THE WATER-WISE KITCHEN
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.
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.