Save on bills with Parsley Box meals

Save cash on cooking

Parsley Box meals cost a fraction to serve

There has been a huge amount of concern recently about hikes in energy costs and we are keen to help our customers save on bills with Parsley Box meals.

Apart from offering good value meals and bundle discounts, the fact our meals are microwaved helps reduce cooking costs by 33% when compared with a frozen meal and by as much as 98 per cent compared with making a meal from scratch!*

Energy Efficiency

You might not necessarily consider the impact that being energy-efficient in the kitchen can have on the bills you pay. However,  more energy-efficient you are in the kitchen can have a significant impact on keeping your bills down.

Save on meals with microwaved meals
Save on bills with microwaved meals

Most consumers already know that microwave ovens use less energy than conventional ovens and hobs.  This is because microwave ovens transfer heat more efficiently by directly heating up the water in the food.

This heat energy transfer rate is about 30% to 80%. On a hob, the heat transfer time from the burner is much less — 12 to 14 percent of the heat energy goes into the food you’re cooking.

Choose the right cookware

The rate of heat transfer can depend on the quality and type of cookware used, while the ingredients you are cooking also makes a difference. Certain pan types are better at conducting and retaining heat. Copper-bottomed pans heat up more quickly than stainless steel, and cast-iron pans retain heat more efficiently, so you won’t need the heat to be turned up so high. Regardless, the short, sharp energy of a microwave can save pounds – and help reduce carbon emissions.

The microwave is generally the most efficient way to heat up and cook food – it’s always quicker and its smaller size (as opposed to the oven) means that the heat is more focused on whatever’s being cooked.

A smart meter suggests that a microwave costs 21p per hour of use against an oven at around 18p. However, a microwave is used for very short bursts whereas an oven will take much longer to cook.

Smart meters show efficiency savings

They typically use no more than 1,500 watts and are particularly efficient because they only heat the food itself rather than waste energy heating the air around them. There’s no warming-up time – microwaves reach temperature virtually instantaneously, and food takes far less time to cook. When it comes to heating up food and the associated costs, microwaves win over ovens every time.

How to save money in the kitchen

Apart from using a microwave to cook, there are other ways to save money in the kitchen.  This includes:

Rapid boil kettles save cash

Brits love their tea and boil their kettles around 1500 times a year. It makes sense to only boil what you need, ideally in a rapid-boil kettle which will save money.
The kettle can also be used to boil water  before transferring to a pan on the hob to cook vegetables or pasta. Again, only use as much water as you need.

Use a slow cooker which is energy-efficient, using little more than a traditional light bulb. Cook as much as possible at once, for example doubling up recipes.

Use lids on pans and use steamers to layer vegetables and use just one ring. Simmer rather than boil.

Slow cookers use very little energy

Help the planet, too

While the tips will help to make you more energy-efficient in the kitchen, it was also help you reduce your impact on the environment and your carbon emissions.

So you will be able to save money and contribute to the wellbeing of the planet at the same time.

  • *cooking a Parsley Box Beef Stew in a microwave uses a third (or 33%) less energy than a frozen meal of the same variety.
  • *cooking a Parsley Box Beef Stew meal in a microwave uses 98% less energy than cooking from scratch.
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