With the energy crisis and rising bills, almost one in five Italians (19%) have already given up the stove to save money, cook less and turn to dishes that don’t need cooking. to be cooked. This is what emerges from a survey on the site www.coldiretti.it on the impact of expensive energy in the kitchens of the country where an additional 53% have taken measures to combine the desire to continue to bring food cooked at the table with the need to reduce the use of stoves, contributing to the energy saving campaign launched by the government with the decree of Minister Cingolani. Only 27 percent of citizens – Accurate Coldiretti – declares that he has not changed his eating habits in the kitchen. To support citizens’ commitment to savings, the peasant cooks of Campagna Amica have prepared a vade-mecum ranging from attention to the use of dishes to the modification of cooking times and methods. It is better to use pans that save energy – explains Coldiretti – such as pressure or multiple cooking (boiling and steaming) and using the lid when possible. It’s also important to use the right stove for the size of pot you’re using, and to check that the stove’s flame is blue, which indicates burning efficiency.
Reducing the cooking of food – continues Coldiretti – to enjoy more crunchy bites, al dente, slightly rare, means ingesting foods with a higher nutrient content, savoring the original aromas of the ingredients and above all chewing more, which greatly facilitates digestion . For foods that, for food safety, are best served well cooked, such as chicken and eggs, prefer recipes that allow for quick cooking. When using the oven, you can plan several batches – continues Coldiretti -, cook several dishes at the same time, paying attention to the different degrees of doneness, or successively cook different dishes using the temperature already reached by the oven. But it is also possible to save electricity, may choose to defrost food remove them from the freezer a few hours ahead of time instead of using the microwave or using hand tools like a whisk and spoons instead of an electric mixer for food preparation. Practical advice to deal with a situation that requires – notes the Coldiretti – intervention at national and European level to support citizens and businesses.
With the rise in energy prices causing household and business bills to skyrocket, the price of all gas entering Europe must first be capped, not just that coming from Russia,” underlines the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini, emphasizing that “we have already asked the government to provide answers to the needs of our companies but these answers must also come from Europe because it is not acceptable in times of very serious crisis that selfishness prevails. With the mockery of which our companies find themselves victims, in addition to the increase in costs, also the unfair competition from countries like the Netherlands or Germany, which have announced a national plan to support their economic system”. “But we must also work for energy self-sufficiency – continues Prandini -, encouraging the installation of photovoltaic panels on roofs to stimulate the production of renewable energy on farms, going beyond the limit of self-consumption at European level as an obstacle to subsidized investments.And it is also important to support the production of biogas and biomethane, manage to inject up to 6.5 billion cubic meters of “green” gas into the network by 2030, and strengthen the extraction capacity which, in our country, has decreased by three quarters in recent decades . And we can also do without fertilizers produced precisely from gas, give preference to organics and, in particular, digestate, clarify the possibility of use and remove the threshold of 170 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare per year”. The activity of “do-it-yourself” processors, however, implies – concludes Coldiretti – compliance with precise rules because the safety of stored food begins with the quality and health of the products used, but cannot ignore precise processing rules that they are valid for the agro-industrial sector, but they must also be valid for consumer households, particularly during the sterilization phase.