- An energy saving PSA
mrsflash – after 15 minutes it gets pretty cool even with the lid on, however I do use the same technique for frozen veg – bring it to the boil for a few mins and then turn off, you get nice al dente veg thats not too hot. Not sure I like luke-warm rice though, or that it costs that much to heat it the full time 😀Posted 8 years ago
Coffeeking, I just drained it and put it in the pan with the sauce for a minute or so and it was fine temp wise. It’s still pretty hot after 15 mins.
I was sceptical I have to say, but it worked a treat.
People cooking pasta in a 24hour period x 15 minutes of gas = flipping lots of gas used!
exactly.Posted 8 years agomountaincarrotMember
If you are “cooking” rice, you can save 100% energy by not cooking it at all!Posted 8 years ago
Soak it in water for 2-3 days (change the water several times). Works for black wild rice, so I see no reason why not others. Add tasty dressing with lots of fresh herbs and good olive oil. Yum.anotherdeadheroMember
White sauce is piss easy to do anyway.
Jam in flour
Break out the electric whisk
Jam in just boiled water, keep whisking until its smooth
Jam in milk powder until the sauce is white
2 minutes flat.
You can turn your oven off 15-20 mins before the end of cooking time too if you’re roasting something.Posted 8 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
I use a similar technique to cook rice – fill pan with required (washed) rice, cover with same amount again water and boil with lid on until all visable water has boiled off. Take off heat, DON’T remove lid and then start cooking your curry whilst it stands – keeps nicely hot for ages and cooks as it stands.
If you want ‘pilau’ style, flash-fry the rice in a little oil and some cumin seeds then add vegetable stock instead of water and use same technique.
EDIT – except I didn’t read that you use the technique for rice too. OoopsPosted 8 years agofirestarterSubscriber
i accidently did this last week. I put a cup of rice in pan with cup and half boiling water when at work. We then got a fire call so i stuck a lid on it and turned cooker off. We got back about half hour later and i thought my tea was ruined but it was perfect :-). Handy as i always kill my rice lolPosted 8 years agomarsdenmanMember
is it rubbish though?
Grey cells are not what they used to be but, in one of Matts’ nutrition articles in the Mag I’m sure he said the dry stuff was better as its made with a different type of flower to the fresh stuff, better GI ‘characteristics’ or sumfink….. cheaper too 😆
CO-OP ‘packet rubbish’ is currently on offer – stock up folks 😀Posted 8 years agomysterymurdochMember
I try to boil pasta with the lid off beside an open window and put the pan off centre on the ring. Takes ages to cook and uses tonnes of power but works… 😉
Nah, I still struggle to get my girlfriend to use lids. I sometimes have to spell it out, ie what the lid is actually used for!
And am finally getting used to cooking with leccy since I moved into her flat…good thing to do long term because the price of gas will rise much higher than leccy in the coming years.Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
This also works when grilling stuff or doing it in the oven. You can switch off the oven a good 10-15 minutes before the end for non-critical stuff i.e. not cakes or souffles or whatnot.
Also, another tip is to get a microwave with an oven/grill in it. The oven in ours heats up in no time and can have some stuff cooked before the normal oven is even up to temperature.Posted 8 years ago
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