The Most Energy Efficient Way To Cook A Christmas Dinner

With countless households not heating their homes this winter, the thought of firing up the oven, hob, microwave and kettle to cook the Christmas dinner is a little daunting.\

The Most Energy Efficient Way To Cook A Christmas Dinner

In the lead up to the big day, make sure your oven door is clean so you can see inside easily. This means when it comes to Christmas Day you can check your food through the glass, rather than opening the door often which allows the heat to escape.

Don’t Open The Door

Ensure you take out any accessories that aren’t needed, for example trays and grids, that use up heat. This can save up to 20% of the energy that would otherwise be wasted on heating up the unused trays in the oven.

Take Out Anything You Don’t Need

Waiting for the oven to reach full temperature is essentially a waste of energy. It’s more saving savvy to start cooking as soon as you turn your oven on, which can help you save up to 20% of energy.

Don’t pre-heat the oven

A true fan oven is one with a heating element surrounding the fan providing uniform heat distribution for even and quick cooking results.

Use A ‘true Fan’ Oven

Using your oven tech to your advantage is key. A lot of ovens come with thermometers, timers, automatic cooking programmes and sensor-controlled processes.

Use Your Oven’s Bells And Whistles

These all help to control the cooking time for different dishes and they help to avoid wasted energy and over-cooked food.

Use Your Oven’s Bells And Whistles

In order to reduce the amount of time your oven is on, it’s important to ensure that all food is defrosted fully before you start cooking it. This is particularly true for the turkey or Christmas meat with people usually cooking the bird whole which takes longer.

Defrost Food Thoroughly

Microwaves consume less energy than an oven, which means they’re cheaper to run. So consider cooking your vegetable sides and reheating gravy in your microwave to save some cash.

Microwaves Are Your Friend

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