Not a transport post…
Given the multiple challenges of emissions and in-home pollution, perhaps the rest of the world will just get on with it.
Cooking is the last part of the puzzle. I just need to get organised and do my kitchen renovation.
In preparation, I’ve tried a few things out.
This one is easy. I’m not the world’s best cook, but pasta sauce and curry are regular meals, and both work well in the slow cooker, as do stews and chilli con carne.
The model I got (a Crockpot One Pot Slow Cooker) has a removable cooking pot that can go on the stove for searing the meat, then goes into the slow cooker. Neato, one less pot to wash.
I just need to be organised to start it cooking in time – but if I do, the results are excellent.
What about stovetop cooking? Given the aim is for the new kitchen to be all-electric, I thought I’d buy a portable induction stovetop to try it out. After looking at Choice reviews, I ended up with a Westinghouse 2000W model.
It heats up quickly. Unlike cooking with gas, where it’s about how much flame you want, on this unit you choose the temperature. It’s makes sense, but takes a little getting used to – and this unit only does 20 degree increments, where it seems like 10 might be better.
You can also set a timer and it switches off automatically when done.
Overall it seems to work well.
There are two catches. This model only has one hob (is hob the right word in this context?) but that won’t be an issue on a proper induction stove. I can work around that on a temporary basis.
The other is that some of my pans don’t work. One is a decades-old stainless steel saucepan – the last surviving from a set from when I moved out of home in 1993!
I’ve also got some newer, rather nice Scanpan pots and pans, none of which work. It’ll be a shame to lose them – but I can find a good home for them. And to be honest, I love shopping for kitchen stuff.
The wildcard entry is an air fryer – a Tefal Fry Delight – a freebie given to me by my sister, as she was upgrading.
It certainly handles frozen foods such as chips with no problems, faster than the oven, apparently less fatty, and certainly more reliably crispy. (This review of frozen chips is worth a read.)
As noted in this Age piece, capacity can be an issue. This one is fine for just me, but I can see why my sister (with her 6 person household) needs something bigger.
Between the air fryer, the portable induction stove and the slow cooker (and thanks to previously shifting my heating and hot water to electric), as long as I don’t use my oven, my gas usage has now fallen to zero.
For my latest gas bill, I used no gas at all for two months straight. I’m still getting stung with the supply charge of 52 cents per day.
(I’m not sure why my gas use rose so much in late-2022.)
I haven’t been able to try an electric oven, but these are fairly widely used even in otherwise gas-powered kitchens, and friends like theirs.
So I’m calling electric cooking a success overall.
I think my next step is to get organised on the kitchen renovation – so it becomes permanent, and I can say goodbye to gas forever.
Is anybody else on this journey? Or resisting it?