Did anyone read the story in the New York Times about people unplugging their refrigerators/freezers to lower their energy usage? While I’m all for environmental responsibility, I guarantee my household without our fridge and freezer would leave a much larger carbon footprint from take-out boxes, and our family would physically feel the effect of less fresh food. I also think my freezer helps me be less wasteful as I’m able to store parts of large packages of meat or veggies, and foods that might otherwise be thrown away.
Earlier this week we came home from after-school activities, and I pulled out an Eggplant and Zucchini Bake (the recipe is in our February newsletter), put it in the oven, and set some water to boil for pasta. Dinner done! I love my fridge and freezer, and I’m not unplugging them.
But I do think the idea of a more environmentally-responsible kitchen is a great one. For example, I’ve become much more creative lately with leftovers. I really try to use everything in the fridge and pay closer attention to sell-by dates and where I place food in the fridge. How are you using your kitchen to tread more lightly? I’d love to hear your ideas.