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The ElectraLite


Cook Up Some Energy Savings this Easter


A big family dinner means your


kitchen’s most inefficient appliance— the oven—will be going full blast all day on Easter Sunday.


Making just a few easy chang- es to your kitchen routine can save some energy this Easter—and every time you cook a big holiday meal. Here are some tips: • Use the microwave. You might not want to zap your roast beef or ham in the microwave or toaster


oven, but consider using these more- efficient appliances for side dishes like vegetables. • Cook as many dishes as pos- sible at the same time to reduce the amount of time your oven is on. • Combine vegetables with the meat in your roasting pan to cook both at once, and place your pie on another rack to simultaneously bake it all.


• Thaw the meat in your refrig-


Your Dishwasher Cleans More than Dishes her empty dishwasher and uses it as


dishwasher to clean it of built-up fab- ric softener.


Nystul suggests using baking soda rather than dishwasher soap to clean those items.


The blogger also uses her


dishwasher to steam salmon in foil; to keep food warm by setting it on “heat dry cycle, no water.” She even opens


Your dishwasher is handy for cleaning household items that you would never throw in the washing machine.


Blogger Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee says she has washed everything from shoes to air condi- tioning filters in hers. Her tips: • Use the top rack of the dish- washer to hold dirty flip flops, base- ball caps, silk flowers, small tools, light fixture covers, hairbrushes and other household items. • Garden tools, screwdrivers and other small tools with plastic han- dles wash up well on the top rack. If you have used them with chemicals, however, wash them all separately. • Toss your dryer filter in the


a catch-all when she sprays cooking spray on 1104022600 cookie sheets or measures flour into recipes. The mess is easy to clean up: Just run the dishwasher.


erator a day or two before roasting so you won’t have to defrost it in the oven. If you’re in a hurry, thaw the roast in the microwave. • Cook in your crock pot. Even though you leave it on all day to cook, it uses less energy than your oven.


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