THE WATER-WISE KITCHEN

YOU (South Africa) - - LIFESTYLE -

DIRTY DISHES

If you’re cook­ing in the oven, line a bak­ing sheet with tin foil – it catches food spills and can be dis­carded af­ter­wards.

Don’t reach for an­other pot – if you’ve used a pot only to cook veg­gies, use the same one to make a sauce.

Use your mi­crowave more of­ten. It’s great for mak­ing sauces. Also mi­crowave pota­toes and sweet pota­toes – just re­mem­ber to prick them be­fore­hand. Mi­crowave bowls are eas­ier to clean than saucepans.

AT THE KITCHEN SINK

To cut down on dish­wash­ing water, wipe dishes with pa­per tow­els or servi­ettes be­fore wash­ing.

Prerinse dishes in a small basin of warm water. Work from the clean­est to the dirt­i­est dishes. Then wash well in a basin of hot soapy water.

WASH­ING FOOD

Many veg­eta­bles are sold al­ready washed and just need a quick rinse. In a basin of water, first wash the clean­est veg­gies, such as baby mar­rows, then sandy veg­gies such as let­tuce. The same water can be used to scrub veg­gies such as pota­toes, then used to water plants.

If veg­gies need an­other rinse, put them in a colan­der and rinse un­der run­ning water, with a bowl un­der­neath. Use for wa­ter­ing plants.

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