Power Down: Cook These Three Meals Together to Conserve Energy and Save Money

The following recipes conserve your oven’s heat because they can cook together. If you’re already turning on the oven to roast a chicken, you can make the entire meal with that heat.

| September/October 2010

  • Dried fruit and salty toasted rice are the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Wrapping veggies in individual paper packets keeps in flavor and moisture while roasting.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison

Pioneers knew how to conserve energy. Multiple trips to the shed to gather fuel for woodstoves inspired awareness of every energy unit consumed. Modern cooks, who access heat with a touch of the dial, don’t have to haul wood—but we do have to pay utility bills. We could take a lesson about efficient cooking from our ancestors.

The following recipes conserve your oven’s heat because they can cook together. If you’re already turning on the oven to roast a chicken, you can make the entire meal with that heat.

Double up

When roasting meats and vegetables, you can slightly alter cooking times and temperatures to accommodate more than one dish. A rule of thumb: Increase cooking time by 5 to 15 minutes for every 25-degree decrease in temperature—but ovens vary, so watch cooking items closely. If you cook dishes on two racks, reverse their position halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking.



Harvest Vegetables en Papillote
Individual packets of steamed vegetables infused with butter and herbs are a breeze to serve. Prepare them the night before and pop them in the oven at the last minute.

Roasted Red Potatoes  
Celery seeds, garlic and white pepper season this classic to perfection.



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