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It has been quite a while that sustainable development has been introduced in India as the means to savour nature and human health, have we been able to completely embrace the concept yet?
Ever since its inception, sustainability has been encouraged as a part of lifestyle by various government and non-government organisations. As masses, we have come a long way to stand in support of it and this reflects in our revolutionary evolution from plastic straws to those made of paper; from aluminium to wood pulp, and so on.
Sustainable cooking, however, is a brand new, unexplored side to sustainable living that is also easier to adopt.
Our food choices that affect the sustainability of the environment as well as our health is considered to be sustainable cooking.
Over 7.4 million tonnes of food is dumped in landfill every year,which makes it even more crucial to make our bond with food management stronger.
Cooking as well as our food choices play a huge part in discourses surrounding sustainability. We need to address these even more efficiently and address the challenges of food management to achieve sustainable development goals. Thoughtful cooking plays an effective role in attaining sustainability as much as a shift to paper products from those made of plastic.
To have a wider impact over a long-term we need to make little lifestyle changes towards sustainable cooking.
Use lesser liquid in your food:
A very simple yet effective way to take your first step towards sustainable cooking is using less liquid content in your cooking like gravy, puree, or simply water.
While it is convenient to fill the cookware up to the brim and let the water evaporate over a high flame, it is wise to start small by using lesser liquid in the beginning. Pop a lid on your cookware. This is how we can save big on water and save energy too.
Let that flame low:
Have you ever thought about how we waste so much energy by turning up the nob? As convenient as it sounds, we end up wasting irreversible energy way too much than usual if we cook our food on a high flame. Turn the flame down by a notch. If you are cooking on an induction stove, try cooking at a lower temperature. Patience is all it takes, but it's anytime better than a future without energy resources.
Try vegan/ incorporate more fruits:
Nobody in India really goes vegan in a whole sense of the term. The vegetarians understand vegetarian food as those edibles that don't involve eating beef, chicken, etc. When really vegan implies abandoning milk products too. Eating lesser beef and dairy products have proven to reduce health risks in various studies. Choosing veggies and fresh fruit alongwith pulses, cereals and grains allows you to consume what's already available with nature without generating more food only to be dumped later as landfill.
Do not waste:
We have a habit of ensuring that there is enough food for everyone, but the truth is it leads to more food wastage.Prepare food for the ones who you know would eat and assess their food portion. This helps with the unnecessary wastage of food and resources. Keep checking your fridge for the leftovers, have food that is readily available first and resist the temptation to generate more and more food.
Practise sustainable habits:
None of the above points will make sense if you end up choosing unhealthy habits like packing food in environment-harming wraps. Aluminium harms our health as much as it does to our environment. SOLO TopCare food wrapping and baking paper uses 100% wood pulp which is also 100% food healthy. This is further affirmed as it is made consistent with food safety standards of not just India, but Europe and America too. TopCare baking paper helps you reduce the usage of oil, thereby keeping health risks at bay while maintaining the original taste of your food.
Sustainable cooking isn't all that struggle if you adopt the above-mentioned habits in the kitchen. This is not just beneficial for the environment but also keeps you and your family in good health.