Published: May 21, 2020

    7 Way to Save Water While Cooking

    As you adjust to remaining indoors, you’re probably learning new recipes, brushing up on your culinary skills, and making home-cooked meals more often than before.

    In addition to helping the environment by working from home, you can keep your water usage at a minimum while cooking by implementing sustainable kitchen practices. Here are our top ways to save water while preparing a tasty treat or a massive meal.

    Steam Your Vegetables

    Boiling vegetables like broccoli or green beans will use at least a few quarts of water. Switch to a steamer when you can to substantially cut down on your water use during eco-friendly cooking.

    Steaming vegetables requires a fraction of the water, and it preserves more nutrients in veggies like spinach and carrots for healthier meals. Search online for a steamer that is inexpensive and takes up minimal counter space.

    Pay It Forward

    Don’t dump out the water you use to boil your pasta or wash your vegetables! This water is perfect for household plants. Keep a large pot on hand to collect water that doesn’t contain cleaning chemicals so you can use them to freshen up potted plants and flowers around the house.

    If your leftover water contains food particles, be sure to strain the water and discard the food particles before use. Those pungent floating food bits could attract mice or other rodents.

    Defrost in the Fridge

    Using a bowl of water helps your food defrost faster, but you can save significant water by moving the items you need to defrost from the freezer to the fridge without using a drop of tap water. Plan ahead and store the food in the refrigerator one day before you plan to cook for plenty of defrosting time. 

    Switch to a Bowl

    Does your meal prep involve washing produce? Using a colander may be convenient, but water goes to waste as it drains through the fruits or vegetables and straight down the drain. Keep the colander stored and use a large bowl instead.

    Fill your bowl with water and swish the produce around before washing it with your hands. As we mentioned above, greywater is handy for watering plants. Don’t dump it down the sink.

    Peel The Dirt

    Your impulse may be to wash the dirt off of vegetables like potatoes and carrots. Before you turn on your faucet, reach for the peeler instead. Peeling off the skin is a simple way of removing the dirt from many common vegetables without wasting an ounce of water.

    Focus on Quality

    Customers of Pentair Pelican Water value their water quality. Many types of water treatment solutions conserve water and are environmentally-friendly, helping you save water while ensuring the water you use is cleaner and safer.

    Celebrate Earth Day this year with eco-friendly water filters and softener systems that reduce contaminants like chlorine. The Pelican Smart Combo™ reduces hard scale at a rate of 99.6% without the use of salt or electricity. This solution also reduces chlorine by up to 97%, which helps the vegetables and ingredients you wash in the sink taste fresh.

    Install an Energy-Efficient Dishwasher

    Washing your dishes at the end of the day can use as much as 20 gallons of water. Instead of washing dishes by hand, always use a dishwasher if you own one. Run your dishwasher only once it’s full.

    To save even more water, consider installing an energy-efficient dishwasher. Most energy-efficient models don’t use more than four gallons of water per load.

    Discover other ways to save water indoors once you’ve perfected your kitchen routine. From timing your showers to storing your jeans in the freezer, there are several creative ways to conserve water and help the environment.