Kitchenry


As the days are progressing deeper into the winter, temperature has started to drop dramatically.

End result to this? Well, a pricey utility bill coming from excessive use of heating appliances at home. If you’ve ever managed utility bills for your home, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about — though electric costs surge in both summer and winter due to use of A/C and heaters respectively, winter costs tend to be even higher than those of summer time. With combination of high utility costs with Christmas and New Year holidays, winter season really puts a lot of stress on us financially with a burden of spending money for ourselves (utility costs) as well as for others (holiday gifts). Especially this year, with the economy being still cold as it is, this financial burden could hit on us even more critically.

So to help you cut back on your winter spending, I’m providing you with some simple tips to save money this season: And yes, as this blog is named “Green Your Kitchen”, these are tips to save on your kitchen utility costs 🙂

Refrigerator

1) Refrigerator/Freezer — According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a few simple adjustments can trim roughly up to 40~50% of operating costs associated with refrigerator and freezer. First is to adjust the thermostat (more…)

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Have you ever heard how so many unexpected places or objects contain more germ than those that are widely viewed as being “dirty”? e.g. toilet area, under wears…etc.
Though often ignored, things like our hands and coins & dollar bills we use actually contain more number of germs than anyone expects. And this is probably why we’ve been told endlessly by our parents to wash our hands before we eat.

Similarly, it sometimes scares, and even amazes, me to see how many people ignore the importance of sanitizing kitchen sponges that are used to clean our dishes and silverwares.

Sanitize Kitchen Sponge

Sanitizing a kitchen sponge with microwave kills 99 percent of germs on it.

If you think a kitchen sponge is always kept clean by getting rubbed with a soap all the time, think again.
In fact, many researchers say that a kitchen sponge contains and absorbs so many germs from dirty dishes, that it should ideally be replaced with a new one every few weeks. However, as replacing a kitchen sponge every few weeks poses financial problems to many average homes, there’s also an alternative way to keep our kitchen safe from kitchen-sponge-germs.
That is, to sanitize using microwave. The process is (more…)

I changed the overall appearance of this blog today, to better reflect its contents and to look cleaner. I’m not sure how others will adapt to it, but I like it and hope you guys like it as well! — Tell me if you don’t, and in that case, some suggestions could help. 🙂

Now, to get to the point, I introduced reusable straws a few days ago, which can contribute to a cleaner environment. And to provide you with information on more TINY things that could help our environment BIG, I’m now introducing to you the Green Toothpicks – toothpicks that are made from starch.

Starch Toothpicks

Starch Toothpicks

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Just now, I bought my lunch from a nearby deli. For my lunch, I got a grilled chicken BLT sandwich with a can of soda;and along with these, the man at the deli counter gave me some napkins and a plastic straw.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of using straws, especially when it comes to drinking a can of soda – I think it tastes worse to use straw. Nevertheless, many people use plastic straws, and they turn into trash immediately after the first use.

So as I was drinking my can of soda, I thought “what if we can get rid of straw-garbage?” So, I went ahead in a search of reusable straws online, and found these glass straws which can be washed and reused permanently just like metal silverwares.

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I’ve been using an electric cooktop for almost an year now – and you know, by electric I mean those stove cooktops that have circles drawn on top with red-light glowing in them to heat up your pot/pan as supposed to having real flames coming out. And although electric cooktops are supposedly more innovative (I agree with this part) and safer than the traditional flame-bursting stoves, as I’ve been using one for a while, I noticed that’s not necessarily the case.

Electric Cooktop
From personal experience, these more-expensive electric cooktops (around $500-1000 more expensive than traditional ones) have both ups and downs (more…)

Have you ever made your own meal from fresh vegetables? If you have, you’ve probably also experienced one problem associated with using cutting board. That is, when trying to guide cut vegetables into pot/pan, it is hard not to misguide some of the cut veggies into landing on the floor instead of the pot.

This ‘landing on the floor’ by your veggie-pieces not only harasses you by creating a mess and wasting your portion of food, but it also adds to your food waste, and thus to global food waste.

To avoid this unhappy experience, here’s a cool cutting board I saw that would greatly reduced the chance of your veggies dropping on the floor. (more…)

Most people already know SIGG was not BPA free [until recently] and did not market themselves as such, even though that might not have been was not clear [to me at least].

I was reading an article in The Huffington Post [one of my favorite online new’s sources], and I had literally just purchased a new bottle and the aluminum bento style boxes the DAY before.

SIGG had a lot going for it: style, recyclable, reusable, cost efficient, non-toxic-super-advanced-secret-lining that didn’t leech BPA…or have BPA to leech it seemed. And water bottles are one of my all-time favorite things to buy.

Hence my expansion from water bottle to bento style boxes with the same brand.

Then I feel…beguiled. And stupid for having been beguiled. So when my order did arrive, I immediately returned it after going through the hassle of the RMA number request. I shipped my package back to them 09/06/09.

I have yet to be refunded, which isn’t inciting forgiveness or re-instating trust. So now Earthlust has my water bottle business, and I love their designs. I do not like that they are made in China, but they say that they are “made ethically in China“. Maybe working condition wise Earthlust is like the American Apparel in China?

*hope so*

If you are interested in SIGG’s apology letter, refund/exchange information (more…)

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