirring a pot of risotto is another tip. It also has the bonus of whacking the ingredients for the whole dish – along with a side of garlic bread – into the oven and job done.

Swapping minced beef for pulses and transforming a shepherd’s pie into a spiced shepherdess pie cuts cooking time by 57 minutes and 54p on energy. And this is without factoring in the lower cost of the ingredients.

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Cooking costs are rocketing, but Belling is here to help (Credit: Cover Images)

Huge savings to be made

According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data there are 19.4m families in the UK. And, if each family cooked for just an hour per day under current energy tariffs, it equates to a £4.1bn collective annual energy spend.

Each dish is a time and money-saver.

The cookbook offers also offers tips on how to bulk out dishes with beans and pulses. And it has uses for leftover vegetables rescued from the bottom of the fridge.

Another housekeeping hack is also revealed – it really does pays to be squeaky clean in the kitchen. And not only for hygienic purposes. Burnt-on food absorbs heat. So hobs and ovens need to kept spotless to keep bills down.

The size and type of pots and pan used can also impact on energy use. Glass dishes hold heat better than metal ones. Snd packing a saucepan too tightly means it will take longer to boil.

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Brits are being urged to use the oven over air fryers (Credit: Unsplash)

‘Many households are feeling the pinch’

Amy Hutchinson, spokesperson for Belling, said: “Energy prices remain high and many households are feeling the pinch. But every family deserves good quality home-cooked food on the table. We’ve been at the heart of British kitchens for more than a century. So we’ve used some of that know-how to create lower-energy recipes that everyone can enjoy whilst saving money.

“Each dish is a time and money-saver which, over the course of a year, puts a nice sum back in the pockets of families across the country. And if every family got involved, collectively it’s a serious saving.

“Not every household has access to slow cookers and air fryers, which can contribute to energy saving, but most households have an oven. Our free, downloadable Belling recipe book helps save money in the kitchen, without sacrificing taste, nutrition, and enjoyment.”

The Belling Energy-Saving Recipe Book is free to download from www.belling.co.uk.

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor

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