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The Cheapest Way to Cook: Stove, Instant Pot, Microwave, or Crock Pot?

•, Daisy Luther

Unless you're Amish or going to a restaurant every meal, most of us use electricity every day to cook. But have you ever wondered the cheapest way to use electricity to cook?

In particular, let's take a look at some of the most common methods of cooking in the United States: the stovetop, oven, microwave, instant pot, and crock pot. Which of these options can save us the most money?

Keep in mind there are tons of variables – the price of power where you are, the condition of your cooking appliances, the ambient temp (it takes more energy in cold weather to make something hot), and the item you are cooking. But we're going to make a couple of assumptions here for the sake of our calculations.

Spilling the beans on pricing

Before we calculate the price of electricity for these various methods of cooking, we need to establish some type of unit of measurement. In this case, we're going to use beans. How much money will it cost you in electricity to cook a pot of beans from scratch? Let's find out.