Saving gas in the kitchen

Most Australians today know all too well the pain of rising gas prices and the sting of the monthly utilities bill.

However, it's important to realise that there are many things you can do to lower your gas consumption, in order to keep more money in your pocket and out of the hands of gas suppliers.

Here are a few top tips for lowering your gas consumption in the kitchen.

Pick the right element

If you have a gas stovetop that runs on LPG or Methane gas, it's important to make sure that you are using this efficiently and picking the right element for each job.

For example, if you are trying to boil a large pot of water, make sure to use an element that is appropriately sized so that it takes the least amount of time possible.

You might also consider being less liberal with the amount of water you use, so that it doesn't take quite as long to boil.

Clean your stovetop

If your gas stovetop is plugged up with food, grime or another such obstruction, it can often be beneficial to give it a good clean in order to prevent fuel being used inefficiently.

Don't be afraid to remove the grates and burner covers in order to get into the hard to reach places, and make sure to open all the windows to provide ventilation when using professional cleaning products.

A good way to tell if your stove top needs to be cleaned is if the flames are burning yellow or orange, rather than blue.

Consider your options

Before you start cooking on the gas stovetop, think about whether or not you could prepare this food in a different, more efficient way.

If you are just reheating leftovers or boiling noodles, consider putting them in the microwave for a few minutes rather than heating them on the stove.

Alternatively, do you have a steamer or a pressure cooker that you could use instead? These are not only often more efficient, but can also add a great deal of flavour to a dish as well.