Saturday, March 9, 2013

5 Simple Kitchen Mistakes That Cost You Money {Guest Post}

Cooking at home is a popular strategy for saving money; however, many homemakers make common mistakes that cost them money. Some kitchen blunders lead to damage of expensive gadgets, while others result in the waste of resources.  For example, you may save time by washing knives in the dishwasher, but this may cost you more money in the long run. 

Here is a list of 5 simple kitchen errors that may be costing you money.

1. Washing knives in the dishwasher.  

Knife blades get dull when in contact with water for a long period of time. If you put knives in the dish washer, the high temperatures may cause the handle to contract and expand, which may lead to a cracked handle and a dull blade. Wash knives in warm soapy water and dry immediately to keep them sharp and to extend their usefulness.

2. Peeking into the oven. 

If you are in the habit of frequently checking on food inside the oven, you might want to reconsider this practice. It allows heat to escape and affects your cooking time.  It is better to buy an oven with a window that allows you to look inside. 

3. Using non-stick cookware over high heat.

Extremely high temperatures can cause dangerous fumes and break down the coating of non-stick cookware. These fumes can also be toxic. Therefore, turn down the temperature when cooking with non-stick cookware. In addition, non-stick cookware should never be washed in the dishwasher.

4. Refrigerating certain foods.

Refrigerating certain foods like tomatoes, potatoes, and bread can hinder the flavor and even speed spoilage. These foods should be kept in the pantry or on the counter rather than in the fridge.  However, other foods like eggs, dairy products and meat, need to be kept adequately chilled to retard spoilage and extend shelf life. 

5. Wasting energy.

Boiling ice cold water or heating food without a lid can increase the consumption of cooking fuel. In addition, keeping the temperature of refrigerators too cold or pre-heating ovens for longer periods than necessary can add to costs. Stick to effective and good habits like setting a timer, using lids, etc.

These are the common kitchen mistakes committed by many people. Keep a check on them to enjoy cooking as well as save money.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Zara, a Guest blogger from the UK. She has written many articles on health, nutrition and finance. Apart from blogging she does research on ppi claims . Catch her @financeport.


Rachel E. said...

Good tips. It's funny how sometimes you know these things, you still don't do the smart thing.

busymomof10 said...

You are so right, Rachel! Knowing and applying are two different things entirely!! ;)

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