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Opinion: Follow these 9 useful tips to save your gas/kerosene

Do you know that it is possible to save a big percentage your cooking gas or kerosene by following good cooking practices? Below are the few but very useful tips on how to minimize wastage and get value for the money you spend on buying cooking gas or kerosene.

1. Avoid idle flame: we are all guilty of this, we always light our gas or stove when the pot to put on that fire is not even ready yet. Some people will light the stove or gas before going to fetch water that will used for cooking. Light your stove only when you are actually ready to cook and all ingredients are nearby. That small time of flaming unused may not mean much but put it together with several other times and you'll realize you wasted a lot of gas or kerosene.

2. Use Optimum quantity of water: since water is greatly used in cooking, you should know that surplus water wastes fuel which could otherwise be saved. To boil small yam, some people will load the pot with water. That fuel used to make that surplus water boil would have been saved. Some people want to make tea, but will put water and fill up the kettle, then they discard it. Stop it, you are wasting the kero or gas.

3. Reduce the flame when boiling starts: it is common knowledge that food cooked over low heat tastes better, because the ingredients are infused into the food slowly. There's no need to keep the flame high after your food has reached booking point, turn it low. The time taken to cook is just the same. Reduce flame to save fuel as well to make your food tasty.

4. Soak before cooking: I learnt this one late. Usually I would put my beans on fire and boil it for hours. But now, I soak my beans overnight. They are softer and reduce boiling time and cooking time, thereby saving me sizeable quantity of gas.

5. Cover your pot while cooking: i don't know why people keep their pot open while cooking. Apart from the fact that it is hygienic, it will also save you gas or kerosene. When you cover your pot, you trap heat inside it and make cooking faster. When your pot is open it looses heat.

6. Use each burner according to pot size: if you are using a small pot to cook, there's no need placing it on the big gas burner, that extra flame around the pot is wasting. Use the small burner for small pots and conserve fuel. When your pot covers the flame completely, no heat is lost, no gas or kerosene is wasting. If it's only big burner you have, lower the flame to the size of each pot.

7. Make sure your burner is clean: regular maintenance of your gas burner or stove will ensure less usage of fuel. Don't allow them to be clogged with soot.

8. Clean the bottom of your pots: even a small thick coating of soot on the back of your pot will reduce the time heat gets to the food you are cooking. Clean it always.

9. Allow frozen food to melt: don't just take out frozen food from the fridge and straight to the pot to be placed on fire, it will take longer time for it to be heated up. Allow it to dissolve first. If you are eating in the evening, take it from the fridge towards then so it has time to melt before you put it on fire.

All these steps if taken carefully will save you some gas and kerosene. They way things are expensive in this country, we need to minimize wastage as much as we can.

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