Preparing food in your kitchen is a great way to de-stress and unwind at the end of a long day. It's also a wonderful way to bring the members of your family together to enjoy a fun activity and a healthy meal or snack.
Many of the things you might make require water. Perhaps you're preparing pasta primavera and you need to blanch vegetables and boil noodles. Or maybe you're baking some bread or brownies and water is an essential ingredient to the treat. No matter what you are making, you are likely to have dishes to clean at the end of the day.
In today's world, it's important to think about water conservation in everything you do. Water is a precious resource that is far too often wasted due to carelessness or unidentified problems like hidden leaks. It is also a utility that homeowners and many renters pay for on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you aren't conserving water, not only are you wasting this resource, but you are also likely unnecessarily driving up your water bill.
There are plenty of ways to save water in your kitchen that aren't hard to integrate into your daily routine. For instance, you can use the water you need in more than one way. In the case of whipping up a batch of pasta primavera, throw your vegetables in the same pot as your pasta. You'll want to wait until the pasta is nearly done cooking, as vegetables need to blanch for less time than noodles need to boil. Then you'll strain them at the same time, not only saving water, but also creating fewer dishes to be washed later on.
Another way people needlessly let water run down the drain is when washing vegetables. Running water over the food will use more water than you need. Instead, fill a pot under the faucet, then turn it on and do your rinsing.
If your veggies are frozen instead of fresh, don't warm them up in a sink full of water. Instead, take them out a few hours before you need them and let them thaw out naturally in the refrigerator.
Another common way people waste water in the kitchen is through leaky faucets and pipes. A dripping pipe can go unnoticed for far too long, racking up your water bill and potentially causing damage to the walls or cupboard in which it is housed. If you have a leaky pipe, call your professional Omaha Roto-Rooter plumber and someone will come fix it up for you quickly.