Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving with these Helpful Kitchen Gadgets

M.R. Electricians - Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving with these Helpful Kitchen Gadgets

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. ‘Tis the season for friends and family, football and feasting. It’s probably also the season for a higher-than-usual electric bill.

Even though we as a nation use less electricity overall on Thanksgiving due to travel and business closures, households hosting the holiday meal are likely to experience the opposite. The cost to run energy-hungry ovens and stove burners all day can really add up. Luckily, there are helpful kitchen gadgets that smart hosts can swap in to save time and energy this Thanksgiving.

Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers have been around for ages, but electric countertop versions have surged in popularity—and with good reason. These small kitchen gadgets use high-pressure steam to cook food in a record amount of time. The high heat brings out rich flavors while the steam tenderizes meats 70% faster than baking, boiling or slow cooking methods. And you don’t need to fret that your holiday meal options will be limited. Thanksgiving recipes for pressure cookers are abundant online and in print. You can find step-by-step guides for everything from cooking a turkey breast and stuffing to creating make-ahead items like cranberry sauce, deviled eggs and even cheesecake. Pressure cookers also require significantly less water and electricity than slow cookers and release the least amount of heat, placing them at number one on the list of must-have kitchen tools.

Slow Cookers

Although pressure cookers get the job done more efficiently, using a slow cooker can still be a solid choice. ENERGY STAR® rated slow cookers have been shown to reduce the amount of time you spend cooking and require only a third of the energy used by stovetops and ovens. Another upside of using a slow cooker is that you can set it and forget it for a full day, allowing you to turn your attention to other meal preparations and your guests. Wondering which Thanksgiving recipes you can try in your slow cooker? Try tasty dishes like apple crumble, savory turkey breast or sweet potato casserole. The slow cooker is also a great kitchen gadget to use if you’re hosting a smaller gathering of friends and family. Having an even more intimate holiday meal this year?  You can even find recipes online for preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner for two in one slow cooker. That’s savings and simplicity at its best!

Stacked Steamers

If you do turn on your stovetop, use a stainless steel stackable steamer to make the most of one burner’s heat. These kitchen gadgets contain a base pot and at least one steamer that sits on top. A stackable three- or four-level steamer can boil potatoes in the base pot while the levels above steam carrots, spinach, and peas separately but simultaneously. Since Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a variety of fresh steamed veggies, you can knock out several side dishes with less time and effort than if you had used multiple burners and pots. Plus, you’ll only have one burner to clean up. You can also buy stacked steamer inserts specifically designed for your pressure cooker to double the ease and efficiency.

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Digital Thermometers

Food temperature is vitally important to holiday meal preparations. Get the temperature right and you’ll have a safer, healthier and more energy-efficient feast. Digital refrigerator/freezer thermometers help you to save on energy costs and keep your food at safe temperatures. The USDA recommends refrigerating food at or below 40°F and freezing food at or below 0°F. These kitchen gadgets let you know if your fare is being kept at the wrong temperature and if your appliances are working too hard or draining energy. You can even choose smart thermometers that alert your smartphone by making a noise when the power goes out or your appliances dip above or below your preset temperatures. If your refrigerator gets too cold, you’ll be paying for it in energy costs. If it gets too warm, you risk inviting bad odors, dried out and less nutrient-dense food, and mold growth—as well as the time and expense of having to repurchase ingredients for all of those Thanksgiving Day recipes.

Meat thermometers also help save energy and prevent food-borne illness. If you decide to use your oven to cook the turkey, lower the temperature and cook it longer to reduce your energy consumption. Then, use your meat thermometer to gauge that your meat has been cooked thoroughly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 165° F for all poultry.

Powerstrips

Powerstrips aren’t exactly kitchen gadgets, but they can slay any “energy vampires” lurking in your kitchen. The “vampires” are gadgets that always remain plugged in. These appliances continue to suck up electricity even when they’re in standby mode. Leaving them plugged in wastes about 10% of a household’s annual electricity usage. Powerstrips can help you to stop paying for energy that you aren’t using. When preparing your home to host friends and family, consider the set-up of your kitchen and group your similar electronic kitchen tools together. For example, your coffee machine, toaster and electric kettle can share the same power strip. When breakfast is over, simply shut off the powerstrip until the next morning. This is a smart move that, when made into a habit, will add up to larger savings over time.

With these time- and energy-saving tips, you can enjoy more quality time with friends and family this holiday season. As always, you can rely on M.R. Electricians for all of your DC-metro area home’s electrical needs. We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.

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