What is passive cooking that can save you energy while cooking?

Cooking pasta can be done by cutting your plates from the start: this is the passive cooking method, which saves energy in the long term.

Looking for ways to save energy in times of rising electricity and gas prices? Passive cooking is for you: by using the heat generated by the start of cooking, you can prepare pasta without unnecessary expense.

Passive cooking requires no change in ingredient or amount of water to cook pasta. After salting the water and then bringing it to a boil with a lid, you can cook your pasta. But after 2 minutes, turn off the heat and leave the pan with its lid on for 10 minutes, or the cooking time indicated on the packet. There you go, you have done passive cooking, and your pasta is ready to be enjoyed.

Indeed, it is not the boiling water that cooks your pasta, but the heat, which will escape very little as long as you leave the lid in place. In other words, you can save a lot of electricity by adopting this method of cooking. According Barilla, the famous pasta company, can thus “reduce C02 emissions by up to 80%” during cooking.

A culinary controversy

Behind this simple method hides a terrible controversy, Pastagate. The latter was triggered by the Nobel Prize in Physics Giorgio Parisi who had proposed to adopt this cooking method in September 2022 according to our colleagues from TF1.

If this practice seems to make it possible to cook pasta, divergent opinions have been raised: the starred chef Antonello Colonna rose up in the columns of La Republicca against this method inapplicable to high-level restaurants. “Cooked like this, the pasta takes on a rubbery texture […] the consistency of the product is compromised”.

A few euros to earn in the long term

But several other ingredients can be cooked with this method according to Planet.fr: rice, zucchini, potatoes and sauces. Similar results can be achieved with the oven for heating meat: turning off the power to the oven after heating it does not release the heat.

The economic gains are modest, with 13 cents saved if you cut your oven for an hour, and 1 cent if you cut your hobs, according to TF1.

But the use of this method can allow you to earn a few euros in the long term if you use it very regularly, for a taste and energy result that is quite remarkable.

Source: www.ladepeche.fr

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