How to save money by using your kitchen for cooking and cleaning
Posted On July 2, 2021
In a recent CBC Marketplace Marketplace report, home furnishers in Canada are recommending that people start saving money by opening their kitchens up to use for cooking, cleaning and other tasks.
While the recommendation is not without controversy, the guidelines are generally considered helpful.
The report also suggested that people look for better ways to get home-cooked meals like lasagna, risotto and pasta that are easier to prepare.
“I don’t think we have to reinvent the wheel,” said Michael Schoenbaum, the director of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Sustainable Living.
“But I think there is a need to be thinking more about how you cook meals and cooking in the home.”
The recommendations are based on a 2009 paper from a panel of researchers at the University in Vancouver, who compared cooking efficiency and the quality of cooking food across countries.
The study found that a kitchen with a small kitchen and large dishwasher was about twice as efficient as a smaller kitchen.
The panel also noted that the average person spends a minimum of six hours a day in a kitchen.
“It’s probably not a good thing to have a large, cluttered kitchen that’s not really efficient at what it does, but that’s also not a bad thing,” said Erin Sperling, a senior researcher at the institute.
“That’s a big part of why you’re seeing these trends that we see in cooking.”
The study also found that cooking efficiency varies across regions and age groups.
For example, the average woman cooks an average of about 13 minutes per serving of meat, with about a third of that time being spent on chopping.
For a typical man, the figure is closer to 11 minutes.
The average person also spends a little more time than usual preparing and preparing a meal.
Cooking in the kitchen is not the only way to cook in Canada.
The government also recommends that Canadians use more efficient appliances and cooking utensils to improve cooking performance, like ovens, range-cookers and range-grills.
But the guidelines suggest that people should look to more than just cooking in their own homes.
The recommendations include setting aside space for more than one person in a family and having people in different roles or communities take turns cooking.
A cook in the basement can also be useful for cleaning up spills or cooking when the family’s neighbours are out of town.
Cooking for yourself is not just about eating out.
Cooking and cooking-related activities can also help people reduce the amount of toxins they consume.
For instance, when people take on extra tasks to help manage stress, like cleaning up after a baby, their immune systems will be better equipped to handle the stress.
The guidelines also suggest that it’s not enough to just cook and clean up at the same time.
“We have to eat, but we have some other things to do,” said Schoenba.
“You need to figure out how to cook for yourself and take a break from it and make it better for your health.”