Monday, February 8, 2010

Greening Up Your Kitchen Space

Greening up your kitchen space can contribute a lot to your increased well-being and better health. After all, greening up the place where you prep, cook, and sometimes eat your food means that you are keeping harsh chemicals and possibly dangerous substances away. Here are a few tips that can help you make your kitchen green:

* Pick healthy cookware. Generally, look for quality cookware. Paying a higher price for them ensures that you don't get scraps of paint or bits of lead into your food. It is also best to use appropriate cookware when cooking certain dishes. For example, iron cookware reacts with acidic food, so it's a no-no to cook tomatoes or other dishes with vinegar or wine in it.

* Opt for cloth napkins. Paper napkins maybe cheaper - but they also use up more paper, are not reusable, and more prone to contamination during manufacture and packaging. Go with cloth napkins that you can wash.

* Go for local produce. Less travel for your goods means less chances of contamination, less use of gas, fuel, and other energy sources. A plus: you even help your own local farmers and are able to eat fresher food.

-Tin Gonzaga

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